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Bentley to Produce Both EXP 10 Speed 6 Sports Car and Smaller SUV

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/1/2015 Jason Udy

Bentley is deciding between building a two-seat sports car based on the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept and a smaller SUV below the upcoming Bentayga SUV, according to a new report. The British luxury automaker has conducted a global market research project to determine its next model, Autocar reports. The decision isn’t expected until 2016 or 2017.

"We can’t do both those cars at the same time, because Bentley is still a small company and our resources are very stretched,” Bentley boss Wolfgang Durheimer told Autocar. "We are doing the studies for both those models and then we will decide on the fifth model…We have to see if we now need an SUV one size smaller than the new Bentayga."

While the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept shown at Geneva was expected to be the next model, the automaker hinted at a smaller SUV at the Shanghai show. Where the EXP 10 Speed 6 would be priced at more than $280,000 and go up against the Ferrari F12, the small SUV would be priced around $220,000, according to Autocar. Pricing has not yet been announced for the Bentayga.

"We have asked our customers and they have said about the Speed 6 'just build it!'" said Durheimer, "They see a big difference in the two models. Many have said they would take both of them."

If built, the production two-seat EXP 10 Speed 6 would be a much different car than the four-seat Continental GT grand touring coupe. While a convertible variant is possible, no decision has been made.

Bentley to Produce Both EXP 10 Speed 6 Sports Car and Smaller SUV Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept

According to The Telegraph, Bentley will build both vehicles but hasn’t decided which will come first.

"We are currently evaluating two options -- the EXP 10 and a second SUV," Durheimer said at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. "But it’s not a question of which one we do, but which one we do first."

If the Speed 6 were to go into production first, it could show up in dealer showrooms around the end of 2018, while the new SUV would come two to three years later.

Source: Autocar, The Telegraph

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