CREWE, England - Bentley has consistently downplayed speculation that it would build Project Hunaudieres, the 320kph supercar shown at the Geneva auto show in March. But that does not mean Bentley is not serious about building a supercar.
Tony Gott, chief executive of Rolls-Royce and Bentley, recently showed Automotive News Europe a rendering of another supercar concept, one he believes customers would want to go out and buy immediately.
'This is only too possible,' said Gott. The vehicle, also done in Bentley's distinctive green, did not have the bold mesh grille of Project Hunaudieres. But the fenders and roofline were more dramatically curvaceous.
'That particular vehicle (Hunau-dieres) won't go forward,' Gott said. 'That car was meant to be a bit provocative, and maybe it shocked a few Englishmen to the core.'
It was also built to gauge reactions to new Bentley concepts, and has been out on tour doing just that.
But the idea of Bentley making a supercar fits within the boundaries of the brand, which was originally built on racing in the 1920s, Gott said. As Bentley moves forward, the brand needs to be future-looking, he said, and not to dwell entirely on protecting its rich heritage.
Gott also dismissed recent press speculation that Bentley is contemplating a sport-utility.
'I have never ever seen or heard or spoken of such a thing,' he said.