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We Hear: Bentley Considering New Two-Seat Sports Car

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/11/2014 Kelly Pleskot

Bentley has a rich history of winning races at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and now the company may be looking to revive that legacy. According to our friends at Automobile, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer is considering a two-seater to slot below the Continental GT.

Powered by a front-mounted V-8 engine driving the rear wheels, the new model will compete directly against the 420-hp Aston Martin Vantage. Bentley is considering a coupe version foremost, but a roadster may also be in the cards. Alternatively, Dürheimer is also thinking of a 2+2 version of the next-gen Porsche Panamera coupe or a four-door coupe version of the Flying Spur.

Bentley Continental GT3 R© Provided by MotorTrend Bentley Continental GT3 R

There is strong evidence that Bentley is looking to regain its past glory on the track. Last year, the debut of the Continental GT3 marked Bentley's return to motorsport after a ten-year absence. That car gets a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 with 550 hp. An even more powerful GT3-R ups the ante with 572 ponies.

"I want to know what comes after wood and leather. I want us to win races again—motor sport is very close to my heart," Dürheimer told Automobile. "And I am determined to contemporize the brand, adding a dash of acid green, which makes a nice change from the traditional British Racing Green.”

Bentley has confirmed it will launch its first SUV sharing a platform with the Porsche Cayenne. By 2016, Bentley hopes to produce at least 3000 copies. Expect a refresh for the Mulsanne that same year as well as an all-new Continental GT in early 2017, a GTC in 2018, and a Flying Spur in 2019.

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Source: Automobile


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