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These two may soon merge, though, as Bentley is reportedly considering entry in the off-road endurance race.
Bentley chief Wolfgang Durheimer has already admitted that Bentley is working on its first SUV. But building a cushy, ultra-premium SUV is a long way from fielding a team in an off-road rally race on some of the world's least hospitable terrain.
According to Autoblog Spain, a slot for Bentley will open up with the defection of Volkswagen. Though it's had a successful history in the race, Volkswagen is bringing its resume to the World Rally Championship, and rumors indicate it won't make a return to Dakar as a result.
So Bentley could snag VW's place and compete with sibling brands Audi and Porsche in the iconic race, though Lamborghini, another Volkswagen brand with a possible SUV on the horizon, seems like a more natural choice, especially when we allow visions of the LM002 to dance around in our heads.
While the production Bentley SUV may be far from a hardcore, off-road machine, it will pack plenty of power. Bentley has confirmed that its SUV will be one of the only models on the market to have a gas-powered twelve cylinder engine.