Looks like: A Bentley Mulsanne nose on a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
Defining characteristics: Massive engine, sumptuous interior, burr walnut deck lid
Ridiculous features: None, this could be built as-is
Chance of being mass-produced: Count on it.
Los Angeles is a land of highly conspicuous wealth, a place where you're judged as much by the car you arrive in as your accomplishments in life. What better place to introduce one of the most luxurious new convertibles ever crafted? Bentley thought so, taking the wraps off of its new Grand Convertible concept at a private event ahead of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The car is based on the flagship Mulsanne sedan, a behemoth luxury cruiser that is one of the last few handcrafted cars in the world. Bentley hopes to gauge potential customers' reactions as to whether it should create a few of these yachts for some very wealthy clients.
The look is certainly recognizable as a Bentley, with a nose borrowed straight from the Mulsanne. Two big headlights with captivating reflectors flank an enormous upright metal mesh grille. It's certainly bold and imposing, less of a sleek, racy design like the smaller Continental GTC. As it's based on the Mulsanne, the Grand Convertible is seriously long — something you don't notice until you walk around the side. What the Grand Convertible most resembles, however, is not a Bentley product. It's almost certainly aimed at rival Rolls-Royce's Phantom Drophead Coupe, a fantastically expensive and exclusive luxury convertible with an almost identical color scheme: metal hood and windshield surround over a painted lower body.