The Bentley Continental GT and GT Cabriolet receive a darker look from the new Mulliner Blackline package which replaces the usual chrome with blackened parts. Mulliner is the British brand’s personalization division that creates style packs for the company’s products and builds specially equipped vehicles for exclusive customers.
The new pack takes the existing Blackline and adds parts from Mulliner. According to Bentley, 38% of Continental GT model orders worldwide have the existing Blackline option, so there is good reason to expand the choices for wealthy customers.
The Mulliner Blackline set replaces almost all of the exterior shiny elements. The exceptions are the Bentley badge and the grille mesh edges. The mirror caps are in the glossy black Beluga color.
Cars with this option also have 22 inch black wheels which have self-leveling badges, which have a chrome ring around them. Later, Bentley will offer an optional design with contrasting polished pockets.
Inside, shoppers can choose from the extensive list of Mulliner upholstery colors. If a customer wants to leave the choice to Bentley, the company offers eight recommended three-color combinations. The interior design includes diamond-on-diamond quilting for areas such as seats and door panels.
This package does not affect the powertrain. Buyers can get the Mulliner Blackline with a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 offering 626 horsepower (467 kilowatts) and 664 pound-feet (900 Newton-meters) or a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 542 hp (404 kW). 558 lb-ft (757 Nm).
Bentley reportedly intends to add a plug-in hybrid powertrain to the Continental GT lineup. The automaker’s engineering boss said some customers were interested in a model that could run at zero emissions. The obvious choice would be the PHEV configuration of the 536 hp (400 kW) Flying Spur Hybrid which can travel 40 kilometers of electric charge in the European WLTP test cycle.