A Decade After Mercedes, Bentley Discovers Stone Interiors

What’s more luxurious than stone veneers? According to Bentley, absolutely nothing. Apart from your 2005 Mercedes-Benz with a $60,000 Designo granite package, of course.

Bentley says the bespoke coach-building division Mulliner came up with “the next level of modern British automotive luxury.” Holy Worcestershire sauce! Grab a chair for this:

This innovative interior finish utilises state-of-the-art stone veneer technology to make a luxurious, contemporary feature of a natural product formed over 200 million years.

The slate and quartzite stone is sustainably sourced from hand-selected quarries in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, India – a nation with an ancient and rich culture of stone masonry. 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 Bentley’s world-renowned Mulliner coachbuilding team.

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.


Somebody at Mercedes is laughing super hard right now. They only had granite interiors since what, 2004?

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Either way, Bentley’s amazing new feature will be available in four colors: Galaxy, Autumn White, Terra Red and Copper, and if you want to get any of them, they will take whatever color bank notes you have in exchange, as long as you have enough of them.

I wouldn’t buy a Mulsanne Speed without some early Jurassic period shit on the dash, that’s for sure.

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Photo credit: Bentley and Mercedes-Benz


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farscythe - makin da cawfee!

how exactly does one sustainably source rocks?... do they plant new ones?