Designer of Lamborghini’s Murcielago and Gallardo, Luc Donckerwolke has been appointed as Bentley Motors’ new director of design. The 47-year old Belgian car designer succeeds Dirk van Braeckel who moves to the Volkswagen Group. Donckerwolke started his career at Volkswagen as an exterior designer at Audi in 1992 and has went on to stamp his style of clean shapes and subdued lines. He is best remembered for turning Lamborghini’s Diablo-successor from the recklessly curvaceous Canto concept to the stoic and slab-sided Murcielago.
Canto concept failed to impress Ferdinand Piech.
Murcielago marked the beginning of Lamborghini's new golden age.
Better looking in real life with its hulking presence than in pictures, the Murcielago set the template from, which Lamborghini slowly rediscovered its identity as a company producing cars with plenty shock and awe.
Donckerwolke’s penchant for creating clean and sleek car bodies might be an ideal fit for Bentley’s image as the proprietor of gentleman’s express vehicles.