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Bentley To Show Sports Concept In Paris

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On: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 2:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bentley To Show Sports Concept In Paris

Move over Continental GT and make room for Bentley's latest. Bentley is reportedly preparing an all-new one-off sports car concept for the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September. The car is being billed as the sportiest model it's shown in more than a decade.

Car & Driver reports that a one-off sports concept will debut within a month's time. The magazine describes the new concept as the "sportiest vehicle the brand has shown since the 1999 Bentley Hunaudières," which was built on a Lamborghini platform and powered by a W-16 engine. Looking at those specs, perhaps the new car will utilize the Aventador's composite tub and Bugatti's 1,000-hp W-16 engine.

It doesn't sound like the concept has any production future, but it could foreshadow a fresh styling direction for Bentley. As cool and sexy as you could argue it is, you could also argue that the Continental GT's styling could benefit from a serious refresh. It sounds as though the concept car will be more visually assertive in its sporting intent.

This news marks a welcome departure from all the Bentley EXP 9 SUV talk. The Paris Motor Show gets started on September 29, and we're looking forward to getting a first look at this one.

If you're wondering about the pictured Bentley Hunaudières (who wouldn't be), it debuted at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. It used a 620-hp 8.0-liter W-16 engine that sounds an awful lot like a predecessor to Bugatti's 8.0-liter W-16 engine (both companies were newly owned by Volkswagen at the time). As you've certainly figured out, the Hunaudières didn't have much of a future after the show.



dwalter | 5:05PM (Fri, Aug 31, 2012)

Aventador composite tub + Bugatti 1,000-hp W-16 engine ... sounds awesome!

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