The British automaker made the headlines with stunning EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, with the company receiving lots of positive feedback – and rumors claim it will finally get the greenlight.
According to the latest report flaying off the rumor mill, the production version two seater is slated for market arrival sometimes in 2019, and more importantly owners won’t have to engage in speech therapy just to be able to say the name of their car. That’s because Bentley is allegedly ditching the EXP 10 Speed 6 moniker for something shorter – namely the Barnato designation. According to British media, the automaker has trademarked this new moniker – and they actually did it no less than two years ago, when they also filed for the Bentayga name. If the Barnato sounds familiar it might be because it honors former Bentley chairman and three-time Bentley Le Mans 24 Hours winner Woolf Barnato, who took home the prize back in 1928, 1929 and 1930. He is among the famous “Bentley Boys” and is also one of the few racers to have won every race entered at Le Mans.
This motorsport-derived moniker seems even more appropriate for the smaller than Continental GT two-door sports car than EXP 10 Speed 6, though the company might get sidetracked in the introduction of the little coupe by the success of the Bentayga SUV. That’s because the executives are contemplating an expedite introduction of the coupe version, while a compact baby SUV is also believed to be cooked up by the top Bentley heads. And the EXP 10 production version might also receive an all-electric version, to be developed alongside the Porsche Mission E model.