Ares Design Coupe for the Bentley Mulsanne is the grand tourer we dream about

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Bentley exited the grand coupe enterprise when it made the final of 550 Brooklands fashions in 2011. The UK carmaker mentioned it’s going to make 19 examples of the Mulsanne Grand Convertible, however that does not rely as a coupe. So when a U.S. Mulsanne proprietor wished his Bentley with a roof however a contact much less four-door-y, he went to Italian coachbuilders Ares Design. And never solely did Ares do the factor, they did it magnificently. The ensuing two-door is named the Ares Design Coupe for the Bentley Mulsanne, and the primary of them was simply handed over in Beverly Hills in time for a Pebble Seaside look.

Modena-based Ares began with a three-dimensional scan of the sedan, then reworked that CAD file into the coupe they sought by altering nearly all the things behind the A-pillars. A reprofiled roof replaces the previous one, and it falls into a brand new backlight and longer rear decklid. The engineers moved the B-pillars rearward to put in longer entrance doorways, and fabricated new aspect impression safety for the portals and rear quarter panels. New chrome surrounds on the home windows keep the look as if from Crewe. But as a result of the roof and doorways are comprised of carbon fiber, they contribute to the coupe’s 992-pound general weight reduction in comparison with the donor four-door.

Inside, Ares changed the entrance seats with extra rakish thrones, redesigned the inside trim panels to movement with the physique model, and matched the wooden and leather-based as if all have been manufacturing facility authentic. Beneath the unchanged hood, a tuned ECU means the 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8 produces greater than 591 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque, each wholesome enhancements on the inventory 505 hp and 752 lb-ft. Finishing the transformation, the coupe sits 20 millimeters decrease on “a sportier suspension.”

One report mentioned pal of the California proprietor likes the automotive a lot second two-door has already been commissioned. Ares prices $460,000 for the service, to start out, and it takes about six weeks. And no, that worth does not embrace the donor Bentley. Nonetheless, that is quite a bit lower than Bentley would cost to make the swap, for the reason that carmaker will not make the precise automotive. The Italian agency mentioned it desires to maintain volumes “ultra-low,” but, “So long as [Bentley] do not make one, we’ll proceed.”

Though we have not spoken a lot of Ares right here exterior of their Tesla Mannequin S wagon, the agency led by ex-Lotus boss Dany Bahar has stored busy in its 4 years of operation. Earlier works embrace a 1964 Corvette Stingray restomod, 53 Land Rover Defenders fitted with V8s and hardcore backcountry gear, the carbon-fiber bodied Mercedes-AMG G63 X-Raid, a 964-series Porsche 911 restomod, and that Tesla. The corporate says its first two-wheeled supply will arrive quickly, based mostly on the BMW R 9 T, together with a Ferrari GTC4 Lusso reworked right into a Ferrari 412, and it is already constructed a prototype of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS Targa. Due for imminent launch is the Lamborghini Huracán-based Challenge Panther, which is a contemporary De Tomaso Pantera.

Enterprise at Ares is so good that the agency says it’s going to open two extra studios go to with its present Los Angeles department, one in Miami and one in Vegas, in spring subsequent 12 months. Taking a look at that Bentley Mulsanne coupe, it is not arduous to see the place the success comes from.

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