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Ferrari 488 Spider

Ferrari teases new 488 Spider supercar

Ferrari 488 Spider

The 488 Spider is the most powerful, technically advanced and aerodynamic V8 drop top in Ferrari’s history.

When Ferrari unveiled the 488GTB coupé in February, only one thing could have made it look more impressive — turning it into a convertible.

Six months later, at the height of the European summer, the Italian supercar builder has kindly obliged and the Ferrari 488 Spider is a reality.

Rather than fabric, Ferrari has gone for a retractable hard top for this particular model, which the company claims is actually lighter than a material cover. This hard top — which can go up or down in just 14 seconds and is therefore the slowest thing about this car — also means that the cabin will be quieter when the roof’s up, letting in less wind roar.

Ferrari has added a glass air-deflecting window behind the seats which can be raised or lowered. Even when the roof’s in place, this rear window can be dropped for ventilation and to hear that twin-turbo 660bhp V8 mid-mounted engine even more.

Ferrari 488 Spider interior

But Ferrari hasn’t simply cut the roof off the existing coupe version; the car has had to be significantly redesigned to be able to still deliver the same sorts of performance, thrills and spills as its solid-top brother.

The aerodynamics of a convertible are different, and the company has pulled out all of the technological stops to ensure the Spider offers the same responsiveness, agility and road-holding while dialing up the drama thanks to its drop top.

Ferrari claims that this is the most aerodynamically efficient Spider in its long and distinguished history and, as a result, it posts the same 0-100km/h time — 3 seconds — as the 488 GTB and a top speed of 203mph (326 km/h), yet, because it is a convertible, Ferrari has made the ride slightly softer, believing, quite rightly, that this is a car that will be spending more time on boulevards and autobahns than on closed circuits.

Ferrari 488 Spider side

However, it doesn’t mean that the car can’t perform when the time comes. With a throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds, there is virtually no turbo lag and, thanks to its set-up, the car is, in Ferrari’s words, “remarkably easy to drive on the limit,” even in more challenging conditions.

The Ferrari 488 Spider will be making its real-world debut at the Frankfurt motor show and the car is expected to go on sale in early 2016.

Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series

Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series

Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series

British luxury carmaker Bentley is building a very special edition of its Continental GT Speed inspired by the daredevil Breitling Jet Team.

Supported by the Swiss watch company of the same name, the Breitling Jet Team is the world’s largest pro civilian preforming jet team. Its seven pilots fly seven L-39 C Albatros jets at events around the world wowing crowds with high-speed (up to 565mph/909kph) close formation aerobatics.

Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet photo

Taking each of these jets as inspiration, Bentley is building seven individually numbered cars under the banner of the Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series and has recruited Mulliner, its special bespoke customization, money-no-object division to create something that is truly special and truly reflects the characteristics of the L-39 C Albatros jet.

The exterior of each car will be finished in a two-tone paint treatment — Hallmark and Onyx — with a heavily contrasting yellow highlight. This Pantone-matched Breitling Yellow is the same that adorns the planes.

Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet

This same yellow makes its way into the cabin as the contrast stitching on the custom-designed seats and for use in special embroidered logos and graphics that highlight the vehicle’s relationship with one of the jets. The dashboard, which is finished with carbon fiber panels rather than the more traditional wood veneers for which Bentley is famous, also features an image of the Breitling Jet Team flying in formation and that same yellow tone is used to highlight which of the seven planes the car corresponds to.

Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet side

The doorsill tread plates are also individual, each one denoting the car’s number within the seven-example run.

Each of the seven specially built Bentley Continental GTs will be presented in formation on July 31 at the Boeing Seafair Airshow in Seattle, where the Breitling Jet Team will also be performing.

Breitling Jet Team

As a final touch, each owner will be presented with his or her keys by the pilot of the corresponding plane and will be offered the chance to take a flight in an L-39 C Albatros jet.

Ferrari California T Tailor Made

A one-of-a-kind Ferrari California T at Goodwood

Ferrari California T Tailor Made

Ferrari has unveiled its special ‘Tailor Made’ California T it will bring to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

This highly-personalized right-hand drive Ferrari California T sports a Bianco Italia three-layer exterior paint job with a double-asymmetric stripe in Blu Hellen, along with 20-inch forged wheels painted in Blu Hellen and Argento Nurburgring, all inspired “by the passion and colors of polo and horse racing,” in tribute to Ferrari’s famous prancing horse.

The Ferrari California T Tailor Made will be on display alongside a comprehensive display of Tailor Made materials, inside Ferrari’s VIP hospitality enclosure reserved exclusively for their clients in order to highlight the brand’s customization prowess and ability to cater to its clientele’s every demand.

Presented in Geneva in 2014, the California T is Ferrari’s return to forced induction, its first turbocharged supercar since the F40.

Powered by a 552-hp, 3.9-liter V-8 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, the California T can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from standstill in just 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 196mph (316 km/h).

This Ferrari also possesses the latest traction control system to come out of its F1 program, which gives the car optimal acceleration coming out of corners. Its carbon-ceramic brakes, coupled with ABS and ESP technology guarantee quick braking, and its retractable roof takes just 14 seconds to turn this well-insulated hardtop coupe into a convertible.

Ferrari has created an online configurator for its new California T that allows prospective buyers to customize their car down to the last detail.

The Festival of Speed is taking place place in Goodwood, England, June 25-28. For more information, go to goodwood.co.uk.

Jaguar XJ Autobiography

Jaguar details refreshed flagship XJ for 2016

Jaguar XJ Autobiography

British luxury and sportscar marque Jaguar has announced new exterior and interior touches for its biggest executive sedan plus, for the first time, an ultra exclusive Autobiography long wheel base model.

As well as more legroom, the new XJ will offer owners individual reclining, quilted-leather rear seats and equally individual infotainment systems.

Other interior features will include dashboard and door inlays finished in oak veneer while outside the car will sit on special 20-inch alloy wheels and boast a chrome air intake integrated into the front bumper.

Prices for the Autobiography are expected to start at €140,000 when the new XJ range become available to order from October 2015.

1973 Ferrari Dino 246Gts

Ferrari Dino to return?

1973 Ferrari Dino 246Gts

The iconic Dino series from  is set to make a comeback, according to the automaker’s recently appointed chairman.

The original Dino 206 GT and its successors, the 246 GT coupe and GTS targa are among the most cherished and collectible of Ferrari classics.

The original Dino debuted in 1968 and was a revolutionary Ferrari in a number of ways. Firstly, it was ‘affordable’ in supercar terms at least. It was mid-engine and as a result its handling surgical, and that engine was a 2-liter V6, not a V12. It was the first Ferrari built for the road, not the track, looked beautiful thanks to Pininfarina’s flowing curves. And lastly, it was called ‘Dino’ in honor of Enzo Ferrari’s son, Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari.

Ferrari Dino

There is not a single ‘Ferrari’ badge or reference anywhere on the car. The name ‘Dino’ was chosen because during his short life, (Dino died, aged 24 in 1956 form muscular dystrophy) he had pestered his father about developing a V6.

Ferrari’s new chairman, Sergio Marchionne, has stressed that the new Dino isn’t simply a stroll down an automotive memory line, nor is it a cynical attempt to increase sales volumes without diluting the core Ferrari brand.

The car will have a mid-mounted V6, like the original, however it will get two turbochargers and be capable of outputting more than 500bhp.

Wraith Inspired by Fashion shooting

Rolls-Royce introduces ‘Wraith – Inspired by Fashion’

Wraith Inspired by Fashion shooting

Following the Wraith Inspired by Film, Rolls-Royce is showing another take in its “inspiration” series: the Wraith Inspired by Fashion.

Wraith Inspired by Fashion pic

Created to pay homage to the world of Haute Couture, the coupe features a two-tone exterior paint scheme combining Andalucian White with Arctic White, alongside accents in Jasmine, Tailored Purple and Mugello Red.

Wraith Inspired by Fashion

Inside, the interior comes in an Arctic White and black color scheme, and features fine silk, leather and wood finishings, as well as a bespoke clock.

Wraith Inspired by Fashion photo

The Rolls-Royce Wraith “Inspired by Fashion” is being unveiled at New York’s PRATT Institute, as part of the PRATT Presents Women of Influence in the Business of Style.

Wraith Inspired by Fashion doorWraith Inspired by Fashion interiorWraith Inspired by Fashion wheelWraith Inspired by Fashion clockRolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Fashion

Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight Collection

Rolls-Royce shows Phantom ‘Limelight Collection’

Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight Collection

The British luxury car maker has shared details on the Phantom Limelight Collection, the latest line of bespoke models out of its workshops in Goodwood, England. The new limited edition will consist of just 25 cars.

Designed exclusively for prestigious clients with high expectations, the new luxury sedan is defined by its lavish cabin, which is decked out in an artful combination of refined wood, leather and embroidery.

Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight interior

Among the key features is the Phantom Suite, a system of exclusive and customizable storage compartments built into the rear doors, allowing chauffeured passengers to keep their personal effects close by at all times.

The standard configuration comes in two versions: one tailored to women with a makeup case and a dedicated perfume holder (up to three flacons) and one for men with a hidden compartment for stowing multiple watches.

Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight door

Refinery and relaxation

To maximize comfort, Rolls-Royce’s engineers consulted health professionals to develop an entirely new rear passenger seat designed to maximize relaxation. The Phantom Limelight will be the first model to feature the new seat, which reclines at an angle of precisely 27 degrees and includes a cushioned headrest, a leg rest angled at 68 degrees and a foot rest at 30 degrees. As if all of this wasn’t relaxing enough, the cabin also has a calming ambiance lighting system with two settings.

Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight perfume holder

The 25 models in the Phantom Limelight Collection will be made to order, and Rolls-Royce is now accepting orders.

Naturally, the price of this bespoke sedan is not disclosed, but buyers can expect to pay upwards of £600,000 (around $900,000).

Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight side

The launch of the new model follows the presentation in Geneva last March of the Phantom Serenity, a one-off model with a hand-decorated interior geared towards calm and relaxation.

Abu Dhabi Police Rolls Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce Phantom joins Abu Dhabi police fleet

Abu Dhabi Police Rolls Royce Phantom

Sporting the colours of Abu Dhabi Police, the Rolls Royce Phantom has just debuted as the latest addition to the fleet of UAE police supercars.

The car debuted at Yas Mall on Sunday and marked the opening of Gulf Cooperation Council Traffic Week in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Police Rolls Royce

The out-sized acquisition continues the tradition begun by Dubai Police, whose fleet of police cars includes a Lamborghini Aventador, an Aston Martin One-77, a Mercedes SLS, a Bentley Continental GT Speed, a Ferrari FF, a Bugatti Veyron and a McLaren MP4-12C.

Ferrari FF joins Lamborghini on Dubai Police

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

This is the last Bugatti Veyron ever built

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

After 10 years of production and 450 multi-million-dollar examples, the hypercar that broke all records from top speed to price tag is bidding farewell at the Geneva Motor Show with the “La Finale”.

The farewell model, a Grand Sport Vitesse, takes its exterior design cues from the very first Veyron — chassis #01 — and the two cars were unveiled side by side at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.

Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale

However, while the very first customer Veyron was finished in black and red paint, the 450th example is finished in exposed red- or black-tinted carbon fiber, a technique the marque has pioneered over the past decade.

There are two other big differences: The 450th Veyron is a convertible rather than a hard top and its engine more potent.

Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale interior

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has a W16 engine with around 1,200hp, which takes it from 0 to 100km/h in just 2.6 seconds.

With a record top speed of 408.84 km/h for the convertible version with the top down, the model is still the world’s fastest production roadster.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale

Every Bugatti that leaves the factory does so with its prospective owner’s input and La Finale is no exception.

The owner — the car has already been sold — has gone for subtlety. The only clues as to the car’s significance are a small “La Finale” badge under the right headlamp and the same legend written on the underside of the car’s airbrake spoiler.

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

Bugatti is now working on a replacement model which it hopes to debut next year and which promises to carry on where the old car left off.

Rolls-Royce Serenity interior

Rolls Royce Phantom Serenity unveiled [VIDEO]

 has unveiled its latest bespoke study, Serenity, a car with the most opulent cabin of any Rolls-Royce Phantom in history.

That’s because it sees a return to the forgotten art of dressing the interior in silk, rather than in leather.

The Serenity’s cabin, from its door panels to the roof liner are dressed in hand woven, hand-dyed, hand-embroidered and hand painted silk. Each panel of the material used required 600 hours of work.

Contrasting against the oriental-inspired silk motifs is the use of rare smoked cherrywood on the dashboard, fascia and the rear seat valances, which itself is balanced by use of cross-banded bamboo.

Rolls-Royce Serenity interior

And of course, it wouldn’t be a Rolls-Royce without some marquetry, this time in a floral pattern, laser cut and hand applied into the wood.

The car also serves as an automotive history lesson. Until leather became suitably soft, refined and malleable, it was not a material permitted to grace the interior of the finest automobiles. The chauffeur sat on leather while his passengers were cocooned in the finest silk.

“Having revisited the history of the amazing interiors of the elite Rolls-Royce’s of the early 1900s, we felt inspired to share this heritage with our new customers in a very contemporary way,” comments Giles Taylor, Director of Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The silk used was sourced from Suzhou, China, a town where the thread was hand-dyed using methods dating back centuries. It was then hand woven, embroidered and painted in the UK.

Rolls-Royce Serenity door capping detail

Two Textile Arts graduates, Cherica Haye and Michelle Lusby, were enlisted to help develop a floral motif that blended contemporary design with imperial far-eastern traditions in order to create a sense of tranquility.

Rolls-Royce Serenity

Geneva is also expected to be the venue where Rolls-Royce takes the wraps off its next production car which is expected to be a convertible version of its Wraith luxury GT coupé.

Rolls Royce announces SUV plan

Rolls-Royce to launch its first luxury SUV

Rolls Royce announces SUV plan

Rolls-Royce on Wednesday unveiled plans to launch its own sports utility vehicle, mirroring recent moves by Bentley and Jaguar.

The British brand revealed in an open letter from Rolls-Royce chairman Peter Schwarzenbauer and chief executive Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes that it was in the process of developing its first-ever 4×4 car.

“Today we confirm that we are developing an all-new Rolls-Royce with exceptional presence, elegance and purpose … A car that offers the luxury of a Rolls-Royce in a vehicle that can cross any terrain,” the letter read.

The automaker added that the new model would be “a high-bodied car, with an all-new aluminium architecture”, but gave no indication of price or when production would begin.

Mercedes-Maybach Pullman

Is the Mercedes Pullman the pinnacle of luxury?

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the first images of the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman S600 limousine prior to its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Mercedes-Maybach Pullman

With its latest premium model, Mercedes-Benz is not only attempting to stretch one of its most valuable brands, the Pullman marque, it is also quite literally stretching the current definition of automotive luxury.

That’s because the new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman measures 6.5 meters from nose to tail. For some perspective, the Rolls-Royce Phantom extended wheelbase is almost half a meter shorter.

But the car needs to be that long to ensure that two rear-seat passengers can travel in absolute luxury with more room to recline and stretch out than is typically found in a Paris or New York studio apartment.

Mercedes describes the car’s rear cabin as “a generously-sized and tastefully-appointed club lounge” and that’s not hyperbole.

Mercedes-Maybach Pullman interior

The entire space is wrapped in the highest quality leather and the executive seats have integrated calfskin rests that can be raised and lowered just like the seats in an airline’s business class section.

There’s also the option of a vis-à-vis seating layout so that the car can carry four passengers, two on fold-down rear-facing seats and two in the executive reclining chairs.

As well as comfort, the car is all about privacy and seclusion. The rear windows come with blinds, and there’s a glass partition that separates the chauffeur from the rear-seat passengers. It can be raised and lowered, and, with the press of a button, turn from transparent to opaque.

Mercedes says that before personalization options, bespoke detailing or armoring, a ‘standard’ Pullman will cost roughly €500,000, making it more expensive as well as longer than a Rolls-Royce.

Mercedes-Maybach Pullman rear

But the people who will be considering the Pullman as their next daily run-around don’t care about cost, but they do care about aesthetic individuality – something all Rolls-Royce cars have but that in terms of external appearance, at least, the Pullman lacks – it takes many of its visual cues from the Mercedes S-Class.

Still Mercedes must be confident that the car will be a hit, or else it wouldn’t have resurrected the Pullman marque!

Audi zeigt Laser-Scheinwerfer des neuen R8

Next Audi R8 to offer optional laser lights

Audi zeigt Laser-Scheinwerfer des neuen R8

Ahead of its official presentation of the new R8 in Geneva, the German manufacturer is touting the car’s innovative lighting solution.

The model succeeds the limited edition R8 LMX, which premiered in 2014 and was the first production vehicle with laser lighting tech.

LED headlights will be a standard feature on the new R8, and buyers will have the option of adding laser lighting modules for better range in the high-beam mode.

As the car reaches 60km/h, the laser lights are activated alongside the LED lights, boosting visibility and thus improving safety.

The technology was first seen in the racing world on the Audi R18 e-tron, which won the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours.

The new Audi R8 will be on display to the public from Thursday, March 5 to Sunday, March 15 at the Geneva Motor Show.

Ferrari 488 GTB

Ferrari 488 GTB revealed

Ferrari 488 GTB

 has announced its latest supercar, the Ferrari 488 GTB which will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Less of a completely new model and more of an evolution, the latest mid-engined V8 supercar from Ferrari is the first to get a turbocharger.

To be precise, it’s a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 and when both turbos are scrolling up the result is 660bhp, a substantial improvement over the normally aspirated V8 that powered the 458 Italia, this car’s predecessor.

Ferrari 488GTB

But as well as more power, it’s also faster — faster than its current closest competitor, the McLaren 650S. Ferrari is claiming a 0-100kph time of just 3 seconds and a top speed of 208mph (334kph).

Thanks to a smaller cubic capacity and horsepower generated by turbos, the 488GTB is more economical than the car it will be replacing.

But emissions is the only area in which Ferrari is holding back. The 488GTB has a revised double clutch, seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox and updates to the intelligent traction control and differential system and to the stability control, meaning that drivers will be able to use more of the car’s ferocious power more of the time without leaving the track in a tight bend.

Ferrari 488 GTB interior

The exterior that wraps around all of this engineering excellence is once again designed by Pininfarina and picks up where the 458 Italia left off.

The new car retains the same proportions and stance but appears more balanced. The biggest visual differences between the old and new car are the front nose air inlets and the side venting over the rear wheel arches that improve cooling and down force — the inlets are actually integrated spoilers. Inside, the cabin has had another upgrade too.

Ferrari 488 GTB photo

Ferrari is persisting with the multifunction steering wheel which is great on the track but confusing on normal roads but the infotainment system is new as are the lever switches and even the air vents.

The car will make its official debut in Geneva in March, and expect it to be joined in the not to distant future by a convertible version.

Bentayga teaser

Bentley to launch the Bentayga, its first SUV

Like Jaguar, Bentley is taking advantage of the media attention ahead of NAIAS to announce its first ever SUV, the Bentayga.

The idea behind the new off-road vehicle, according to Bentley, is to combine luxury and performance.

Due for unveiling later this year ahead of a 2016 launch, the Bentayga will have at least 600hp under the hood, according to the manufacturer.

To build buzz around its announcement, Bentley uploaded a video in which the SUV glides with ease across the desert and climbs steep dunes.

Bentley’s announcement follows a similar one from Jaguar, who recently informed of the 2016 launch of its first crossover, the F-Pace, based on the XC-17 concept presented in Frankfurt in 2013.

These forthcoming luxury off-roaders will follow in the footsteps of the Maserati Levante and pave the way for the future Rolls-Royce SUV.

F-Pace

Jaguar announces upcoming F-PACE crossover

 has confirmed the 2016 launch its first crossover, the F-Pace, based on the XC-17 concept presented in Frankfurt in 2013.

“The Jaguar F-PACE, inspired by the F-TYPE, represents a perfectly judged balance of performance, style and practicality,” said Jaguar design director Ian Callum in a release, adding that the new crossover will be the car maker’s version of a “family sports car.”

With room for up to 5 passengers in a luxurious interior the Jaguar F-Pace is designed to offer smooth driving in all conditions and all types of terrain.

Jaguar has not revealed when it plans to officially unveil the F-Pace, but the world premiere could take place at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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Mercedes-Benz F 015

Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion concept unveiled

German automaker Daimler on Monday showed its vision of the driverless car, a prototype vehicle that allows four passengers to face each other as the vehicle finds its way.

“In the future, the car brings access to the single most important luxury goods of the 21st century: private space and quality time,” said Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche, as he unveiled the self-driving Mercedes-Benz luxury sedan F 015 at a keynote at the CES in Las Vegas.

Mercedes-Benz F 015

Vehicles, he said, “will be exclusive cocoons on wheels that enable people to do exactly what they want.”

The futuristic designed car with a sweeping curved form factor still has a steering wheel, unlike the Google driverless vehicle, but the driver’s seat and front passenger seat can pivot to allow the vehicle to become a “private retreat,” according to Daimler.

“This is what we believe will be next in the terms of the car’s design, concept and communication,” Zetsche said.

Mercedes-Benz F 015 interior

The prototype was to take a driver along the Las Vegas Strip later Monday before being put on display at the huge tech show set to open Tuesday.

mercedes benz F015

The show is devoting an increasing amount of space to automotive technology, including vehicles that offer some autonomy and greater connectivity.

Rolls Royce Suhail Collection

Rolls-Royce presents the bespoke Suhail Collection

Rolls Royce Suhail Collection

 has just unveiled the Suhail Collection which is the first bespoke collection to be offered across the firm’s full range of vehicles; the Phantom, Ghost and Wraith.

Suhail is one of the brightest star constellations and is believed by many to have been a major source of inspiration for the 10th-century Arabic mathematician, astronomer and physicist Ibn al-Haitham, the first scientist to put forward the notion that light is reflected into the eyes.

His pioneering work has left a lasting impression on Western scientific thinking that persists to this day.

Rolls Royce Suhail stargazer headliner

Therefore, it should come as little surprise that celestial bodies, reflections and light are strong design and detailing themes that run throughout the bespoke collection of cars that bears its name.

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The exterior paint finish is a unique moonstone pearl color that glistens and is off-set by a hand-painted Turchese Blue coachline.

Inside, the cabin’s ash burr wood fascias feature hand-matched and hand-set Suhail star emblems and the bespoke clock in the center of the dashboard console features the Suhail Ursa Minor and Major constellations on its clockface.

Rolls Royce Suhail Bespoke Clock

Contrasting creme light and turchese leathers have been selected for the seats and perhaps the most striking interior touch is the roof liner which, on the Phantom and Wraith models, illuminates like a constellation with hundreds of star lights plus an embroidered outline of the Suhail Ursa Minor and Major constellations.

2014 was an important year for Rolls-Royce Bespoke with many Collection cars being launched including Year of the Horse, Pinnacle Travel, Waterspeed, Metropolitan and Maharajah.

Bentley Grand Convertible concept

Bentley Grand Convertible Concept: First Look

Bentley Grand Convertible concept

 has unveiled the stunning Grand Convertible concept, ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

“With this car we combine the opulent Mulsanne experience with the full sensory indulgence of open-air touring, continuing to unite luxury and performance in new ways,” said Bentley Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, at the car’s unveiling in Los Angeles.

“We will ensure that this car — if it reaches the roads — will be a highly exclusive, extremely limited collector’s piece.”

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Bentley Grand Convertible

The Grand Convertible is powered by Bentley’s formidable 530bhp 6 3/4-liter twin-turbo V8, so progress will be as rapid as it is stylish.

Although the company is keeping quiet about exact performance figures, this engine catapults the Mulsanne from 0-62mph (100kph) in a little over 5 seconds and on to a top speed of 184mph (296kph).

But if you do end up taking delivery of a Grand Convertible — ignore the false modesty, this car will be going into production — you will want to drive it slowly in order to enjoy its interior comforts for as long as possible.

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Bentley Grand Convertible wood interior

Its 4 seats are wrapped in 14 naturally tanned leather hides, hand-matched and merged together with Bentley’s trademark diamond quilting needlework, which subtly changes size as the pattern progresses through the cabin.

A sequin blue (to match the bespoke exterior paint color) cross thread acts as a subtle contrast and is also hand-stitched into the leather.

All Bentleys are a soothing sea of wood, leather and chromed brightwork but the Grand Convertible takes things up a notch with the tonneau (the panel that covers the roof when down).

Bentley Grand Convertible interior

The biggest individual piece of wood veneer ever fitted to a Bentley, the book-matched mirror-finished walnut burr piece is shaped entirely by hand.

Toyota C-HR Concept

Have car designers got the blues?

The Paris Motor Show’s wealth of new models and concepts prove that confidence is returning to the European car market. However, if the gleaming cars on show at this year’s event are a true reflection of the automotive mood, then designers still seem to be feeling blue.

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Toyota C-HR Concept

Toyota C-HR Concept

Quite literally. Take a look at pretty much any stand at this year’s event, currently dazzling the crowds at the Expo centre in Porte des Versailles in Paris and the color is everywhere.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Whether it’s the Rolls-Royce stand, Dacia’s display or any manufacturer in between, it would appear that blue is set for resurgence in 2015.

Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4

Lamborghini Asterion concept paris

Even Lamborghini, a company famed for its love of bright oranges, yellows, greens and reds was a vision of restraint at this year’s show.

Its new concept, the Asterion, which will quite possibly go down as the star of this year’s show, was as impressive for its rich blue exterior finish as for its incredible hybrid engine.

Volkswagen XL Sport

Volkswagen XL Sport

Likewise, VW’s crazy Ducati-powered concept track car, the XL1 Sport and the new Audi TT Roadster all radiated a strong metallic blue hue.

The Audi TTS Roadster

The Audi TTS Roadster

A quick head count at each stand suggests at least 16 new models and concepts from the major manufacturers are sporting the color at this year’s event. And, the color of concepts at motorshows tends to become the consumer color of choice.

Honda Civic Type R Concept

Honda Civic Type R Concept

It’s why yellow became the must-have color of the 1990s, silver and metallic greys the tone of the turn of the millennium and why the last few years have been dominated by white.

The Dacia Dokker Stepway

The Dacia Dokker Stepway

And if blue is set to become the new hue of choice then it will mark a dramatic turnaround.

The 2014 Venturi America concept buggy

The 2014 Venturi America concept buggy

Data shows that when it comes to the used car market, blue cars are some of the least likely to retain their value, particularly darker midnight blues and indigos which second-hand car dealers call the ‘Blues of Doom’. The only colors that fare worse are gold, green and maroon.

The 2014 Nissan Juke

The 2014 Nissan Juke

However, stranger things have happened. Not so long ago experts were predicting that brown’s days were numbered as a car color.

Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli blue

Yet in 2012 the world’s most luxurious automotive brands – Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes, BMW, Maserati and even Porsche — started embracing darker, richer browns for some of their most important models.

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