Bentley has unveiled the new Arnage Drophead Coupe show car at the 2005 Los Angeles Auto Show.

It is a true four-seater, and follows on from the Bentley Azure convertible that had an eight-year production run.  It shares the same front end and platform as the current Arnage range, but the cabin and rear section of the car are completely new.  The new interior has been influenced by ‘contemporary furniture design’ and has been created to be opulent and inviting.

Bentley’s chairman Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen explains: “The 2005 Arnage range has been extensively re-engineered at significant cost and is a very modern, high-technology saloon. It is natural, therefore, that we would use this base to further our reputation as the pre-eminent builder of large, luxury convertibles in the world.”

“If customer demand is there, it could go into production within a very short space of time – as early as Spring 2006.”

The cabin is around 20% wider than the previous Bentley Azure convertible, and features new seats with floating armrests and mood lighting.  The show car is trimmed with Cotswold and Nautic Blue leather and Burr Oak veneer with a Boxwood inlay.

The new streamlined body style with raked windscreen carries a fully automated canvas roof that stows perfectly flush in 25 seconds.  A pop-up rollover protection system activates should the car detect potentially dangerous driving conditions.

The new car shares the Arnage’s platform, wheelbase and 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 450bhp and 645lb ft of torque.  The suspension is taken from the recently introduced on the Bentley Arnage R.