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A quanto pare le cose in Bentley vanno tanto bene da poter pensare ad un quinto modello col quarto ancora non presentato (vedi SUV).

Rumors about an entry-level Bentley coupe have been circulating for years and CEO Wolfgang Durheimer has now confirmed it is a possibility.In an interview with Top Gear, Durheimer said the brand will introduce a fifth model line to be sold alongside the Continental GT, Flying Spur, Mulsanne and crossover. The mysterious vehicle will be introduced after the crossover and Durheimer revealed it will be either an entry-level sports car or a model that will slot between the Continental GT and Mulsanne.

Little is known about the latter model but the entry-level coupe would be a lightweight two-seater that could use a twin-turbo V8 and possibility even a hybridized V6. There's also rumors of a rear-wheel drive variant as Durheimer said "I very well can see some niche products, very sporty ones, that could come with rear-wheel drive only.”

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Bentley could follow next year’s SUV with a return to two-seat sports cars to sit below the Continental GT, according to incoming boss Wolfgang Durheimer.Durheimer – returning to Bentley’s top seat after a two-year absence – stated that, after the arrival of the SUV late in 2015, Bentley will introduce a fifth model line, following Conti GT, Flying Spur, Mulsanne and that SUV.

Though he was clear the shape of that fifth model has not yet been decided, Durheimer admitted it had been narrowed down to the choice of two: either an as-yet-unspecified model to sit between £150,000 Conti GT and £230,000 Mulsanne, or a two-seater sports car that could undercut the cheapest Continental GT. TopGear knows which of these it wants to see.

So how might an entry-level, two-seat Bentley look? Well, it seems unlikely it’d clock in cheap enough to rival, say, the Jaguar F-Type. When TopGear asked if he could imagine a Bentley half the price of the cheapest Continental GT – meaning a tag somewhere around £65,000 – Durheimer seemed reluctant to stoop so low.

“There will never be a cheap Bentley, this is for sure,” he said. “A Bentley […] will never be a mass market car, it will never be approachable for everybody. It needs to be a solid statement in terms of luxury and performance.” So we’d likely be looking, in price terms, at a Merc AMG GT rather than a Porsche Cayman rival.

Whatever the fifth model line, it’d likely be offered with the option of hybrid power, with Durheimer announcing that virtually every future Bentley will boast a hybrid variant. And a two-seater could use engines smaller than the firm’s current range of V8 and W12 powerplants, Durheimer saying Bentley is currently exploring the potential of a V6 petrol hybrid.

And here’s the best bit. The fifth model – likely to be signed off in 2016 – could even get a rear-wheel drive variant. Bentley has had great track success this year with its Continental GT3 racer, which ditches the road car’s four-wheel drive set-up in favour of a lighter RWD system.

Durheimer – who knows all about rear-wheel drive, having acted as Porsche’s R&D chief before heading to Bugatti and Bentley – hinted this could find its way onto high-performance road-going Bentleys.

“All-wheel drive technology adds a lot in terms of useability and road safety,” he stated. “It will remain the core technology for Bentley Motors. But I very well can see some niche products, very sporty ones, that could come with rear-wheel drive only.”

Durheimer also confirmed that future Bentleys would focus far more on weight reduction, highlighting the 1000kg shaved from the Conti GT for GT3 racing duty.

So, a cheaper, lightweight, possibly-RWD Bentley two-seater… and all they need is a bit of encouragement to build it. What are you waiting for?

TopGear

Le cose ancora non sono ben definite, ma stando al CEO di Bentley, le vetture in lizza per il quinto posto sono due coupé:

Una entry level a due posti secchi e trazione posteriore oppure una coupé flagship da posizionare tra Conti e Mulsanne.

Ovviamente io propendo per la prima :mrgreen:

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Le cose non sono ancora ben definite? Direi che GdI non ne ha ancora sentito parlare...

(--> Durheimer, Responsabile della "Bluesport"..., eh:mrgreen:)

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Factum abiit, monumenta manent.
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:lol: Tizio che sogna parecchio eh?

Visionario....

:)

Aparte questo, un po' discussione c'é per una quinta linea. Si parlava di una cosa che avrebbe fatto felice i "Bentley Boys". Ma niente che sarebbe solo in vicinanza Porsche, Lambo, Bugatti, R8...

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Visionario....

:)

Aparte questo, un po' discussione c'é per una quinta linea. Si parlava di una cosa che avrebbe fatto felice i "Bentley Boys". Ma niente che sarebbe solo in vicinanza Porsche, Lambo, Bugatti, R8...

T!

Ergo più orientata verso l'entry... magari F-Type.

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