Bentley Grand Convertible Concept - 2014 Los Angeles Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
We’ve been hearing about a convertible version of the Mulsanne ever since the Bentley flagship made its debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Bentley even built a Mulsanne convertible concept which it first showed to potential customers in 2012 but then shelved a year later.
When current CEO at Bentley Wolfgang Dürheimer took up the reins in 2014, he put the project back on the table and even suggested reviving the Azure nameplate, last used for a convertible version of the Mulsanne’s Arnage predecessor.
According to Car and Driver, the Mulsanne is too far into its life cycle to justify developing a convertible version and all the plant upgrades such a car would require. Instead, Bentley’s CEO has hinted that an exclusive run of coachbuilt cars could be built by the automaker’s Mulliner personalization department.
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“Such a model would be built in [a batch of] 20 units and sold to absolute connoisseurs at a very high price,” Dürheimer is quoted as saying.
Car and Driver reports that a Mulsanne convertible by Mulliner could be introduced within two years with a price tag of around $1.5 million.
The timing is apt as Rolls-Royce is phasing out its Phantom Drophead Coupe this year. The Mulsanne convertible could appeal to the small number of Drophead Coupe owners looking for a replacement.
The idea isn’t so farfetched. After all, the Mulliner department has already built a coachbuilt Mulsanne: the one-off Grand Limousine unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.