Bentley took the wraps off its EXP 10 Speed 6 concept at the Geneva Motor Show. A two-seater GT, it shows what a future rival to Aston Martin and Ferrari could look like.
The production version of the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 would sit alongside the four-seater Continental GT as a more overtly sporty addition to the range.
The concept is powered by an unspecified plug-in hybrid powertrain; a production version would likely use the Audi-sourced twin-turbo, 4.0-litre V8 used in a number of other Bentleys.
“Performance goals including top speed are set to challenge competitors and define a new segment benchmark,” says Bentley. We can interpret that as 0-62mph in four seconds or less, with a top speed somewhere over 200mph.
Underpinning the EXP 10 is parent company VW Group’s MSB architecture, which will eventually provide the basis of every VAG product above the Audi range.
Bentley chairman, Wolfgang Durheimer, said: “EXP 10 Speed 6 is one vision for Bentley’s future – a powerful, exquisite and individual concept. the showcar has the potential to be the new pinnacle luxury two-seater sports car.
“This is not just a new sports car concept,” he added, “but the potential Bentley sports car – a bold vision for a brand with a bold future.”
At this point, the EXP 10 is being used to gauge reaction and interest in the idea of a Bentley sports car. But it also features a plethora of styling elements and technologies that could be applied across the Bentley range.
The front end, for instance, features a new interpretation of the Bentley ‘face’. New production techniques have been used as well, including the 3D printed metal mesh grille. The exhausts, door handles and side vents are all 3D printed, as well. It allows a higher level of detail and precision, but is a significant step away from the traditional hand-crafting Bentley customers value. It will be interesting to see if this kind of technological advance is acceptable.
An elaborate quilted motif is used throughout the interior, in leather, wood and metal. The dashboard architecture is all-new and could be used in all next-generation Bentleys. The innovative, curved infotainment screen, which appears to flow down from the dashtop to the centre console, would be a key part of the layout.
Though it’s a strict two-seater, there’s plenty of space for a four-piece luggage set in the back.
A production EXP 10 Speed 6, along with the Bentayga SUV, would be central to Bentley’s ambition of selling 20,000 cars per year by 2020. The Crewe factory has recently been expanded and upgraded in anticipation of increased production. A smaller SUV is also rumoured.