Stone is the new wood in the latest Bentley cars, thanks to innovations from the company’s world-renowned Mulliner coachbuilding team.
Stone veneers are now available as a bespoke option for the Continental and Flying Spur using slate and quartzite stone sustainably sourced from hand-selected quarries in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, India.
The sections of stone are split from larger pieces and cured using glass fibre and a bespoke resin. Finally, they are shaped and hand finished by Mulliner’s skilled workers at Bentley’s HQ in Crewe.
The stone surfaces of the veneers are just 0.1 mm thick, meaning that they are both extremely light and translucent, allowing the elegant grain and pattern in the stone to be visible to the interior occupants.
Mulliner is offering Stone Veneers in a natural finish in four different colours – Galaxy, Autumn White, Terra Red and Copper.
“Bentley is the established expert in the handcrafting of wood and leather, and now we are exploring new, fine and rare materials to offer even more bespoke tailoring and choice to our customers,” said Geoff Dowding, Director of Mulliner Operations.
“Stone veneers are another first for Bentley – but only the beginning of what we plan to do with this luxurious and unique material.”