One of the most eminently British forms in the automotive world — the high-performance, two-seater GT — is expressed in Bentley’s stunning design language. Expect luxurious extravagance, gorgeous sheet metal and high-watt power output.
While Bentley Motors may have you believe there are thirty different models in their line-up, we know better. Remove the alternate V8 and performance-tuned powertrains and droptop options, and in reality you basically have three Bentleys to choose from: the iconic, gorgeous GT Continental that single-handedly revived the storied brand, and its two big brothers — the Flying Spur and Mulsanne. The former being brooding executive yachts more aimed at coddling rear passengers than making their drivers sweat.
But not for long. At a private event last night in Geneva, Bentley pulled back the silk sheets to reveal a concept car that will define an entirely new segment: the EXP 10 Speed 6.
The EXP 10 Speed 6 is Bentley’s first two-seater sports car since the Lagonda racers and 4¼-Litre luxury coupés of the 1930s. And it is a jaw-dropper. Not only is the exterior achingly beautiful, but Bentley has taken great pains to mate the modernity and sleekness of the sheet metal with an interior to match.
“The EXP 10 Speed 6 is one vision for Bentley’s future – a powerful, exquisite and individual concept… It offers thrilling, driver-oriented performance, complete with trademark modern Bentley luxury and effortlessness,” Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, explained from Switzerland. “It could be a future model line, alongside the Continental GT and redefining the pinnacle of another market sector.”
The exterior incorporates many of Bentley’s iconic design cues, and adapts them into a more svelte sports car form with impeccable execution. Certain Bentley motifs are exaggerated and enlarged, but not absurdly so — rather they’re taken to their terminally expressive points. The usage of Bentley’s quad-headlamps is new, but quintessentially Bentley. The rear haunches will remind you of the GT Continental’s already massive shoulders, but they’re even further bulked up. They’re not turgid or comically beefcake, however, but rather athletic. Dangerous. Quick-looking. Lebron-esque.
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“The EXP 10 Speed 6 is one vision for Bentley’s future…”