Bentley Goes Grand in LA With New Convertible Concept
Let’s face it. The rich are different from you and I. Exhibit A is the new Bentley Grand Convertible introduced prior to the LA Auto Show. Its color was inspired by a single sequin from a customer’s haute couture gown. Add the fact that it features a silver “liquid metal” finish to the trunk and windscreen frame. It’s all finished by hand before being polished to a high shine. That’s not happening to your Ford Focus any time soon. RELATED: See more photos of the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur
The interior also speaks to the other world the top 1 percent of the One Percenters. Fourteen – that’s right 14 – naturally tanned leather hides are merged together with progressive-diamond quilting. The shape of the pattern changes over the seats and doors in a cabin sized for four adults.
Just because standard leather isn’t a big enough challenge, Sequin Blue thread is cross-stitched by hand through the linen-colored leather. The light hide is contrasted by Beluga (you know like whales and caviar) leather around the top of the doors and extending back to the rear tonneau, framed in polished chrome.
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And just to keep hammering home the exclusivity of the Grand Convertible (which is actually quite a simple name) the tonneau, in the words of Bentley, is “replete with book-matched, mirror-finished and dark-stained Burr Walnut … it features the largest piece of wood veneer ever applied to a Bentley.” Just for good measure, it is also fashioned entirely by hand.
Somewhat surprisingly, the engine is only a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8. Sure it pumps out 530 horsepower and 811 lb.-ft. of torque but the Dodge Challenger Hellcat fairly kicks its butt in that department.
No pricing or on-sale date announced yet.
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