Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept preview sketchesEnlarge Photo
Back in 2012, Bentley presented a convertible version of its Mulsanne flagship sedan
at a private event held during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Bentley’s CEO at the time, Wolfgang Dürheimer, was later transferred to Audi and nothing further was said of the Mulsanne convertible.
Dürheimer was recently reappointed back at his old job
and one of his first tasks will be to the develop the Mulsanne convertible—and most likely a coupe, too.
"When I returned, I was a bit irritated by the fact that no work had been done on this project in two years," Dürheimer told Automotive News
(subscription required) at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours. "It is back on track."
Main rival Rolls-Royce already sells a convertible version of its Phantom flagship and will soon be adding a new Wraith convertible
to its ranks. Bentley has the Continental GTC but this model simply doesn’t have the cachet to compete with the Rolls-Royce models.
In a separate interview, Dürheimer said there was strong demand for a range-topping convertible like the previous Azure, and that if a successor for the Azure was launched the former car’s coupe variant, the Brooklands, would get a successor of its own. Dürheimer has also said that Bentley was looking at a fifth model line
to join the existing Continental range, Flying Spur, Mulsanne and upcoming SUV
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