Give a car designer a pencil and scrap of paper, stand back, and 10 minutes later you’ll have a sketch of an imagined slinky-dreamy two-seater sports car. Usually a coupe. Usually front-engined. It’s just what they’re genetically programmed to do, even if they’re employed by a company that will forever thwart their chance to realise the fantasy. And, sure enough, the designers at Bentley Motors are no different. Their day job has been all about other things: big four-seat coupes, convertibles and four-door saloons - the areas of pre-eminence occupied by the company since the Twenties. Oh, and then over the past couple of years, an SUV, which has wracked their brains more than somewhat. And then, at the Geneva show… this.
Pictures: Jamie Lipman
This feature originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of Top Gear magazine.