Bentley just cannot make up their mind on whether or not they want to put the EXP 9F SUV into production. They are reaching out to interested parties once again with a video, as if asking, “If we build it… will you come buy it?”
“Well, now that depends,” you say. “What’s it got to offer.”
The design of the exterior is uniquely inspired by the famous Blower Bentley’s, which if you’re under the age of 70, may not exactly ring a bell. These were the old 4 and ½ liter vehicles fitted with a roots supercharger. However, rather than the supercharger being built with the original plans, the chief engineer at the time refused. The supercharger ended up having to be retrofitted on the end of the crankshaft, in front of the radiator, which gave these cars a very recognizable appearance.
In 2012, this concept is still set off from the pack, featuring a “matrix” grill, and round headlamps. The original Blowers were quite competitive on the racetrack back in the day, and Bentley has worked to uphold that tradition with a twin-turbocharged 6-liter W-12, featuring a stout 600 horsepower, and axle bending 800 ft-lbs of torque. All this power is harnessed through an 8-speed transmission.
Not everybody needs 600 horsepower, so Bentley will also be offering a 4.0-liter V8, featuring 500 horsepower. A V-6 plug-in hybrid will round out the choices, offering 0-60 times in less than five seconds, and a range of 18 miles on just the battery, which isn’t too shabby for a hybrid.
Inside the retro theme continues with an upright dashboard with a wood veneer housing for the instrument cluster. Bentley tradition extends itself to several “bullseye” air vents, highlighted with a “rifled” gunmetal inner surface. The entire interior is designed from a balanced mix of soft-touch leather, silk wool, aluminum, and bronze.
The rear passengers will be treated to a plethora of modern accessories, including a full keyboard with Internet capability, and a high-quality “infotainment” screen. Powered footrests, cooling champagne compartment, and drink tables round out some of the traditional conveniences that can only come standard with a Bentley.
So, what do you think? Should they build it or not?