Bentley done some form of witchcraft when it released the Continental GT Speed very last yr. By some means it managed to take a 2.3-tonne coupe and switch it into a vehicle that does not get in a huff when you clearly show it some twisty tarmac. But what if you choose the dynamics of the Speed and mash it with all the magnificent bits from the even fancier Azure? Properly, you’d get this: the new Continental GT Mulliner.
Admittedly, you might not be able to place all the discrepancies at at the time, provided that the typical Continental GT is hardly what you’d call rudimentary – but there are a several parts to glimpse out for. For instance, the Mulliner will get a new grille with what Bentley phone calls its ‘Double Diamond’ finish, which is echoed at the foundation of the wings driving the front wheels and surrounds a Mulliner badge. The wing mirrors also challenge the Mulliner identify on the flooring when you open up the doors – just to remind you this ain’t no everyday Conti.
But it is within exactly where Bentley has genuinely long gone to city. The cabin is centered all-around the Mulliner Driving Specification, which comes with “Diamond in Diamond” leather-based quilting on the seats, doors and rear inside quarter panels. Bentley loves its stitches, which is why it’s crammed 400,000 into the Mulliner’s cabin, every diamond necessitating 712 unique stitches. You can pick out the color of the stitches by yourself if you really want – although it’ll occur at a significant value – or you can stick with one particular of the 8 various 3-colour combos for the Mulliner’s cabin.
So that is the luxury aspect covered, but what about in fact driving the point? Effectively, Bentley has carried over bits that produced the GT Velocity terrific to the Mulliner, which include, most notably, the 6.-litre W12 that churns out 659hp and 664lb ft of torque. A few-chamber air suspension with adaptive dampers is regular fit, together with a tweaked variation of the 48V anti-roll technique and all-wheel steering. Carbon cermamic brakes are also available if you are emotion extremely brave and want to just take your Mulliner out on monitor, although it will cost you more.
Not that it’ll make a lot of a dent supplied how a lot it’ll price. While there is no formal term nonetheless from Bentley, the GT Velocity will come in at all over £210,000, and the Mulliner will normally have a really chunky quality. If which is a little bit out of attain, then anxiety not. The GT Mulliner will be producing its community debut at this week’s Goodwood Pageant of Velocity, so at least we’ll get to see it in movement – even if it’s not from the driver’s seat.