The Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 – debuting at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show – is a look at what a future two-seater Bentley Sports car could be.
Bentley aren’t saying that the EXP 10 Speed 6 – revealed ahead of its Geneva debut – is ready to roll as a future addition to the Bentley range, but it’s clear Bentley want a piece of the market enjoyed by Aston Martin (and others) at the very top end of luxury sports cars.
Bentley say the EXP 10’s styling is influenced by aircraft, and its long bonnet, short overhangs and big haunches certainly make the Bentley sports car look purposeful, and Bentley has gone to huge lengths to make everything – from the 3D mesh grill to the quilted leather interior – look very 21st century Bentley.
That quilted leather interior – still very ‘Mulliner’ – features quilted straight-grain cherry wood, steel and copper knurled surfaces, a narrow centre console with a 12″ touchscreen, instruments that hove in to view as the driver hits the floating B start button and a rear space that takes custom four-piece luggage.
It looks like the EXP 10 gets a hybrid powerplant (although Bentley aren’t giving any details) but any production version will no doubt make good use of Bentley’s latest 4.0 litre V8 turbo, with anything up to 600bhp.
Bentley boss, Wolfgang Dürheimer, 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-seat sports car. It offers thrilling, driver-oriented performance, complete with trademark modern Bentley luxury and effortlessness.
It could be a future model line, alongside the Continental GT and redefining the pinnacle of another market sector, and the styling of the EXP 10 Speed 6 could influence the expansion of the Bentley family. 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.
It seems inconceivable that the EX 10 won’t turn in to a production Bentley Sports Car, although that’s not likely to happen until well after the new Bentley Bentayga has fully launched and settled in – think 2018.