Bentley teases Mulsanne Vision Concept at Pebble Beach

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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While the majority of regular folks probably think a $235,000 convertible rich enough, for some Bentley buyers the Continental GTC is merely entry-level and far too common to be considered. That's a market Bentley previously catered to with its $400,000 Azure convertible, a rarefied segment that it now appears to be reentering.

Bentley chose this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Monterey, California to show its latest creation, the Mulsanne Vision Concept, although those privileged enough to be shown weren't allowed to snap photos of the new drop-top. Rather, the automaker provided detailed sketches to tease enthusiasts and would-be buyers, and the images are reportedly true to form.

"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."

The Mulsanne Vision Concept is touted to be a possible successor to the Azure, and with a steeply inclined windscreen, two elongated doors and a shortened wheelbase, it looks proportionally apropos. And it's more than just a design exercise, with thoughtful touches like latches on the rearmost inside door panels so they can be opened by rear passengers just in case those up front forget to let them out. The power-operated roof mechanism is fully operational too, while all switchgear appears ready for production. Other details include LED accent lights atop the rear deck lid, while that deck lid and all other body panels are made from hydroformed aluminum.

Inside, the usual high standard Bentley detailing is included, with the best quality wood veneers, plush leather surfaces and polished stainless steel accents. Like the Azure, the Mulsanne Vision Concept has been designed to transport four passengers comfortably.  

Whether this is the final form of Bentley's top-line convertible or simply a design study to gauge customer reaction is unknown, but either way we will likely get a true in the metal sighting next month in Paris.
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Topics: Convertible, Bentley, 2012, Mulsanne Convertible Concept, $99,999+,

Organizations: Pebble Beach

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