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August 20, 2012

Going Topless, the Bentley Muslanne Convertible Concept Exposes its Luxurious Heritage

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Crewe, England—Reported by Coleman Bentley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

The world is full of great driving experiences, from your first tentative time behind the wheel to the Autobahn, but perhaps the purest of them all is a hairpin-hugging, hair-whipping coastal run in a convertible. Sun up, sunglasses on, sea-breeze in your face; perfection arrives when you attach Bentley’s Muslanne Convertible Concept to your right foot. Now drive.

Introduced at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2009, the original Muslanne saloon, with its hand-crafted luxury and country-road marauding performance, instantly became the flag bearer for Grand Touring Bentleys. Being a brand not known to rest on past laurels, however, Bentley took the sculpted, athletic lines of the Muslanne and trimmed off the hard-top. Think of it as a remarkable automotive haircut, one that gave birth to the Mulsanne Convertible Concept; the world’s most elegant and sophisticated convertible.

The Mulsanne Convertible Concept’s beauty isn’t simply skin deep, however, with the power boat- inspired cabin enveloping driver and passenger alike in luxury hotel-suite opulence. Adorned with forward-thinking design, sumptuous materials, and nearly custom levels of attention-to-detail, the interior sets a benchmark within a Bentley brand that routinely sets benchmarks for the entire luxury-automotive industry. Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive agrees, saying: “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.”

So with Bentley’s open-top gene pool stretching back to the race-bred 3 liters of the roaring twenties, the Muslanne Convertible Concept is sure to proudly carry the essence of the British carmaker on its hatless shoulders for years to come.

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