Introduced at the 1999 Geneva Motorshow, the Bentley Hunaudieres was Bentley‘s first attempt at creating a modern, unabashed sports car. Since the car never saw production, it’s a good bet that it wasn’t entirely successful, but that being said, it sometimes takes a long, long time for things like that to come to fruition, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a new Bentley sports cars in the next couple of years. One thing that must be said, too, is that the Hunaudieres is built on a modified Lamborghini Diablo VT frame, but that probably wasn’t a good idea for real production. Building an entirely car from scratch takes time, and Bentley is certainly looking to do things right.
For a car that looks as good as this one does, despite its very awkward name, you need an engine that will do it proud. The Hunaudieres was thus fitted with a massively powerful, 8-liter W16 sixteen-cylinder engine, producing an eye-popping 623 horsepower and almost as much torque. With that kind of power, it is able to reach a top speed of 250 km/h – or 220 mph. Not too shaby for a concept car! The Hunaudieres was the direct inspiration for the Bugatti Veyron, which is produced by Volkswagen, the parent to both companies.