Bentley Certain to Build SUV
It all started with a SUV which became their volume model, thanks to its blend of road performance and luxury. Bentley doesn’t really have a performance identity, but they do make very powerful luxury cars with all-wheel drive. So making a big SUV should be the next logical step.
When Bentley showed the EXP 9F Concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March, a lot of people objected to the strange styling. Even we said that it looked like Sid the sloth from Ice Age. But to be honest, it’s the best thing Bentley has to make more money.
Speaking at the Pebble beach Concours d’Elegance this weekend, Bentley officials said that SUV production is a “foregone conclusion”. This does not surprise us at all, since rumors have been circulating that their factory is being retooled during the summer shutdown.
The flagship model offers up a 6.0-litre W12 engine which develops 600bhp and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. The new 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo will also be available with 500 bhp, just like in the Continental GT, but there will also be a hybrid V6 system with 30 km (18 miles) of pure electric range.
Story via Autonews