Bentley has taken the wraps off the EXP 9 F luxury Sport Utility Vehicle concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. According to Bentley, the EXP 9 F is a glimpse of the future of Bentley. "The Company's designers and engineers have created a compelling new take on the Grand Touring Bentley - a vehicle that feels equally at home at an opera gala performance, on the sand dunes and the overtaking lane of the autobahn."
The EXP 9 F could become a third Bentley model-line alongside the Mulsanne and Continental GT, GTC and Flying Spur.
"We are very excited by the potential of a high performance, ultra-luxury Bentley SUV. We know that many Bentley customers already own SUVs, admiring their style, luxury, performance and versatility. With EXP 9 F, Bentley is making a clear statement of intent that we have both the expertise and desire to meet and exceed their expectations." Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors.
"EXP 9 F had to represent the absolute pinnacle of the sport utility sector, setting a new benchmark for this type of vehicle. The style had to reflect Bentley's sporting character despite its radically different package and purpose together with sculptured, flowing surfaces in keeping with the Bentley tradition."
The exterior of the EXP 9 F applies traditional Bentley styling cues like its matrix grille and round head lights to an SUV. The designers were inspired not only by the more functional nature of EXP 9 F but by the "visible engineering" of the famous Blower Bentleys. For example, the day-time running lamp apertures also act as the charge cooler air intakes for the twin-turbo W12 engine, each with a dramatic, mesh-covered turbine fan design and "rifled" inner surface finish.