BENTLEY Mulliner is adding to its new Collections portfolio by creating the new luxury pinnacle of the Continental GT family with the new Continental GT Mulliner coupé, the sibling to the GT Mulliner Convertible.
Celebrating modern craftsmanship, the Continental GT Mulliner coupé makes its global debut at Salon Privé, which is being staged in the grounds of Blenheim Palace in the UK from 22 September.
It will be displayed alongside the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar, also making its public debut, and an as-yet-unannounced example of the Mulliner Classic portfolio.
A suite of exclusive exterior design features separate the Continental GT Mulliner from the rest of the family. At the front, the new ‘Double Diamond’ matrix grille defines the new Mulliner signature style.
It’s complemented by matching front fender vents echoing the same silver and black design, with chromed Mulliner branding. Approaching and opening either doors reveals other Mulliner design features – Satin Silver mirror caps with Mulliner welcome lamps.
Illuminated outer door sills with Mulliner text also feature, with the new variant sitting on unique 22-inch wheels, with a bespoke design of elegant beauty in a painted and polished finish.
The centre badge of each wheel is self-levelling, keeping the iconic Bentley ‘B’ upright at all times. The cabin of the Continental GT Mulliner is one defined by luxury, and showcases a level of choice and customisation that only Mulliner can provide.
A unique colour split is exclusive to the car, with a new combination of primary and secondary hide joined by a third colour through a flowing design line.
Eight different three colour combinations are proposed by Mulliner, using Bentley’s palette of hides and threads to create striking yet elegant contrast throughout the cabin.
The Mulliner Driving Specification is fitted as standard, bringing the ‘Diamond in Diamond’ quilting to the seats, doors trims and rear quarter panels, now with both contrast and accent stitching running through the diamonds design.
It takes almost 400,000 stitches to deliver this quilting across the cabin of the car, with each diamond containing exactly 712 individual stitches – each one precisely aligned to point to the centre of the diamond it creates.
The seats themselves are finished with embroidered Mulliner logos. Floor mats are edged with micro-piping to match the rest of the colour theme and chrome Bentley ‘B’ retention caps are an example of the fine details that separate the Continental GT Mulliner.
The roof of the cabin is trimmed along its full length with indented hide, or smooth hide to match the seat backs if the fixed glass roof is selected.
The centre console is dressed in a new diamond milled technical finish that uses precision machining to form a perfect pattern of facets, flanked either side by Grand Black walnut veneer with chrome overlays.
A unique Breitling clock sits in the centre of the console, while the passenger side fascia is finished with a silhouette of the car’s exterior profile and the Mulliner logo. The veneer flows into the doors, where it is completed by a discreet Bentley ‘B’ motif.
For the driver, the brushed-metal finish of the Breitling clock is carried through, with a unique design to the main gauges of the LED instrument cluster where careful skeuomorphic design and digital textures makes the virtual dials look like real metal.
Further personalisation is available through a range of 88 contemporary, colourised veneer finishes that can be matched to the interior or exterior of the car.
Burr walnut veneer is hand sanded and polished to produce a perfectly smooth finish before painting to match the colour of the customer’s choice. Once dry, the veneer is polished to achieve a mirror-like finish.
Customers of the Continental GT Mulliner can choose either Bentley’s iconic 6.0-litre W12 power train delivering 467kW, or its sublime 4.0-litre V8 offering 404kW, for a level of performance to juxtapose the car’s handcrafted luxury.
Bentley’s pioneering 48V electric active anti-roll technology, Bentley Dynamic Ride, is fitted as standard, delivering incredible body control and stability during cornering and a relaxed, cossetting ride when cruising.
Orders for coupe and convertible versions of the Continental GT Mulliner will be taken from October, with first deliveries beginning early next year.
Customers of the Continental GT Mulliner will receive the keys to their car in a bespoke, Mulliner-branded and handcrafted presentation box containing individual leather pouches matching the three-colour interior configuration of their car.