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Mike Stevens | Apr, 01 2015 | 3 Comments

If you thought you could see more than a little Bentley in this week’s newly unveiled Lincoln Continental concept, you’re not alone.

While most designers might feel it prudent to keep grievances of imitation to themselves, Bentley design boss Luc Donckerwolke apparently couldn’t resist taking to Facebook to deliver a scathing review of Lincoln’s big new show car.

“I would have called it a Flying Spur concept and kept the four round lights,” Donckerwolke wrote on his Facebook profile.

The Belgian designer then took his message directly to Lincoln designer David Woodhouse’s page, asking: "Do you want us to send the product tooling?"

Donckerwolke may have thought better of that message, deleting it almost immediately, but he was more than ready to tell website Car Design News of his feelings.

“This is not respectable. Such a copy is giving a bad name to the car-design world,” he told the magazine.

Bentley exterior design boss, Sangyup Lee, who reports to Donckervolke, described the concept as “a joke, seriously”.

“It is very disappointing, especially for an exclusive brand like Lincoln,” he said.

It’s not often that you see automotive executives publicly laying into their counterparts at other brands. There may be a few quiet admonishments to come out of this exchange…

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