Bentley EXP12 Speed 6e

The Speed 6e is the soft-top companion to the fixed-roof EXP10 Speed 6 concept car exhibited in Geneva two years ago, and is the clearest sign yet Bentley’s driver-focused fifth product line is imminent. It’s also a clear sign that Bentley wants to go electric, something it has shied away from hitherto to now. That’s possibly down to how to current technology isn’t able to “provide a range sufficient for grand touring requirements", or more specifically, around 350km on a single charge. Bentley’s first electric concept car also shows off a new interior similar to the one seen on the hard-top Speed 6 concept, though the copper-coloured accents (an allusion to its electric nature) are unique to it, as is the flight yoke-style steering wheel.

Why it matters: Bentley’s sporting model line is fast taking shape, and if the pair of Speed 6 concepts is anything to go by, it’ll comprise a diverse range of drivetrains, from internal combustion, hybrid and all-electric. The Speed 6 concepts are also a clear attempt at building a car for a younger audience, which, if received well, could pave the way for a smaller, sportier junior Bentayga.

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Published 15th March 2017
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