At 189.2 inches long, the Bentley Continental GTC isn’t exactly a small convertible by any stretch of the imagination. That said, Bentley hasn’t built a truly large convertible, one based off its large, flagship sedan platform since the Azure T died in late 2010. That may soon change, if this new Mulsanne Convertible Concept is any indication.
According to Bentley, it very may well be. The company describes the Mulsanne Convertible Concept allows its design team to “provide a glimpse into the potential future of the marque’s flagship family.”
Apart from losing two doors and a fixed roof structure, the Mulsanne Convertible Concept differs from its sedan siblings by way of rear sheetmetal. The crisp, tapered tail is familiar, but the rear fender forms appear to be bespoke to the convertible: instead of gently fading into the car’s beltline, they appear to drastically arch downward, much like those on vintage S1-S3 Continental drophead coupes. In Bentley-speak, they “convey a sense of power and movement.”
Speaking of which, the Mulsanne Convertible Concept likely utilizes the exact same powertrain as its Mulsanne sedan sibling. For the time being, that means we’d wager on finding Bentley’s 6.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, which produces 505 hp at 4200 rpm and a whopping 752 lb-ft at 17500 rpm. We don’t expect the Mulsanne Convertible to be much lighter than the 5700-lb sedan, but perhaps enough to whittle some time off the sedan’s 5.1-second 0-60 mph time.
So, is this truly a concept, or should we see yet another convertible grace the Bentley portfolio in the near future? Seeing as Bentley spent this past weekend privately showing the car to clientele at the Pebble Beach Concours, it’s a safe bet the Mulsanne Convertible is headed to production – especially since Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer proclaims the Convertible as a means to “extend the appeal of the Mulsanne family while enhancing the profile of the brand in new and emerging markets.”