This is the Bentley Grand Convertible. Officially it’s a concept car, but it gives a pretty good clue as to what a Mulsanne-based, four-seater drop top would look like.
Bentley says the Grand Convertible “represents the ultimate in powerful, sensuous roofless motoring, the ultimate expression of the British luxury automobile.”
Powering the Grand Convertible is Bentley’s venerable 6.75-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine, producing 530bhp and 811lb/ft of torque. The same engine propels the Mulsanne Speed saloon from 0-62mph in under five seconds.
Should it make production, the car will be aimed at increasingly valuable markets like China. An initial concept was shown to potential buyers behind closed doors at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance back in 2012.
Making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this week, the Grand Convertible wears a bespoke shade of Sequin Blue, with ‘liquid metal’ bonnet and windscreen frame.
The upholstery uses 14 leather hides with diamond quilting and body-colour stitching. The rear tonneau cover is covered in a single piece of veneer, the largest ever used on a Bentley.
Bentley CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, said: “This concept demonstrates Bentley’s ability to create a pinnacle convertible Grand Tourer, while embodying elegance beyond compare.
“We are eagerly awaiting the response of our customers to this car. We will ensure that this car – if it reaches the roads – will be a highly exclusive, extremely limited collector’s piece.”
So it’ll cost a lot and, even if you have the readies, it won’t be easy to get hold of one. Still, it would give the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe something to think about.