Bentley Motors pulled quite a surprise on Monday at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. In a time when people are buzzing about the forthcoming Bentayga ultra-luxury SUV, the Crewe-based automaker unveiled a two-seater coupe concept called the EXP 10 Speed 6.
While the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept was a pleasant surprise at the auto show, it was not completely a surprise to the automotive community. There have been rumors that Bentley was building a two-seater sports car, and Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer hinted last summer that such vehicle could be made. Dürheimer previously revealed that the company is planning to add a fifth model to its lineup, which currently features the flagship Mulsanne, Continental and Flying Spur. With the Bentayga as the fourth addition, Bentley was mulling either a two-seater sports car or a four-door coupe to be slotted between the Continental GT and the Mulsanne.
If the EXP 10 Speed 6 is any indication, it seems like Bentley is going for the former. In a statement, Dürheimer said that it is more than just a concept. The Chief Executive said that the sports car could become a production model alongside the Continental GT.
What is probably most surprising about the EXP 10 Speed 6 is how it looks. While the sports car features trademark Bentley elements, it looks nothing like any of the models the automaker has released in many years. It is shapely but sporty, sexy yet more aggressive. It is athletic and muscular, but not stocky like Bentley’s larger models. Features that define it as a true Bentley include the large mesh matrix grille, the big round headlights, as well as the ovoid taillights (which resemble those found in the Continental GT).
The sports car’s interior is also a revelation. Bentley is known for luxurious cabins, but not state-of-the-art technologies. With the concept, the company delivers both. Just like any other Bentley, the car boasts topnotch materials, but it also has updated tech features. While there are still analog controls, these have been improved (compared to what can be found in the other nameplates) and now complement more modern features like the curved touchscreen display.
To those who are wondering about the concept’s name, EXP is taken from ‘experimental.’ The Speed 6 cars that came before this sports car were given the name because these were equipped with six-cylinder engines. Upon closer inspection, one would find the ‘6’ logo on the concept’s grille.
The EXP 10 Speed 6 concept follows the EXP 9 F SUV concept which premiered at the 2012 Geneva auto show. The latter previewed the Bentayga, which will arrive in Bentley showrooms in 2016.
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