Mulliner is the customization arm of Bentley and it’s very popular with its buyers due to the greater scope for personalization and getting a bespoke touch for your new luxury car. In today’s world, a sportier outline sans chrome is somewhat catching on in terms of luxury car-buying trends. Bentley says that its Blackline external treatment is extremely popular while now it has been combined with its Mulliner division. The new Mulliner Blackline specification for the GT and GT Convertible bring black as an alternative to the exterior chrome-work on the cars. Hence it lends a more sinister look while in response to the increasing demand for black versions of standard chrome designs. In fact, 38 percent of Continental GT family orders globally now include this option.
For the Blackline version, all of the exterior chrome or design details excluding the Bentley ‘Winged B’ badge turn black, as does the radiator grille bezel. In place of the satin silver upper mirror caps typical of a GT Mulliner, for the Blackline version, the mirrors are finished in gloss Beluga black. The signature Mulliner matrix wing vents are also blackened and finished with bright Mulliner branding. The radiator grille remains black with bright edges to the 3D design and the lower bumper grilles are also finished in black.
The GT Mulliner Blackline models also feature 22” painted black rims, with self-leveling badges featuring a chrome ring. Alternatively, a black Mulliner wheel with contrast polished ‘pockets’ will be available in the near future.
The interior of the GT Mulliner Blackline remains unchanged from the existing Mulliner edition, allowing buyers to spec any color combination they choose as part of Mulliner’s wide and near-limitless offering, or one of eight recommended three-color combinations, using Bentley’s wide palette of hides and threads. It also features “Diamond in Diamond” quilting for the seats, doors, and rear quarter panels, featuring both contrast and accent stitching running through the diamond layout. With almost 400,000 stitches in the cabin of each car, each diamond contains exactly 712 individual stitches. In terms of engine options, customers would be able to choose between Bentley’s staple 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 delivering 635 PS (626 bhp), or the sportier 4.0-liter V8, which offers 550 PS (542 bhp).