The next Bentley Continental will be more evolution than revolution, senior company bosses have revealed to Autocar.
"Customers don’t want us to change it; they see it as Bentley’s Porsche 911," said Bentley boss Franz-Josef Pfaegen, hinting that the new car, expected in 2011, would be a refinement of the current Continental family, the best-selling car in the company’s history.
Pfaegen, speaking at the launch of the new Mulsanne, also admitted that the next-generation Conti would continue to draw on Volkswagen Group technologies.
"We want to build the best possible Bentley and all the important bits we can do in-house, but we will continue to use [VW Group] components," he said.
Bentley engineering boss Ulrich Eichhorn told Autocar that the company is looking to save weight for the next Continental.
"There will be a sensible weight reduction, but it won’t turn into an Elise," he said.