Bentley Considering Electric Version for EXP 10 Two-Seater Production Model with Porsche Power

If you were in the market for a Bentley coupe but didn’t want to go for a Continental GT, you should ensure you maintain a good relationship with your bank, as Crewe is on the verge of a coupe revolution. It should all start with a production version of the gorgeous EXP 10 Speed 6 concept.
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The management board is currently close to giving the coupe the (British Racing) Green light, as Top Gear writes. Unlike the Conti, this would come to the market as a two-seater.

What does Crewe’s helm man think?

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer previously talked about the concept, explaining “It will be smaller than the Continental GT but not cheaper.

As we’ve said in the past, Durheimer is the kind of chief executive who believes in an expanded line-up, so if the business case is solid enough, we’ll get such a Bentley.

The technical side

If approved, the EXP 10 Speed 6 will share its platform with the now-confirmed next-generation Continental and Flying Spur. All three vehicles will ride on a new VW Group modular platform called MSB.

Porsche is currently finalizing the development process of the platform (you’ll meet it on the second-gen Panamera), but Bentley has also had a hand in this. Given the technical expertize of the VW Group engineers, we wouldn’t worry about any potential dilution caused by platform sharing.

As for the low-end torque that defines any Flying B product, the possibilities are vast.

The most important news comes from the EV area, as Durheimer has recently told the aforementioned source the company would be interested in offering an all-electric version of this car.

After all, now that Porsche has green-lit the Mission E, we can expect the architecture to spawn other high-end EVs in the Volkswagen Group.

For a full EV you need 500km range and 15-20-minute fast charges. If it’s achievable then that’s a real option. Porsche has said it can be done. There is also the possibility to take power to the customers. There is a company in California that takes fuel to people with a truck. We thought that could be an interesting way to take power to customers - a truck with a big generator basically. As a luxury brand selling a small numbers of cars we could make life very easy by taking power to you,” the CEO said.

We’ll remind those of you who are still wondering what “Mission E” stands for, that Porsche’s electron effort comes with an output of up to 600 hp, all-wheel-drive and a 0 to 62 mph time of 3.5 seconds. The vehicle will arrive by the end of the decade.

Yes, Rolls-Royce might have tested the EV market a few years ago and concluded the affluent clientele did not approve of the compromises required by the current technology, but, with Porsche's help, Bentley can overcome those issues.

How about the non-electric stuff?

As for the conventional powertrains, we’ve recently talked about how Porsche is currently developing an all-new twin-turbo V8, probably with a four-liter capacity. The engine, which will power the Lamborghini Urus, is also going to be shared with Bentley. And we’ll probably see it in this two-door model.

You see, the current Audi-developed twin-turbo 4-liter V8 makes certain compromises to favor the hefty production numbers Ingolstadt vehicles show compared to more exclusive brands in the VW Group portfolio and all that is about to change.

Now, about that interest rate...
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