Bentley Readying Rapide, Panamera Rival

Bentley is on road to creating a rival to the Aston Martin Rapide.  The upcoming entry-level four-door coupe is said to be modelled  along those lines and is likely to be positioned on a platform just a tad below the Continental and Mulsanne.  Apart from the Rapide, the Bentley innovation is seen as gearing up to take on the Maserati Quattroporte and Porsche Panamera.

The car is expected to come with a chassis that would look borrowed from Audi’s A7 Sportback  and would have as its exterior a 20 per cent aluminium structure. This would make sure that the weight of the car would be much less that the 2,350kg Continental GT, at about 1,700kg. As for the interiors, one aspect that would charm enthusiasts is the ample legroom provided.

To be powered by a 4.0-litre turbo V8, co-developed with Audi, and would produce around 450bhp.  On the pricing front too, the new Bentley model could charm. We hear the car would cost around £85,000 in the UK, compared with the Rapide priced at £140,000.

(via AutoExpress)

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