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First EV Bentley to be two-seat roadster

Tuesday 12/September/2017 - 11:49 PM
Sada El Balad

A production version of the electric Bentley EXP12 Speed 6e concept is set to become the fifth model in the brand’s line-up. AutoCar said

 

The Crewe-based company’s two-seater roadster concept was first shown at the Geneva motor show earlier this year. Bentley boss Wolfgang Dürheimer had previously told Autocar that the decision for a new model was between the concept and an SUV smaller than the Bentayga.

 

Asked at the Frankfurt motor show whether a decision had been made, Dürheimer said: “What I can say is that a small SUV is no longer on the scheme. We’re favouring a car with full electric powertrain.”

 

Such a car could go into production as early as 2019 and would share the J1 electric platform that fellow Volkswagen Group brand Porsche is using for its upcoming Mission E model.

 

When first showing the EXP12 concept at Geneva, Bentley declined to give much away about a potential powertrain, but the instrument panel suggested a range of around 300 miles, along with a four-wheel-drive powertrain. That would likely include a pair of motors, one at the front of the car and one at the rear.

 

The concept was slightly larger than an Aston Martin V8 Vantage but a touch shorter than a Continental GT.

 

At Frankfurt, Dürheimer also confirmed that the firm would offer three plug-in hybrids - the already-confirmed Bentayga V6 plug-in hybrid, which will arrive first, as well as the Continental and Flying Spur.

edited by amrmamdouh

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