Particularly here in the United Kingdom, it's a safe bet that a large proportion of Bentley owners are very familiar with equestrian sports like polo or dressage because this is a popular hobby among the ultra-wealthy. The brand is capitalising on this connection with the unveiling of the one-off Continental GT Convertible Equestrian Edition from the Mulliner personalisation division.
The exterior of this unique Continental GT Convertible wears a custom shade of green that Bentley calls Spruce. The company pairs it with the Blackline Specification option package that fits gloss fit parts to the grille, much of the body trim, and the exhaust outlets. There are also black 22-inch wheels.
Gallery: Bentley Continental GT Convertible Equestrian Edition
Inside is where occupants find the equestrian-themed touches. A silhouette depicting a horse and rider appears on the seat headrests. The upholstery for the seats is Saddle brown leather. As a secondary colour, Cumbrian Green leather covers areas like the top of the dashboard, centre armrest, and steering wheel. In addition, the door panels wear diamond-quilted tweed fabric, and there's Burr Walnut wood veneer on the face of the dashboard, centre stack, and console.
Bentley also equips this car with its Touring and City Specification option packages that equip the vehicle with lots of driver-assistance tech. The features include lane assist, adaptive cruise control, night vision, head-up display, top-view camera, traffic sign recognition, pedestrian warning, reversing traffic warning, automatic dimming mirrors, and a power-opening boot.
The Mulliner division will split into a three-portfolio structure in the coming months. Mulliner Collections will be for the group's existing personalisation work. Mulliner Classic will handle restoring Bentley's vintage vehicles and creating continuation specials like the recent 1929 4½-litre Blower. Mulliner Coachbuilt will handle more extravagant creations like the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
BENTLEY MULLINER PRESENTS THE CONTINENTAL GT CONVERTIBLE EQUESTRIAN EDITION
Equestrian Edition becomes first member of new Bentley Mulliner Collections portfolio
Unique Horse and Rider silhouette emblems adorn seat headrests and front fascia
Distinctive diamond quilted tweed fabric complements a Burr Walnut single finish veneer
Specially commissioned Spruce exterior paint finish
Gloss black 22-inch Mulliner Driving Specification wheels with Continental Blackline specification
(Crewe, 06 March 2020) Bentley Mulliner has added to its new Collections portfolio with the creation of a truly bespoke Continental GT Convertible – the Equestrian Edition.
This one of a kind Continental GT Convertible embodies a myriad of distinctive features, building on the strengths of Bentley’s iconic open top Grand Tourer. Inspired by the greatest racecourse in the world and home to the most exhilarating and prestigious event of the horse racing calendar, The Cheltenham Festival, the sole example of the Equestrian Edition has been specially commissioned by Bentley Bristol and hand built by Bentley Mulliner in Crewe. To celebrate the car’s inspiration, it was recently photographed at Jackdaws Castle – the famous state of the art equestrian training facility and home of Jonjo O’Neill Racing, just 10 miles from Cheltenham Racecourse.
Sumptuous embroidery and artisanal marquetry rarefies the Equestrian Edition. Horse and rider silhouettes adorn all four seats, that are finished in the aptly named sustainable Saddle hide. A Cumbrian Green secondary hide complements the bespoke theme. The same horse and rider silhouette accompanies Bentley Mulliner branding in the front fascia, where lavish gold detailing stylishly accentuates the straight grain Walnut single veneer and box wood inlays.
Continuing the interior theme, the diamond quilting now synonymous with Bentley Mulliner is crafted utilising an authentic Tweed fabric, with a contrasting light blue stitch introducing a modern touch and providing a distinctive feature to the door inlays and rear quarter panels. Bentley Mulliner has applied their trademark branded treadplates to complete the bespoke interior of the Equestrian Edition.
To the exterior, a specially commissioned and distinctive shade of green called Spruce is paired with Blackline Specification, which replaces bright chrome with gloss black versions to all exterior brightware, bezels, radiator grill and exhaust outlets. Bold 22-inch Mulliner Driving Specification wheels in gloss black complete the specification.
The car comes equipped with both suites of Bentley’s state of the art driver assistance technologies namely; Bentley Touring specification that includes Lane assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Bentley Safeguard Plus, Night vision and Head-up display, and Bentley’s City Specification incorporating Top view camera, Traffic sign recognition, City assist, Pedestrian warning, Reversing traffic warning, Automatic dimming mirrors and Hands-free boot opening.
Bentley Mulliner is renowned throughout the automotive world for crafting some of the most individual Bentleys ever created. Bentley Mulliner is the birthplace of coachbuilding – the oldest automotive coachbuilder in the world.
The experienced team, supported by in-house engineers and designers at Crewe, prides itself on a long history of fulfilling the desires and demands of Bentley customers worldwide.
A new three-portfolio structure sees an expansion of Bentley Mulliner in the coming months. While Bentley Mulliner Collections provides bespoking services to Bentley’s existing model range, Bentley Mulliner Classic will deliver classic car restorations (such as last year’s 1939 Corniche) and Continuation Series – starting with Bentley’s iconic 1929 Team Blower. Finally, Bentley Mulliner Coachbuilt is defining the future of coachbuilding, and debuted the new Bentley Mulliner Bacalar at earlier this week.
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