Big plans are afoot at Bentley. The quintessentially British automaker has just about signed off on the final version of its new SUV, and will surely roll out more versions of the Continental in the coming years, but that's not all. It's said to be considering a new sports coupe smaller than the Continental GT, but the latest reports coming in from the UK suggest that it also has plans for the Mulsanne's platform.

Currently, the Mulsanne is only available in one configuration, but Bentley is widely expected to be bringing a new, more powerful Mulsanne Speed to the Paris Motor Show this fall with around 550 horsepower. That's not all, however, as word comes in that the Flying B marque is planning to re-introduce both the Azure and the Brooklands as competitors to the Rolls-Royce Phantom DHC and Phantom Coupe, respectively.

For those who don't remember, the Azure and Brooklands were a pair of two-doors based on the Arnage that preceded the Mulsanne at the top of Bentley's range. The Azure was a convertible and the Brooklands a fixed-roof coupe, both of them larger than the Continental GT and powered by the company's evergreen (yet decidedly un-green) 6.75-liter V8.

Both were phased out, however, along with the Arnage before the current Mulsanne was introduced in 2010. And ever since then, Bentley has been rumored to replace the duo with new versions based on the Mulsanne. But despite having shown the Mulsanne Vision convertible concept to a select group of customers at Pebble Beach a couple of years ago, the project was shelved.

So what's changed, you ask? The guard, that's what. When Bentley unveiled the Mulsanne Vision concept, Wolfgang Dürheimer was the CEO. Then he was relieved of his duties, and Wolfgang Schreiber, who replaced him, nixed the project's development. Now that Dürheimer is back in charge at Crewe, it seems like the convertible is back on the table. "And if we do the Azure," Dürheimer told Auto Express, "the Brooklands just comes automatically." That is, of course, unless Bentley decides to do something out of the ordinary and make a four-door convertible "parade car" instead.



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      Jim R
      • 4 Months Ago
      Bentleys and Rollers are both all about one thing--reserved ostentatiousness. Which sounds like a contradiction but hear me out. The Brits tend to be a quiet, reserved people (aside from the soccer hooligans and the "U WOT M8" types). So even when they show off, they don't really make a big spectacle out of it like we do in the US. When an American wants to show off a car he puts huge chrome wheels, loud exhaust and flashy paintwork. When the Brits want to show off, they do this. Yes, it's flashy, but it's not over the top flashy.
        Matt
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Jim R
        I know some TVR's which would beg to differ...
      budwsr25
      • 4 Months Ago
      The continental should be replaced. Everyone who can get one and wants it has. They are all over the used market. A buick dealer has one for sale in my area and it's been there since winter. Money would be better spent on new product.
      Len Simpson
      • 4 Months Ago
      How the refined rich say ---look at me
      GFB
      • 4 Months Ago
      Sooner or later (I hope sooner) Bentley will have to ditch the Audi/VW platforms for something new. Probably an arrangement with Porsche will allow Bentley Continentals a proper RWD architecture. Bentley has neglected the Mulsanne lineup for too long. This is good news for Bentley.
      Bernard
      • 4 Months Ago
      What about a folding hardtop roof? It could be all carbon fiber to save weight. Then you get two birds with one stone.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 4 Months Ago
      The Azure and Brooklands should absolutely come back; those were some of the best looking cars Bentley ever made, and super luxurious in the classic British fashion. I would love to see a big 4 door convertible in the mix, complete with suicide rear doors. But before any of these vehicles are considered for production, I'd like to see a refresh for the Mulsanne, focusing primarily on that goofy Spongebob Squarepants front end with the silly misplaced smaller outboard headlamps.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 4 Months Ago
      I'lltake one of each!! When do they come out in 1:32 scale?