2012 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept


2012 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept

Since its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2009, the Mulsanne saloon remains a pure example of the Grand Touring Bentley, combining coach-built elegance and hand-crafted luxury with immense power and sportiness at the pinnacle of British luxury motoring.

Now with the Mulsanne Convertible Concept, Bentley’s designers are providing a glimpse into the potential future of the marque’s flagship family. Appealing to automotive connoisseurs seeking the ultimate in contemporary design, prestige and exclusivity, the Mulsanne Convertible Concept will be the world’s most elegant and sophisticated convertible, providing a supremely powerful and refined luxury grand touring experience for four adults.

The graceful form of the Mulsanne Convertible Concept is a fusion of sportiness and coach-built elegance, its sculpted lines and muscular haunches conveying a sense of power and movement.

The spacious yet intimate cabin design is inspired by luxurious, high-performance power boats. With its unrivalled combination of chic, contemporary design, sumptuous materials, painstaking attention to detail and supreme refinement, the Mulsanne Convertible Concept reinforces Bentley’s position as the undisputed benchmark in handcrafted automotive luxury.

Commenting on the Mulsanne Convertible Concept, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive said: “The modern, luxurious, high-tech Mulsanne saloon provides a perfect foundation on which to create the world’s most elegant convertible. 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.”

Open-top cars have been an intrinsic part of the company’s heritage since its formation in 1919. From the race-bred 3-litre of the 1920s to the Park Ward S1 Drophead Coupe of the fifties through the Corniche and, most recently, Azure, Bentley has created an array of glamorous and desirable convertibles at the zenith of luxury motoring.

In Detail

type Series Production Car
released at 2012 Paris Motor Show
built at Crewe, England
body stylist Dirk van Braeckel
engine L-Series 90° V8
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Twin Turbocharged
block material Aluminum Alloy
fuel feed Electronic Injection
displacement 6752 cc / 412 in³
bore 104.1 mm / 4.1 in
stroke 99.1 mm / 3.9 in
power 377 kw / 505 bhp @ 4200 rpm
specific output 74.79 bhp per litre
torque 1020 nm / 752.3 ft lbs @ 1750 rpm
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque w/Aluminum Fenders, Hood,
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Mulsanne Alloy Wheel
front tires 265/45 ZR 20
rear tires 265/45 ZR 20
front brakes Iron Discs
f brake size 38 x 400 mm / 1.5 x 15.7 in
rear brakes Iron Discs
r brake size 30 x 370 mm / 1.2 x 14.6 in
front wheels F 50.8 x 22.9 cm / 20 x 9 in
rear wheels R 50.8 x 22.9 cm / 20 x 9 in
steering Servotronic Speed-Sensitive Electronic Assist
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Air Springs
r suspension Multi-Link w/Air Springs
transmission ZF 8HP70 8-Speed Automatic