New Bentley sports coupe to be based on Audi R8 – report

July 31, 2014

There’s been quite of a lot of heat generated in the media lately about the idea that Bentley will introduce a sporty coupe in the next few years. We now hear word it could be based on the Audi R8 thanks to the Volkswagen Group empire, which holds both Audi and Bentley.

Bentley Hunaudieres concept

According to an Autocar report the mid-engined, most agile Bentley road car ever is set to be based on the R8. Only instead of featuring a V10, a W12 engine could be more likely. Bentley has been fitting its W12 engine to its models for a number of years now, especially known in the Continental GT.

We’ve heard Bentley might also adopt the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 for the two-seater, which powers various Audi models and the Bentley Continental GT V8. In those, peak output hovers around the 380kW mark.

It’s understood Bentley is still considering such a model and is yet to make a final decision. Another new model is also being considered alongside, sitting between the Continental GT and the grand-luxury Mulsanne.

Bentley Hunaudieres concept shown

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Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.