Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer is contemplating a two-seater sports coupe to compete with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, according to an Automobile Magazine report. A convertible counterpart may also join it.
Dürheimer is also weighing the options of Bentley’s own coupe version of Porsche’s next Panamera sedan, or a coupe variation of the Flying Spur. Why all the coupe-ness?
Dürheimer has Bentley racing glory on his mind.
“I want to know what comes after wood and leather. I want us to win races again — motor sport is very close to my heart,” Dürheimer says. After the Continental was homologated into the racing GT3 model in 2013, heralding the return of Bentley to motor sport after a 10 year hiatus, it seems that Bentley is hungry to again steep in its celebrated racing heritage.
The Continental GT3 is already competing this year in the Pirelli World Challenge, and in the FIA Blancpain GT series abroad.
Anticipate a front-mounted V8 to power the unconfirmed Bentley coupe’s rear-wheels, though we may have to wait until after the marque has collected itself following the introduction of their new Porsche Cayenne-based SUV and refreshed Mulsanne, planned for 2016.