Bentley’s proposed new Mulsanne convertible is expected to cost around £275,000 if, as expected, it gets the green light for production later this year. And even if build does go ahead, it’ll be another two years before it enters showrooms.
Insiders say as many as 250 of the soft-tops could be built each year, with the majority heading to the US.
It’s understood the cabrio will use the saloon’s unique platform, reduced in wheelbase by around 150mm. It’s also expected the distance between the wheels will be a huge 3.1m, resulting in a very spacious rear cabin.
Designers have also marginally lowered the convertible’s windscreen, though it is expected to share front-end styling with the saloon. However, the look from the A-pillars backwards will be unique.
The designers have also created lengthy new frameless doors and a fabric roof. In a tasteful twist, the rear wings feature a styling flourish closely associated with the 1950s Bentley R Type.
Power will come from the Mulsanne’s classic twin-turbo 6.75-litre V8 engine, though there are plans for an all-new V12 which could be offered as an option.