Together with the return of Wolfgang Duerheimer as Bentely’s CEO, so has the project that was first revealed to the public during the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Revealing a statutory cabriolet that would rival Rolls-Royce’s Phantom Drophead Coupe must have been a secret dream for Duerheimer. His return to the helm of the British luxury marquee also hastily revived the project. Wolfgang Schreiber axed the convertible in 2012, after he succeeded Duerheimer as Bentley’s boss. But – in what looks like a luxury saga – Duerheimer came back as Volkswagen Group’s Bentley and Bugatti chief after he spent very little time commanding VW’s motorsport activities and as Audi’s R&D guru.
“We will not do that car,” Schreiber was quoted saying during 2013.
“When I returned, I was a bit irritated by the fact that no work had been done on this project in two years,” Duerheimer proclaimed in this year’s edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. “It is back on track.”
The Mulsanne-based convertible – tentatively named Azure – would also be aimed at customers vying for the soon to be released open-top version of the Rolls-Royce Ghost or the upcoming cabrio variant of Mercedes-Benz’s S Class flagship.
Via Automotive News Europe