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Bentley: Lincoln Continental concept is Flying Spur knockoff

Bentley chief designer Luc Donckerwolke asks Lincoln \"Do you want us to send the product tooling?\"

Bentley designers are none too pleased after seeing the first images of Lincoln's Continental concept, due to be formally unveiled this week in New York.

The British luxury automaker appears to have found a striking resemblance between Lincoln's new Continental and the Continental Flying Spur.

It is not uncommon for concepts and production vehicles to seemingly mimic design elements of rivals, but Bentley chief designer Luc Donckerwolke and exterior design head Sangyup Lee argue that Ford's luxury division took the apparent inspiration too far.

"I would have called it Flying Spur concept and kept the four round lights," Donckerwolke quipped in a Facebook post.

In a follow-up interview with Car Design News, Donckerwolke claimed that Lincoln's move is "not respectable" and building such a 'copy' is giving a bad name to the car design industry.

He took his grievance directly to Lincoln chief designer David Woodhouse, sarcastically asking "Do you want us to send the product tooling?" on Woodhouse's Facebook page.

Lincoln and parent Ford have not yet publicly chimed in on the brewing controversy.

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