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Bentley weighs up batterypowered bullet


That's what Bentley says its proposed new sports car will manage on electricity alone. It will be one of several productions of the recent EXP 10 Speed Six concept car, which received an overwhelmingly positive response from both press and potential customers at the Geneva Motor Show earlier in 2015.

While a more traditional version will be produced using the Audi-sourced 4.0- litre twin-turbo V8 used in the Continental and Flying Spur, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer believes battery technology is now reaching the point where a purely electric performance sports car starts to make sense.

The car is some way off, with Bentley instead focusing on producing another, smaller SUV based on its forthcoming Bentayga, however the concept is based around a twin-motor model producing between 300-375kW.

Key to its performance, however, would be its immense torque, fed through a three-speed automatic gearbox for a 320km/h top speed and acceleration equal to the latest and greatest sports cars from Porsche, AMG and Aston Martin.

With Bentley focusing on money-making off roaders, however, its new sports coupe is unlikely to appear prior to 2020.