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The information was revealed by Bentley boss Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen who spoke with AutoExpress on the sidelines of the recent 2010 Paris Auto Show. Paefgen explained that Bentley was looking to introduce a “third generation” model to sit below the Continental and Mulsanne lines.
Styling would be based along the lines of the Continental rather than Mulsanne, and to differentiate it from the Continental Flying Spur the new four-door coupe would have a dramatically sloping roofline leading to a hatchback rear.
To cut development costs, the four-door coupe would share a platform with the Audi A7 and could potentially be the lightest and most fuel efficient model Bentley has on offer. Power would come from a new 4.0-liter V-8 engine that’s set to debut at the end of this year in the 2011 Bentley Continental GT, with drive sent to all four wheels as standard.
Since there's no confirmation from Bentley that such a model is in the works we can only surmise that any release date would be still several years away--if the project actually gets the green light.