Bentley Has Cool Expansion Plans, Could Be Led by Smaller Coupe

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In case you’ve noticed an increase in Bentley’s activity over the last few years or so, you are right. The Brits are looking to mold the Flying B into a wider variety of shapes, betting on the market’s thirst for new and bespoke products. The plan could be led by a Coupe that would be slotted under the Continental GT that has become some sort of an emblem for the brand.
Now that we’ve passed the year’s halfway point, Bentley has reported it sees record sales ahead. Don’t think that Crewe is resting on the laurels the new V8 engine has brought to the Continental line-up though. First of all, the Bentley Boys are working overtime to complete the development of their SUV, but, according to Car and Driver, they are also considering a smaller coupe.

While the dimensions would slot this under the Continental GT, it’s still unclear whether the proposal will also be a grand tourer or a sports car. We’d put our money on the first, mostly because this is Crewe’s style. Secondly, this will most likely be a two-seater, so it won’t cannibalize the Conti GT. Sure, some could point out that Jaguar faced a similar situation with the F-Type which devoured the XK, but the later was more than aging, so Jaguar only caught its loses. Anyway, not the case with the Continental GT.

Bentley keeps faring well on the track these days, so while their Continental GT3-R may be an effort only destined for the fanatics, we’re expecting their future smaller coupe to learn a lesson or two from Crewe’s motorsport activities

Furthermore, Bentley is looking to capitalize on people’s increasing desire for customization. What, you thoght the Mulliner guys didn’t notice how much Ferrari and Lamborghini customers are willing to pay for bespoke models?

Moreover, Bentley should expand its wings further onto the special editions market with a Speed incarnation of the Mulsanne. The previosuly-rumored Mulsanne Speed should bow this autumn in Paris and we can only rejoice upon hearing that the antique 6.75-liter V8 will be taken one step further into our modern lives, growing from 505 to about 550 hp in the process.
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