WOLFGANG DURHEIMER CEO, BENTLEY MOTORS
Could a production Bentley be an electric car, like the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept?
“This is pure-electric driving in the Bentley style. For us, EVS have no limits on luxury and performance. [The EXP 12 Speed 6e] is a typical Bentley with nothing missing from it. We think our interpretation of an electric car still has details people expect [from Bentley]. We still have a grille and air vents, so we’ve not just put a homogenised plastic body on the car.”
Will the next Continental GT have an electric powertrain?
“The new Continental GT is in its final test cycle. We don’t have a Continental GT EV in the plan. In the future, though, every model including the Continental will have a PHEV [plug-in hybrid vehicle] in its range and that’s more important than a transitional technology. The PHEV will be here for a very long time because it’s the best of both worlds. The Bentayga will get it first.”
Why does Bentley need a fourth model line?
“At the moment, we have Continental, Mulsanne and Bentyaga, which has added remarkable growth. I see no reason to remain where we are. We can grow further. In terms of prestige or exclusivity, I don’t think we’re going to suffer if we sell 15,000 vehicles [per year]. It’s still a luxury product and there’s room for additional Bentleys in the market.”
When will we see the fourth Bentley model and what kind of car will it be?
“We have a full portfolio of cars to come to market and we won’t stop or change. Four years from now, there will be a chance to add again. I will listen to the market. If I’m convinced by the business case, I’ll do everything to make it happen.”