Bentley is moving forward with the brand's first electric vehicle.Bentley has decided to move forward with an electric sports car rather than a smaller utility vehicle to slot beneath he Bentayga, the company has confirmed.Bentley was weighing either a sporty EV or a smaller SUV for its fifth model line, with the battery-electric ultimately winning out. Bentley head Wolfgang Durheimer confirmed the decision on the sidelines of the recent Frankfurt Motor Show.
"What I can say is that a small SUV is no longer on the scheme," he told Autocar. "We're favoring a car with a full electric powertrain."
Durheimer added that an electric powertrain meshes perfectly with Bentley's signature driving experience. "We intend to be the leader in electrification in the luxury segment. We see that it fits into the Bentley scheme - low rev torque with seamless acceleration."
Bentley first hinted at the idea of an electric sports car with the EXP12 Speed 6e concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Although that concept isn't expected to make a direct transition to production, some elements could transfer over to Bentley's forthcoming EV. The Bentley EV will share its architecture with the Porsche Mission E and should be similar in size to the Continental GT.
Powertrain details are unknown at this point, but the car will likely use a dual-motor setup to allow for all-wheel drive. Range should be at least 300 miles.
Bentley has not given an official timeframe for when we might see its production EV, but it could land in showrooms as soon as 2019.