Bentley’s bespoke Mulliner arm has created its plushest drop-top yet, adding new exterior details to the convertible Continental GT and 400,000 stitches to its upgraded cabin – all in the name of luxury. Ahead of the variant’s global showing at next month’s Geneva show, Mulliner has released these pictures to show the work done, which includes the fitment of a new double-diamond front grille, side vents and new 22-inch wheels.
Most of the work has, of course, been focussed on upgrading the cabin, where that multitude of stitches holds together quilted fabrics on seats of armchair comfort– albeit ones capable of travelling at up to 207mph. Each of the four seats, the door casings and the rear quarters get Bentley’s own diamond-in-diamond pattern quilting for the first time, with each diamond containing no fewer than 712 individual stitches that take 18 months to complete.
Buyers are also given a new selection of colour themes for the cabin, each sporting Mulliner embroidery on the hides and brushed silver trim to accentuate it all. The digital displays have also been matched to the Breitling timepiece, which is set within a quartet of chrome bullseyes for maximum chintz. Buyers receive a top of the range Naim audio system with eighteen speakers and two active bass transducers, powered by a 2,200-watt, 20-channel amplifier. Oh, and the car key is wrapped in leather – presumably with more stitches.
Mulliner’s creation retains the normal options of V8 or W12 turbocharged engines. While the former is the sharper, arguably more rounded offering, we suspect Mulliner buyers are the most likely to opt for the proper 12-cylinder, because why not? Do that, and this plush heavyweight (it’s 2.3 tonnes!) has the muscle to hit 62mph in 3.8 seconds. As we know from the regular car, the latest Conti GT’s underpinnings mean it’s capable of maintaining this form through the bends, too.
Pricing is not available yet, but given the illustriousness of the Mulliner brand, not to mention the handiwork that’s gone into this creation, we’ll confidently predict that many thousands of pounds will be added to the £176k required for a regular rag-top Conti GT.