Makes complete sense.
From the moment we saw Bentley's EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept last March at Geneva we figured it would one day head to production. And we were right. According to a new interview with Top Gear, Bentley's board member for sales and Marketing, Kevin Rose, not only stated that the concept "ticks all the right boxes" but that it's only a matter of time until it receives the production green light. Essentially, only the final details need working out.
Think of it as the right type of luxury high-performance coupe at the right time, in light of the Mercedes-AMG GT and Jaguar F-Type R. Both of those are enjoying huge success and rave reviews, so it makes sense that Bentley, a part of the VW Group, wants to get in this segment ASAP. But it's what Rose also revealed about this future model that's quite interesting: it'll be based on the same MSB platform as the next-generation Porsche Panamera. That's right, a full size sedan. Why not a smaller platform? Because MSB is flexible and engineers can "create a sedan with a sedan feel or a sports car with a sports car feel." This platform, aside from being physically flexible, can also handle various forms of power.
For example, it's expected the production-spec EXP 10 Speed 6 will come powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. But Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer also recently hinted a pure EV variant is possible, technology which that platform was also designed for.