According to Wolfgang Durheimer, CEO and chairman of Bentley Motors, the car weighs three tons and can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds. The car features a 6.75-liter twin turbo V8 engine with 537 horsepower. And it's based on the popular Mulsanne.
Now that the automaker has shown off the car, it will do additional market research. If management feels that the convertible has a high probability of success, then Bentley will begin manufacturing the vehicle and have it ready in a year.
Durheimer explained that the L.A. Auto Show was the perfect place to debut the Bentley Grand Convertible, since the U.S. is the company's largest market and California is a popular selling region for this type of vehicle.
He also says that an appetite for ultra high-end vehicles still exists in the U.S. and China, the automaker's No. 2 market. Chinese consumers remains very important, he said, since they love to flaunt their wealth and are very proud of the things they own.
Admittedly, sales in China are beginning to slow, but the slack is being picked up by sales in Europe and the Middle East. U.S. sales are roughly in line with the company's estimates.