At dinner during the recent press launch for the Bentley Bentayga, CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer stood up to discuss potential directions for the Bentley brand. One of them could be an all-electric version of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept first revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Impre Autos. According to Dürheimer, the Speed 6 concept has received incredible customer response, summed up as, “Stop talking about it and build it.”
Yet the CEO says Bentley would want to do something even more interesting with the coupe, so an electric powertrain with anywhere from 400 to 500 horsepower is being developed. That’s not to say we’ll ever see it for sale, but the best minds in the company are working on it. Top Gear says that such a car would probably share innovations developed for the rather lovely Porsche Mission E concept we saw at Frankfurt, resulting in a range of around 300 miles and fast charging capability. Traditional engines would also be developed for those that prefer their Bentleys to play four-stroke combustion notes.
The other direction – and if we’re wagering we think this one is much more likely – would use the Bentayga platform but be a sharper, edgier take on a crossover. At that same dinner, Dürheimer said response to the Bentayga has urged Bentley to increase its sales projections. That makes an even stronger case for the smaller crossover already being considered in January this year and reaffirmed in June. Top Gear thinks that would be an “SUV-coupe” with four doors and more performance. Whichever one gets the nod, it’s expected to hit the road in the next three years.