Bentley offered a glympse into the future today with renderings of the Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept, replacement for the Bentley Azure. It will be the flagship model for the Mulsanne range blending luxury, power, elegance and sophistication with a touch of 50’s style. Expect a production model at some point in the future.
The Mulsanne was introduced at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance which explains the timing of these sketches. Bentley engineers took inspiration from high-performance power boats for the cabin. It’s a typical four-seater with a canvas droptop. The design retains the Bentley Mulsanne front end but gains an impressive set of wide rear arches. The side profile is very similar to the lines of the Park Ward S1 Drophead Coupe.
When the Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept eventually hits the road, we suspect it will share specs with the existing Mulsanne. At the moment, the Mulsanne features a 6.75 litre twin-turbo V8 coupled to an eight-speed ZF gearbox. It features 505bhp at 4,200rpm and 1020Nm at 1,750rpm. Recently though, rumours have surfaced suggesting that suggest more efficient diesels and plug-in hybrid powertrains will replace the historic V8 unit.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive said:
The modern, luxurious, high-tech Mulsanne saloon provides a perfect foundation on which to create the world’s most elegant convertible. The Convertible Concept will extend the appeal of the Mulsanne family, while enhancing the profile of the Bentley brand, particularly in new and emerging markets.