Bentley is now offering a Mulliner Blackline specification for its Continental GT and Continental GT Convertible models.
Mulliner Blackline is claimed to be a “daring, black alternative to the exterior chrome-work”, and a “darker side” to the carmaker’s grand touring model.
GT Mulliner Blackline was created in response to the increasing demand for black versions of brightware. Bentley claims 38 percent of its Continental GT orders include this option.
When Blackline is specified, all of the exterior brightware – including the radiator grille bezel – is finished in black. The upper mirror caps, which are usually satin silver, are finished in gloss Beluga black.
Even the Mulliner matrix wing vents are blackened before being finished with bright Mulliner branding. Only the Bentley “Winged B” badge is untouched.
GT Mulliner Blackline models feature 22-inch painted black rims. A Mulliner wheel with contrast polished “pockets” will become available in the near future.
Inside, the cabin of the GT Mulliner Blackline models is unchanged from the existing Mulliner edition. Clients can select any colour combination from Mulliner’s near-limitless offerings, or from one of Bentley’s eight recommended three-colour combinations.
The Mulliner Driving Specification sees the interior incorporate the carmaker’s “Diamond in Diamond” quilting for the seats, doors and rear quarter panels. Both contrast and accent stitching run through the layout.
Each diamond contains 712 individual stitches that are aligned to point to the centre of the diamond it creates. In all, there are almost 400,000 stitches in the cabin of each car.
The scope for personalisation may be almost infinite, but the powertrain choices are not. Continental GT models can be had with either Bentley’s 6-litre W12 that delivers 626bhp, or the 542bhp 4-litre V8. Both engines are twin-turbocharged.