Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 confirmed for production

The stunning Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept is all but certain to go into production, according to bosses at the firm. It made a surprise debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and now it looks set to hit the roads within the next few years, after the Bentayga SUV.

Bentley Chairman and CEO Wolfgang Durheimer previously told us at Geneva the EXP 10 showed “potential to be the new pinnacle luxury two-seat sports car”. But now in an interview with Durheimer, engineering boss Rolf Frech and marketing chief Kevin Rose at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the trio confirmed to Auto Express that the hugely positive reaction to the EXP 10 concept meant it was a near certainty to hit showrooms. 

Encouragement to build the car not only came from the press, but more importantly Bentley customers, who see it as a distinctly different car to the existing Continental GT. The firm expects the two-seater Speed 6 to rival models such like the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and Aston Martin DBS, while power is likely to come from Bentley’s all-new W12 as seen in the Bentayga SUV.

Durheimer also confirmed that, like the Continental GT, the Speed 6 will have four-wheel drive, so that it delivers maximum performance in all conditions. As to when we will see the Speed 6 hit showrooms, that’s still to be confirmed. At the moment, Bentley is focusing on its new Bentayga SUV, and depending on how well that does, it will either launch the Speed 6 or a second SUV. The new SUV is likely to be a smaller model to slot in below the Bentayga.

Rose confirmed that the initial production run of 3,000 Bentayga SUVs is expected to sell out, while the first 400-500 customers will receive a special First Edition model loaded with even more luxury kit.