• New Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

    New Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

    Bentley has made its intention to produce a more focused two-seat sports car with the unveiling of their new two-seat concept at the Geneva motor show, and going head to head with the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari and McLaren. Named the EXP 10 Speed 6, the concept is thought to be experimental in design. It has been revealed to gauge exactly what customers want from a Bentley sports car, as well as to get feedback on possible styling influences for all future models. “It is one vision for Bentley’s future,” said company chairman Wolfgang Dürheimer. “It has the potential to be the pinnacle luxury two-seat sports car.”

    Dürheimer said the sports car, due before the end of 2018, would be positioned alongside the Continental GT, suggesting a possible starting price of around £120,000. “This is not just a new sports car concept but the potential Bentley sports car — a bold vision for a brand with a bold future,” he said. “It offers thrilling, driver-oriented
    performance, complete with trademark modern Bentley luxury and effortlessness.” Although there is no official confirmation, the production car would most likely use the MSB flexible architecture of Bentley’s Volkswagen Group parent. The MSB architecture is designed for cars of all formats positioned above the Audi range in the VW Group. Bentley has revealed that the concept is powered by a hybrid power train but has not given any details as yet. Production versions
    are likely to be powered by a reconfigured version of the 500bhp Audi-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 used in other Bentleys. However, higher-powered, different-engined versions would be likely to ensure that the car could match or eclipse the 200mph top speed of some of its saloon siblings. In Geneva, Bentley confirmed: “Performance goals, including top speed, are set to challenge competitors and define a new segment benchmark.”

    Overall, the design of the EXP 10 Speed 6 is influenced by the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselage and wings, says Bentley. The
    short front overhang, long bonnet, low grille and wide rear are designed to convey the car’s performance potential. The concept also showcases new production techniques, such as 3D metal printing, apparent in areas such as the grille mesh, exhausts, door handles and side vents. The front grille mesh, for instance, is manufactured with varying depths for a more three-dimensional look than the current traditional mesh, which is made from a flat plane of latticework. Likewise, the headlight glass is textured to imitate the look of the quilted leather inside the car. In part, the concept is testing customer reaction to the idea of using machined parts as well as hand crafted ones.