Report: Bentley Azure To Be Replaced By Mulsanne-Based Convertible

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Just as the Continental GT has its Flying Spur sedan and GTC convertible variants, Bentley’s upcoming 2011 Mulsanne sedan is expected to spawn its own two-door variants. The legacy started with cars like the Brooklands and Azure Convertible, both of which are in desperate need for a replacement.

The exclusive marque’s CEO Dr Ulrich Eichhorn has previously hinted at the possibility of a coupe and convertible Mulsanne and now a new report is claiming that a drop-top version of the new Bentley flagship will replace the Azure.

Bentley will be looking to reap back returns on the investment it has outlaid at its Crewe facility to engineer and manufacture the Mulsanne and one of the best ways to do so will be to spawn several models from the same platform.

The Azure name is expected to remain as will the Mulsanne’s newly developed twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V-8 and its generous 505 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque. Expect scintillating performance, with acceleration times of less than five seconds for the 0-60 mph run and top speeds in excess of 155 mph.

Looks like the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and Drophead will soon have some competition. The story doesn't end there as Rolls-Royce is also expected to launch new coupe and convertible variants of the new 2010 Ghost sedan, which you can read about here.


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