Bentley prepares Porsche Panamera competitor
The Porsche Panamera is already a very successful model on the market. It may even be more successful than Porsche itself expected and proof of that statement comes in the form of the 678 Panameras that were sold in April in the U.S., while the rest of the line-up added up to a total of 1,747 units.
So why would other automakers sit back and let Porsche have all of the fun? Well, apparently, they aren’t going to. Bentley, for instance, plans to bring a new model to the market. This model will be a five-door fastback based on the next-generation Continental range and a direct competitor to the German luxury sedan. The next generation Bentley Continental will go on sale in 2012.
The five-door fastback version is rumored to be inspired by the Continental Flying Star unveiled by the Italian styling house Touring Superleggera at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The car is powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine that develops a total of 560 hp and 650 Nm of torque (when based on the Continental GTC). When based on the GTC Speed, it develops 610 hp and 750 Nm of torque. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and can hit a top speed of 200 mph.