JP GRE­GORY, BENT­LEY HEAD OF EX­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN

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Con­ti­nen­tal GT coupé or con­vert­ible? “As a car en­thu­si­ast, tra­di­tion­ally I’d say I was a coupé guy, but hon­estly, with my own money I would buy the Con­vert­ible. When you think what the car is about, it’s grand tour­ing. With the roof down this is the Bent­ley ex­pe­ri­ence ramped up to 11.”

What was the big­gest chal­lenge on this car? “On a con­vert­ible, you want the ton­neau line [the line at the back of the roof pack­ag­ing] to be as smooth and flow­ing as pos­si­ble. With the roof down, the car has this el­e­gance and that is largely set up by the smooth ton­neau. When you think of other con­vert­ibles, they of­ten have a break at the back of the door and that’s nor­mally be­cause they’ve had com­pro­mises around the roof pack­ages and not been able to get that flow. That was al­most the big­gest chal­lenge for us.”

What’s your favourite de­tail on the car? “The cut-crys­tal lights: it wasn’t easy and it’s not an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of tech­nol­ogy that any­one has done be­fore. We in­ves­ti­gated it with the EXP 10 Speed 6 [con­cept]. Quite of­ten, con­cept cars are a lit­tle bit su­per­flu­ous but we made sure that when we were de­vel­op­ing Speed 6, all of the learn­ings could, in prin­ci­ple, be ap­plied to pro­duc­tion.”

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