The bespoke commissioning division at Bentley announced yesterday that they will be introducing a new luxurious Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible, which will offer the ultimate open-air driving experience.
The focus of the new Continental GT Mulliner Convertible is in the stunning detail and beautiful craftsmanship, such as the cut-crystal inspired, precision-made headlamps and new Double Diamond front grille which is complemented by bespoke Mulliner branded side vents that continue the unique silver on black diamond theme on the car.
The Bentley Mulliner combines both modern and traditional coachbuilding techniques in the creation of new contemporary and bespoke features on the car. For example, a contrasting diamond milled technical finish has been given to the centre console, which is completed with a new and exclusive brushed silver Breitling timepiece set within a quartet of chrome bullseyes. The same brushed finish and Mulliner branding can also be found on the precision-rendered gauges of the LED-display driver’s instrument panel.
The handcrafted interior of the Continental GT Convertible offers customers eight custom-made three-colour combinations. There is a new Mulliner-designed colour split which defines the eight colour ways, including a third accent colour to the interior in the form of a distinctive design line. And there is of course the unique Mulliner branded embroidery on the hand-stitched leather head restraints.
Inspired by Bentley’s exclusive Diamond-in-Diamond interior quilting design concept, the new Double Diamond design adorns all four seats, door casings, rear quarters and for the first time it also furnishes the tonneau cover. This interior quilting is tailored to include contrast stitching in two complementary colours to accentuate the thread against the quilting. It takes a remarkable 400,000 stitches to deliver this intricate quilting across the interior cabin of each car, with each diamond containing exactly 712 individual stitches. It is so intricate in fact, that it took 18 months to develop the embroidery process, which shows the level of detail that has gone into producing this bespoke car.
Mood lighting seems to be a popular feature on cars these days, and so the new Continental GT Mulliner Convertible also features mood lighting comprising of seven different themes, which includes illuminated Mulliner tread plates and LED welcome lamps that project the iconic Bentley wings onto the ground from the door mirrors. A nice touch!
The car’s audio system, as you’d expect, is something rather special, and in this case it’s the top of the range Naim for Bentley audio system. This state-of-the-art setup features eighteen speakers dotted around the car’s cabin and two Active Bass transducers driven by a 2,200-watt, 20-channel amplifier and eight DSP sound modes with Active Bass. Enough for any discerning music lover!
Turning to the Continental GT Mulliner Convertible’s exterior. The car is shod with all-new 22” 10-spoke painted and polished wheels with floating, self-levelling wheel badges that remain upright as the wheel rotates.
What’s under the bonnet will be equally important to some potential buyers, and this particular Bentley is no slouch, as it will be available with both Bentley’s V8 and W12 engines. The 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 will accelerate the not so light Continental GT Mulliner Convertible from 0-60mph in a lightning fast 3.7 seconds and will reach a top speed of 207mph (333km/h). The new-generation 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 is not much slower and will do the 0-60mph sprint in just 4.0 seconds and hurtle the car up to a top speed of 198mph (318km/h).
And finally, when it comes to choosing what colour to have your Bentley painted in may be a bit of a dilemma, as there are a staggering 61 colours in which to choose from. You can even commission Bentley’s artisan paint specialists to colour-match to any item or sample you may wish to emulate.
For those eager to see the new Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible, it will be making its global debut at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 3rd 2020. And to find out more about this rather exquisite and unique car, then please visit: www.bentleymotors.com
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers, professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of Bentley Motors