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Development of the big new 2016 Bentley Bentayga is coming to a close, with an official unveiling now just weeks away – but the company isn’t done with forging paths into new segments.

The new SUV will round out a range that, for the most part, focuses on large luxury passenger and lifestyle models. What’s left, then?

According to Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer, there’s at least one key model style still to be explored in Bentley’s segment: sports cars.

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The company already offers the sleek Continental GT, a range that also includes hugely capable performance variants, but Duerheimer believes a Bentley sports car can be far more purposeful.

Speaking with American website The Detroit Bureau this week, Duerheimer said that  a “fairly aggressive, state-of-the-art sports car” will “make a different company out of Bentley Motors”.

That means that further development of the recent EXP 10 Speed 6 concept could be on the cards.

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The company has already underlined the concept as a possible preview that could “influence the expansion of the Bentley family”, although approval from the British brand’s German masters at Volkswagen must still be secured.

But, according to Duerheimer, the company is working hard on a formal business case to develop and introduce a version of the Speed 6 to market.

Even if the project gets a green light, though, don’t expect a debut to come anytime soon. “We’re not in a rush,” Duerheimer said, adding that a successful launch for the Bentayga is the company’s top priority in the short term.

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The new SUV will make its global debut at next month’s Frankfurt motor show. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our live coverage from the event.

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