Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 supercar spotted on road for first time

23 Feb, 2016 5:15pm Richard Ingram

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Last year, we confirmed the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 was all but certain to make production – and this is our biggest hint yet that the Aston Martin DB11 rival is ready for the green light.

Spotted on roads the other side of The Channel, the Speed 6 is likely to be revealed later this year. The concept, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015, is expected to heavily influence the new coupe’s sleek styling.

Positioned to sit alongside the Continental GT despite being smaller in size, the EXP 10 Speed 6 will compete with cars like the upcoming Aston Martin DB11 and Porsche 911 Turbo. The car in these pictures boasts the familiar 6.0-litre W12, though the smaller turbo V8 is also expected to feature. CEO Wolfgang Durheimer had previously hinted that the Speed 6 would get four-wheel drive, too.

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From these pictures, we can see the new model has been heavily influenced by last year’s Geneva Motor Show concept. The front headlights are almost identical – featuring a pair of LED-ringed units either side of a gaping mesh grille. The wide, low stance is carried over, too, with a steeply-raked windscreen and sloping roofline.

The back takes a different approach, however, with a Continental GT-style rear-end. This could be an elaborate disguise though, so we wouldn’t rule out sleeker Speed 6-inspired design cues later down the line.

We’ve no sight of the interior yet, but expect all the innovations seen on the latest Mulsanne to feature inside the new Speed 6. That means an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, as well as a powerful multi-speaker Naim stereo. Sumptuous leather is a given – but only in the front, as this is destined to be a strict two-seater.

The new car will be underpinned by the VW Group’s new MSB platform, which is expected to cater for Porsche’s next-generation Panamera. This ensures electrification will be an option later down the line – with hybrid powertrains a certainty for the German saloon. It’ll help push Bentley sales, too, which in conjunction with the new Bentayga SUV, is predicted to surpass 20,000 models before the end of the decade.

We’ll have more information on the sleek new Bentley later in the year, with all-eyes on a Paris Motor Show debut in the Autumn. Prices are likely to surpass the existing £140,000 Continental GT, with a Convertible expected at a later date.

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