Striking isn’t it? Bentley’s EXP 9 F concept is clear proof that SUV owners looking for an upgrade will soon be able to walk into their Bentley showrooms and get what is – currently – the ultimate example of the breed. As for who Bentley is building this car for – one only needs to look to the USA and Middle East, where the success over the past decade of the Porsche Cayenne is clar evidence that in this day and age, manufacturers are unafraid to do something completely different.
And Bentley’s aim for the inevitable production version (assuming post show clinics are a success) is to build the world’s fastest (in terms of maximum top speed) SUV, and sell it for around £150,000 in today’s money.
As for the car itself, it’s powered by a twin-turbo 6.0 W12 engine producing 592bhp and 590lb ft, and rides on immense 23in alloys. What they successfully do is mask the size of the car – it’s larger than a Range Rover – and soften the car’s boxy proportions.
inside it’s as you would expect for any car wearing the Bentley badge – so it’s packed with high grade wood and top quality leather. Even the flooring is covered with the stuff instead of the more traditional Wilton carpeting. It’s also huge, and has as much rear legroom as the larger Mulsanne – for considerably less outlay.
[Source: Octane magazine]
And here’s one they made earlier: Bentley Dominator
The Bentley Dominator was a four-wheel drive SUV, commissioned in 1994 by the Sultan of Brunei. Bentley would eventually produce six Dominators for the Sultan, each with identical specification but different colour schemes. Exact details of the car are very sketchy – but we do know that Bentley borrowed heavily from the Range Rover for the four-wheel drive hardware, and that one Dominator was finished in bright Royal Yellow, with two others in metallic grey and bright red.
The Dominator is one of a host of specials which the Sultan ordered in the early-1990s to essentially keep Bentley from bankruptcy. The cost of the project was estimated at £3,000,000 per car. Knowledge of the Dominator only entered into the public domain after Autocar published a story using scoop photographs of two Dominators being loaded onto a jet destined for Brunei.
Read more: Bentley Dominator – Wikicars