Bentley is previewing its future design direction with the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car at the Geneva motor show. The design study hints at a forthcoming high performance two seater sportscar.
“It could be a future model line, alongside the Continental GT and redefining the pinnacle of another market sector, and the styling of the EXP 10 Speed 6 could influence the expansion of the Bentley family. This is not just a new sports car concept – but the potential Bentley sports car – a bold vision for a brand with a bold future,” said Bentley boss, Wolfgang Dürheimer.
Copper elements are used as accents to both interior and exterior features to highlight the concept’s hybrid powertrain. Although Bentley has so far not released any specific technical details regarding the drivetrain, a company spokesman said the car will “challenge competitors and define a new segment benchmark” in terms of performance.
The exterior design is said to have been inspired by the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages and wings. Key features include a new interpretation of the Bentley matrix grille and four-round headlamps.
The Crewe-based manufacturer also says 3D metal printing technology was used to fabricate the grille mesh, exhausts, door handles and side vents.
On the inside, a continuous line runs around the cabin, driving through the console and into two symmetrical ‘wings’ before flowing into the door and looping back into the console armrest. Two quilted sports seats are positioned either side of the narrow centre console which houses driver controls and a 12” touch screen.
The fascia instruments are said to deploy from a flat position into the drivers view as the car is started using the floating “B” button integrated in to a non-symmetrical gear lever finished in aluminium, copper and cherry wood.
At the back, the interior space is divided into two compartments designed to house a specifically designed four-piece luggage set.