2017 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible

It appears Bentley’s Mulsanne Convertible Concept is back on the drawing board. This comes after the project was killed by Bentley’s then-new CEO Wolfgang Schreiber back in 2012. Originally debuted to a small number of customers at the Concours d’Elegance a few months prior, the project went cold when Bentley’s former CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer left the company.

With Duerheimer gone, Schreiber told journalists “we will not do that car,” saying there was “just regional demand” and that it lacked a strong business case. Well the turn of fates has Duerheimer, the father of the Mulsanne Convertible Concept, returning as CEO of Bentley just two years after his leaving.

“When I returned, I was a bit irritated by the fact that no work had been done on this project in two years, Duerheimer said, later reassuring Automotive News that the project was “back on track.”

During his absence at Bentley, Duerheimer spent time as Audi’s Chief of Research and Development, along with a short period at Volkswagen coordinating all its motorsports activities.

Duerheimer is convinced the Mulsanne Convertible will be a strong competitor to the upcoming convertible versions of the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Mercedes-Benz S-Class . Still at this point we don’t know much about the Mulsanne’s pricing or future availability. But with Wolfgang Duerheimer back at the helm, his brainchild will assuredly make it to production.

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Competitors

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Convertible

Mercedes S-Class Convertible

Mercedes has confirmed it will build an S-Class convertible based on the Ocean Drive Concept first seen in 2007. While it’s been seven years without a production car hitting the boulevards, we have seen a few test mules trotting around.

The car would likely carry the same underhood equipment as the standard S-Class, though its chassis would probably need extra stiffening. Powering the car will be 4.7-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that makes 450 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, the 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that makes 577 horses and 664 pound-feet, or the massive, 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V-12 that kicks out 622 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque.

While pricing hasn’t been announced, we can expect the S-Class Convertible to command around $140,000.

Bentley Mulsanne Vision Concept

Bentley Mulsanne Vision Concept

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