Bentley has been mulling over creating a large convertible for years now, and it may be inching closer to actually developing one following the launch of its Grand Convertible concept at the LA Auto Show. This is quite obviously a standard Bentley Mulsanne sans rear doors and top, and with its wheelbase and body slightly shortened, so its production future is basically all but certain.
On the outside, the Grand Convertible concept retains all of the classic lines of the Mulsanne it is based upon, and it’s coated in a bespoke Sequin Blue base coat with a silver hood and windshield frame. Adding a little excitement to the understated body are high-gloss, directional wheels. The only thing setting the convertible apart from the fixed-roof Mulsanne is that this concept does not carry the Mulsanne’s fog lights.
Inside the cabin is where all the magic happens on this and all Bentleys. The Grand Convertible’s interior features acres of naturally tanned hides in a progressive-diamond quilting that changes in pattern as you move from the seats to the door panels. Sequin Blue contrast stitching ties the cabin to the body and bright blue highlights are included throughout the cabin. As always, wood plays a dominant role in this Bentley, as massive, dark-stained Burr Walnut makes up the dash and massive rear tonneau. In fact, this tonneau happens to be the largest wood veneer ever used on a Bentley.
Powering this drop-top concept is the typical 6.75-liter, twin-turbo V-8 found in the Mulsanne. This engine delivers 530 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels.
There’s no mention of a production future for this convertible, but it is likely going to hit the production line as the Mulsanne convertible in the next year, or so.