Bentley will unveil a super-performance, front-engined two-seater sports GT at the Geneva motor show in two weeks’ time, as a preview to a new model aimed squarely at stealing sales from Aston Martin and Ferrari.
The car, a concept, is likely to be powered by a specially configured version of the 500bhp Audi-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 introduced recently into Bentley’s other models, although higher-powered, differently engined versions would be likely if it went into production in order to ensure that the car could match the 200mph top speed of some of its saloon siblings.
Bentley is likely to say the car’s main purpose is to test the reaction of potential customers, but the new model was first mentioned as a production possibility by returning CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer in a press conference last summer. Autocar understands the car is likely be positioned beside the Continental GT, not below it.
He also revealed the possibility of a saloon between the Continental Flying Spur and Mulsanne, and there have been suggestions since of a more compact SUV than the forthcoming full-sized Bentayga, which is due to hit the market next year.