The Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 two-seat sports car concept is actively being considered for production viability – and it could even come to market as an electric vehicle (EV).
“We are working on two ideas at the moment,” said chairman and chief executive Wolfgang Durheimer. Putting the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept that wowed the 2015 Geneva Motor Show is one of them.
A two-seat, two-door super-sport car can’t be confirmed at this early stage, explained Durheimer – but the fact that the firm is willing to openly discuss it suggests the project is more than just speculation.
Indeed, he even showed a schematic of the Bentley model line, with two question marks depicting future product: the ‘Speed 6’ was placed ahead of the Continental range, indicating this would be an entirely new model line for Bentley, not a replacement for the Continental.
Speed 6 EV?
The production car could even be an EV. Speaking at the global launch of the new Bentayga SUV, product line director Peter Guest told Motoring Research the idea of it being an electric sportscar “is an interesting one.
“The breakthrough for me is the Porsche Mission E. This has a fast charge time, high performance, long range – and Porsche’s committed to put it into production before 2020.”
Bentley is, of course, part of the recently-formed Volkswagen Group sport and luxury brand group, alongside Bugatti and, yes, Porsche: Durheimer admitted to Motoring Research that close collaboration with such performance specialists (and the technology-share opportunities this brings) “is very helpful”…
What would also be helpful for the viability of Porsche’s €1 billion Mission E project would be to share the architecture and technologies across another model. Cue the Speed 6?
Speed 6 for 2 not 4
Guest added a production Speed 6 would “definitely not be a 2+2” – that’s the Continental’s remit. Indeed, to complement a production Speed 6, the next-generation Continental GT could even grow to offer more space in the rear seats.
“It is a pure two-seater. Some dealers have said “can it just be a 2+2” but that’s not this car’s territory.”
The speculation will continue, but one thing’s for sure: Bentley wants to build it. And is happy to go on the records and tell us this.
Now the Bentayga’s been launched and is bringing in cash, attention will now turn assessing the Speed 6’s viability. We could even have a decision before 2016 is out.