Bentley Planning to Offer a Four-Door Coupe
Bentley’s next addition to its lineup is a production version for the EXP 9 F SUV, but in the long-term, the company could also develop a four-door coupe model as a competitor for top versions variants of the BMW 6-Series GranCoupe and Mercedes CLS.
In a recent interview, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Schreiber said that the company would really enjoy developing such a model, but it won’t happen "any time soon, that’s for sure, but maybe in the longer term." According to Schreiber, such a model would sit below the current Mulsanne and would be just one of the models needed by the company to raise sales from 8,510 units in 2012 to 15,000 by 2018. The future four-door coupe, if produced, would be priced at about £130,000 ($198,000 at the current exchange rates).
In the same interview, Schreiber confirmed that the SUV will arrive on the market by 2015 at a starting price of £120,000 ($182,000). It will be completely redesigned from the EXP 9 F concept and Bentley has already received 2,000 orders for it.
Click past the jump to check out some of the competition a four-door coupe Bentley would face
Note: Bentley Mulsanne pictured here.
The CLS 63 AMG S-Model is powered by an AMG 5.5-liter V-8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 585 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 590 pound-feet. Just like the standard version, the new S-Model is offered with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission that sends the power to all four wheels via a performance-oriented all-wheel-drive system.
The CLS 63 AMG S-Model will sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and can hit a top speed of 155 mph.
The M6 GranCoupe is powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers a total of 560 horsepower between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 pound-feet between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm. The M6 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 189 mph.