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Show cars are for precisely that… show. In a lot of ways, they’re the Wizard of Oz to automotive consumers. They’re big and powerful, and there are also the details of the man behind the curtain that auto makers may or may not want you to see. We always find that fascinating, like when we hear one of the best looking concept cars of the season has the underpinnings of one of our favorite Audis.
This news comes from a recent report penned by Georg Kacher for the UK’s CAR Magazine that covered his exclusive drive of the new sports coupe from Crewe. In it, he confirms that the car’s power came from Audi’s high-revving 4.2 FSI, the very same that comes in the RS 5 and R8.
Why this engine since it’s really on its way out anyway? Well, this concept came together long before the availability of the upcoming Porsche-developed MSB – mid engine matrix. In fact, it was apparently ready to go months before and slated for an earlier auto show, but finalization of design held it back to its eventual Geneva launch.
With such early gestation, Bentley chose to build the car on many components from the RS 5. Kacher explains thusly in reference to the 4.2 FSI engine choice.
While they were gutting the coupe from Ingolstadt, the British engineers also transplanted the suspension, certain platform elements, the automatic (S-tronic DSG) gearbox and the four-wheel-drive system. The steering and the carbon-ceramic brakes are borrowed from the R8.
In today’s automotive world, this is the wizard behind the curtain. Taking pre-existing components when building a custom car such as this makes sense, though usually you don’t get that sort of detail, one reason we love reading Kacher’s stuff.
Were this the Golden era of Bentley when it was winning races at Le Mans, the overall process of building this car would seem akin to the coach built cars built for the super rich. Occasionally, they’d even be built by the factory, shown at an auto show and then sold to a rich client. That probably won’t happen to the EXP 10 Speed 6, though a production version based on the new MSB architecture is expected.
Alas, the Audi RS 5 likely won’t have a Bentley stablemate, but the car will apparently get built. That’s good news for Bentley fans, as this is one of the best looking concept cars we’ve seen all year. The boys from Crewe meant to build an Aston Martin fighter with this car and that’s just what they’ve done… so much so that we’re yearning to see James Bond go back to his Bentley roots.
Want to learn more? We’ve not found the CAR story online, so you’ll have to go to the May 2015 issue in print or on mobile devices. We have found his version of the story published in Automobile Magazine, but it mentions less of the Audi components. You can find that link HERE.