“We had two major goals,” says Donckerwolke: “First, to explore the possibility of having a fifth type of car along with the Continental GT, the Flying Spur, the Mulsanne and, at year end, the SUV Bentayga, to be slotted in not below but along-side the Continental GT. Not a baby Bentley, but a two-seater geared to performance, an extreme sports cars. The feedback from Geneva will tell us whether or not there is a future for a car like that. Our second goal is to show that we intend to move Bentley Dna forward, checking if we can do without some of the basic elements of Bentley typology. So we have removed the honeycomb grille and headlight frames, as well as the “catwalk” that marks the bonnet and separates it from the mudguards, believing the shape is thus cleaner and more extreme. It is an evolution of our Dna style, the step forward we want to take.”
Now’s not the time to talk about powertrains: 6 cylinders, 8, maybe 12, anything is possible. The MSB modular platform, the same that Porsche will use next year for its new Panamera and Bentley will adopt for the new Continental (prob-ably in 2017 ), will also allow the use of hybrid solutions, so much so that in the Speed 6 there are al-ready some of the copper parts – on the brakes, in the interiors – that characterise Crewe hybrids.