Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept

20 Aug, 2012 12:01am Luke Madden

Official sketches released following a secret Pebble Beach debut

Bentley has lifted the lid on its stunning new Mulsanne Convertible. A concept version was revealed to a select group of customers in a behind closed doors event at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

No one outside that room will see the actual car just yet, but Bentley has provided us with these official sketches.

They show a two-door version of the Mulsanne, complete with a steeply raked windscreen and more pronounced feature line running over the wheelarches and the length of the doors.

The design is inspired by the Park Ward S1 Drophead Coupe of the fifties. A fabric roof will fold away electronically into a compartment underneath the bootlid.

Bentley hasn’t revealed details of the powertrain, but we expect it to retain the Mulsanne saloon’s 505bhp 6.75-litre turbo V8.

Unlike the four-door, the Convertible will focus more on drivers than passengers. Bentley will tweak the steering and suspension to make it sharper to drive and may include a Sport mode from the Mulliner Driving Specification car. That would quicken the steering and throttle, and firm up the suspension.

If the response at Pebble Beach was positive, the Convertible is expected on sale in the next 12 months. It’ll be priced at around £250,000 – that’s £25,000 more than the saloon.

Also on show at Pebble Beach was the Continental GT Speed – the brand’s fastest-ever road car. More details of the new 616bhp coupe were revealed, too, including its 19.8mpg economy figure, achieved with the help of regenerative braking.