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Car and Driver: Bentley Bentayga Coupe Appers To Be Happening, Speed Six Decision Soon


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2017 Bentley Bentayga

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We’ve already told you that Bentley was considering capitalizing on the early sales success of the Bentayga by adding another SUV, and now new details have emerged to make us believe that will be a two-door coupe version of the luxury SUV.

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Bentley invited us to a design briefing in London, where newly arrived styling boss Stefan Sielaff showed us a short video featuring images and renderings of projects the company is actively working on. The new Continental coupe and cabriolet were clearly recognizable, but another image was of a two-door SUV that, although it was a sketch rather than a rendering, bore a strong resemblance to the Bentayga.

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We’ve heard rumors of such a thing before, and when we asked a senior PR man about it afterwards he confirmed that the coupe is indeed being worked on, and that it isn’t considered to be a separate model line within the five family members that CEO Wolfgang Durheimer wants Bentley to be producing by 2020. Rolf Frech, Bentley’s engineering boss, also was on hand to confirm that any new SUV model would have to have “clear space” above the existing Bentayga, which we’re taking as tacit confirmation it will be even faster.

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By our math, then, Bentley’s five model lines will be: the new Continental, the new Flying Spur, the Mulsanne or its replacement, the Bentayga and its quicker two-door sibling, and then a fifth model that we’re pretty much certain will be a production version of the EXP 10 Speed Six concept from last year. A decision on whether to go ahead, and whether the production car would use a six-cylinder engine as rumored, will take place before the end of the year.

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Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6

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“Of course we want to build it,” Frech said, “but we are a small company, we cannot afford to make even a single mistake.”

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