Stitching the quilting in the cabin takes 18 months alone.
Last week, Bentley announced it will show off three new models at the UK's Salon Prive event on September 22, including the first Bentley Blower in over 90 years, and the public debut of the 2021 Bentley Bacalar. Yet it seems that Bentley is getting the ball rolling before Salon Prive, lifting the wraps off the new Continental GT Mulliner coupe, which joins the Mulliner Collections range alongside its GT Mulliner Convertible sibling that debuted back in February.
Distinguishing the fixed-roof Bentley Continental GT Mulliner is a new Double Diamond matrix grille with matching front fender vents. Mulliner has also added Satin Silver mirror caps and illuminated outer door sills with Mulliner badging. Unique 22-inch wheels with self-leveling Bentley badges round off the exterior enhancements.
Inside is where the real man-hours went. Diamond-in-diamond quilting adorns the seats, doors trims and rear quarter panels, with contrast and accent stitching running through the diamond's design. Applying this quilting across the cabin requires some 400,000 stitches - 712 for each individual diamond alone.
According to Bentley, this extensive embroidery process takes a full 18 months. There are also eight different three-color combinations. Mulliner logos are embroidered in the seats and the floor mats are edged with micro-piping to match the rest of the interior color theme. The cabin roof is trimmed with indented hide or smooth hide to match the seat backs if the glass roof is specified.
Elsewhere, the center console features a diamond-milled finish, flanked by Grand Black walnut veneer with chrome overlays. There's also a distinctive Breitling clock in the center of the console, and the passenger's side is finished with a silhouette of the car's exterior profile and a Mulliner logo.
Other interior touches include a unique digital gauge cluster with rendered textures that make the virtual dials look like real metal, according to Bentley, and a total of 88 veneer finishes to choose from.
Under the hood, the Continental GT Mulliner is offered with either a 6.0-liter W12 producing 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque or a 4.0-liter V8 with 542 hp and 568 lb-ft on tap. Orders for coupe and convertible versions of the Continental GT Mulliner will start in October, with first deliveries planned for early next year. Customers will also receive a handcrafted Mulliner presentation box containing the keys.
Pricing hasn't been announced, but the Continental GT Mulliner is expected to cost substantially more than the standard car, which starts at $202,500.