Bentley is preparing to introduce a new Azure convertible, based on the Mulsanne. Full details inside.

Bentley is preparing to introduce a new Azure convertible, based on the Mulsanne.

Likely to be launched next summer, the 2011 (or 2012) Azure will feature bold styling, two doors, and a canvas roof. Unfortunately, the Mulsanne's controversial front end will be part of the package.

Power will be provided by a twin-turbo 6.75-liter V8 with 505 bhp (377 kW / 512 PS) and 1020 Nm (752 lb-ft) of torque. It will allow the Azure to run from 0-60 mph in under 5.5 seconds (the Mulsanne does the same task in 5.1 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 184 mph).

Head over to InsideLine to check out some gorgeous renderings.

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Bentley Azure convertible replacement to be based on Mulsanne