Bentley Continental GT turns to the dark side with new Mulliner Blackline trim

Bentley’s Blackline package has always been one of its most popular options – the Crewe-based luxury carmaker says that 38% of all Continental GTs (and its related family members) sold have been customised with its existing Blackline offering.

So it stands to reason that Bentley has now introduced a new Mulliner Blackline package for the Continental GT, perhaps to appease some of its even wealthier customers.

For those who aren’t aware, Mulliner is Bentley’s fancy coachbuilding and customisation arm. They call it the “world’s oldest automotive coachbuilder”, but these days, they mostly just make unique trim options for Bentley’s already luxurious vehicles – like this one.

As the name suggests, the Mulliner Blackline package essentially takes the fancy Mulliner exterior trim – including the unique “double diamond” grille, 22-inch wheels, and Mulliner-branded side vents trims – and replaces all of the shiny chrome bits with a gloss black.

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The black-out treatment extends to the wing mirrors, which gets a special Beluga Black hue. But to still give it a touch of “bling”, Bentley has kept the emblems, grille surrounds, and the circular trims around the wheels’ self-levelling Bentley badge in chrome.

On the inside, the Mulliner Blackline package still comes with the unique diamond-in-diamond quilting for its seats and door panels. But despite being called “Blackline”, customers are (fortunately) not just limited to black leather.

A “limitless” list of Mulliner interior upholstery colour options is still available for your choosing, but if you have trouble choosing your own palette, Bentley has also helpfully come with eight recommended three-colour combinations to fit your tastes.

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The powertrain of Bentley Continental GT is unchanged, no matter if you get it with or without the Mulliner Blackline package. Underneath the bonnet, you’ll find either a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine with 635 hp and 900 Nm, or a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 with 550 hp and 757 Nm.

Both engine options are paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 3.8 seconds and 4.1 seconds respectively.



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