Bentley is poised to launch a new line of two-seat sports cars based on the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car that was first revealed at the Geneva motor show in 2015 - but boss Wolfgang Durheimer has revealed there is a possibility it will not be built in Britain, unless there is more clarity in Brexit negotiations in the coming months.
Durheimer is seeking board approval to push the sports car - which would rival two-seaters from Aston Martin, Ferrari and McLaren and be priced alongside the Bentley Continental from around £150,000 - to production. He expects a decision midway through 2017.
“If we can add a third model line alongside the Continental and Bentayga, then Bentley will be on a very sound footing for the future,” said Durheimer. “The goal is to build a solid, sustainable business and having all of these lines would allow us to maintain volume in as model cycles are renewed.”
Durheimer refused to specify what the third model would be, but it is widely expected to be a two-seater based on the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car, for which pre-engineering work is believed to have begun. Sources suggest it could reach production by 2019 - but Durheimer made it clear that Brexit was making negotiations with the VW board hard.