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Kez Casey | Jun, 30 2016 | 1 Comment

Boutique automaker Bentley is preparing to add a fifth model line to its already expanding range.

Timing for the new model is yet to be confirmed, as, at this stage Bentley is still debating what the fifth model line will be.

In an interview with UK publication Autocar Bentley CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, revealed that the new model will carry a performance theme, however at this stage it could be either a compact two-seater coupe, or a more sporting SUV.

EXP 10 Speed 6
EXP 10 Speed 6

Internally the company is yet to decide, with Dürheimer saying that the public “will know by the end of the year”.

Expect the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept to form the basis of a more sporting Bentley. With a new Continental GT just around the corner set to continue as an upmarket tourer, an opportunity exists to introduce a hi-po dedicated two-seater.

Outgoing - the current Continental GT
Outgoing - the current Continental GT

A production version of the Speed 6 would be lighter and more compact than the Continental range, with rumour suggesting that power could come from a range of hybrid and pure-electric powertrains, as well as Bentley’s more traditional V8 and W12 petrol engines.

On the other hand, Bentley’s success with the recently introduced Bentayga SUV could lead the brand to spin off a second SUV line - this time focussing less on cosseting luxury and instead developed as a high performance alternative to the Porsche Cayenne.

Bigger brother - the Bentayga
Bigger brother - the Bentayga

Again the new SUV would likely be smaller and lighter than the Bentayga, and potentially adopt a fastback shape to separate it from the more traditional upright look of its bigger sibling.

Either way, both models will eventually make the grade with Dürheimer admitting that funding and manpower are the biggest limiting factors to rolling out both models in quick succession.

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