Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Bentley EXP 9 F

OK, don't be angry, but I'm afraid I have to admit to kind of liking the new Bentley SUV concept. It's one of the most polarising vehicles at Geneva 2012 (and by 'polarising', I mean 'universally loathed'), but I think it's pretty cool. I mean, obviously the whole luxury SUV area is hateful and ghastly, but people will continue to want to buy these things, so premium manufacturers would be dumb not to dive in. And if you're going to do it, you might as well do it properly. The EXP 9 F - as it's officially known - isn't production-ready, but it's pretty much the gist; it's longer and wider than a Range Rover, with a 592bhp twin-turbo 6.0 W12 happily thrumming away under the bonnet. It's got a cunning split tailgate stuffed with posh picnic paraphernalia, 23" turbine alloys with self-righting centre caps, air suspension, and acres of wood and leather. It's a Blue Train for the Bluetooth generation. Admit it, part of you likes it, no?

No? Oh. It's just me, then.


Jochen said...

It's actually the first Bentley I like.

Is it the same base as the Touareg, Cayenne and Q7?

David Barrett said...

Built for the Chinese plain and simple. I appreciate it even as you say the whole sector is deplorable but only the Chinese would have a) the dosh and b) lack of taste for that motor.