Bentley has revealed artist sketches of a streamlined two-door convertible version of its Mulsanne sedan for the 2012 . These drawings show a coupe with a dramatically low roofline and rear fenders that thrust forward before tapering towards the rear of the car. The top appears to be cloth, at least judging from the drawings, and folds beneath a rigid tonneau cover. An overhead drawing indicates there is seating for four occupants, the center part of the rear seats is likely devoted to storage – along with seat massagers, champagne coolers and other lavish accoutrements.
Headed for Production
There's no doubt Bentley needs a car to challenge the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. The range-topping Rolls presently has the ultra-luxurious (and hideously expensive) convertible market nearly all to itself. Like the Phantom, the price of the Mulsanne Convertible would likely exceed $400,000. "The modern, luxurious, high-tech Mulsanne saloon provides a perfect foundation on which to create the world's most elegant convertible," said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley's Chairman and Chief Executive. "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."
If you needed a firm lock on whether or not the Mulsanne Convertible is headed to production, well, that comment seals the deal. Look for the powertrain to be identical to what's found in the Mulsanne sedan. That means you'll get the same turbocharged 6.75-liter V-8 that pushes out 505 bhp and an astonishing 752 lb.-ft. of torque and comes coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It will be interesting if the design transition from sedan to a two-door convertible raises or lowers the Mulsanne's prodigious 5,700 lb. curb-weight. Necessary chassis stiffening and structural reinforcements could offset the loss of a couple doors.
Don't be surprised to see the production version of the Mulsanne Convertible make the jump from sketchpad to showroom within the next year or two.