Bentley Could Celebrate its Birthday by Building $1.5M Hypercar

Bentley Could Celebrate its Birthday by Building $1.5M Hypercar

Bentley is trying to decide how to celebrate its 100th birthday and the automaker might build a $1.5-million hypercar for the occasion.

CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer has confirmed to Top Gear that Bentley is evaluating a $1.5-million hypercar for its centenary adding, “Our centenary would be a good time to create a new limited series car.” Within the next month, the British automaker will investigate the project intensively with the big questions being whether Bentley wants to build a standard car consumers would expect in the segment, or a special model “with lots of carbon fibre and lightweight components.”

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The CEO has a history of producing high-performance hypercars, having steered the Porsche 918 Spyder into production while he was head of R&D at Porsche. Oh yeah, he also runs Bugatti, so he knows a thing or two about exclusive, high-horsepower machines.

At the 1999 Geneva Motor Show, Bentley showed off the wild Hunaudières concept seen above. Back then, it was powered by an 8.0-liter naturally aspirated W16 engine with 623 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque with a top speed of 220 mph. Now, we all know that’s not hypercar territory in 2015, so expect a big surprise no matter what direction Bentley goes in for its big birthday bash.

[Source: Top Gear]

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