Bentley adds stone veneers for interior trim
04 January 2016
Move aside burr walnut and elm - Bentley Motors’ coach-building division, Mulliner, is introducing the next level of automotive interior luxury – stone veneers.
The slate and quartzite stone is obtained from quarries in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, India. Sections of stone are split from larger pieces and cured using glass fibre and a bespoke resin. They are finally shaped and hand finished by Bentley’s Mulliner coachbuilding team at the company’s headquarters in Crewe.
The stone surfaces of the veneers are just 0.1mm thick, meaning that they are both extremely light and translucent, allowing the grain and pattern in the stone to be visible to the interior occupants.
“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," says 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.”
Mulliner is now offering stone veneers in a natural finish, in four different colours on Bentley Continental and Flying Spur models: 'Galaxy', 'Autumn White', 'Terra Red' and 'Copper'.