Bentley abandoned the Porsche 911 rival in favor of EXP 9 F SUV Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 21, 2012

The design studios of Bentley have created a production-ready sports car that’s smaller and purer than the Continental GT. One of Wolfgang Durheimer’s first moves when he became Bentley CEO in February 2011 was to expand the range from its existing pair of platforms back then -- the Mulsanne and the Continental/Flying Spur.

The executives looked at numerous options, such as the high-end SUV that became the EXP 9 F Concept and a sports car. Durheimer told Motor Trend that there were two other options being considered but he declined to name those. He explained that designers were excited to build the sports car. He said that the model could still be seen outside of the office of Dirk van Braeckel, Bentley’s head of design.

He said that they later concluded that the SUV would be better since it would be better than all of its rivals. Building the sports car would have meant that it will go up against the Porsche 911 Turbo.

Durheimer would certainly know how formidable this opponent is since he had served as Porsche’s R&D chief until 2011. Nevertheless, he thinks that if ever Bentley decides to add to its range again, it’s possible that the next model would be a sports car.

Topics: bentley, suv, porsche 911

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