Talk of Bentley working on a four-door coupe to slot between its Continental and Flying Spur
vehicles has circulated for several years now
. Today, the rumors are once again flying, this time with a 2016 target date.
While Bentley has confirmed it doesn't have any plans to go down-market
, a four-door coupe could fill a place in the range, while offering loyal Bentley buyers another filled space in their multi-car garages.
The latest revival of the idea comes via an Auto Express
interview with Bentley CEO Wolfgang Schreiber. Schreiber didn't confirm the car--in fact, he seems to indicate no such car is in the works, but is merely possible.
If it were to get a green light, Bentley wouldn't be able to bring the car to market before 2016.
Bentley's next new model is expected to be the production version of the EXP 9 F SUV. Revised and re-envisioned for production, the SUV should help boost Bentley's volume to meet ambitious targets of nearly doubling volume by 2018. A four-door coupe could also help reach this goal.
As for what might underpin a Bentley four-door coupe, we'd pick the powertrain for the Continental GT
as the most likely candidate, including its mix of V-8 and W-12 engines.