Bentley revealed today the powertrain details for the EXP 9 F Luxury SUV Concept at the Auto China 2012. As expected, the car uses the Bentley 6.0 litre, twin-turbocharged W12 petrol engine delivering 600 hp (just like the Eterniti Artemis) and 800 Nm of torque. Moreover, the engine is bolted to an 8-speed close-ratio transmission.
What is more interesting is that other powertrain options are under considerations and this includes Bentley’s new 4.0 litre petrol V8 delivering 500 hp but also a V6 plug-in hybrid. According to Bentley, the V6 plug-in hybrid could offer a 30km range in full electric mode and CO2 emissions of 130g/km but also some impressive performances, such as a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 5 seconds.
The design of the vehicle remained the same from its debut in Geneva, and if in March we didn’t like it too much, we can say that we love it now, as the car is a true luxury SUV featuring the same profile as the Range Rover Vogue.
The EXP 9 F Concept features 23-inch alloy wheels, as well as day-time running lamp apertures that act as the charge cooler air intakes for the twin-turbo W12 engine. The rear end features stylish taillamps that are inspired by the forms and details of fighter jet engines.
The interior redefines the luxury term and features everything you need in a luxury SUV. Even the luxurious silk wool floormats are reversible, as they offer ribbed saddle leather for use when the driver and passengers are dressed for the great outdoors. The flowing roof design with a panoramic glass panel is inspired by the roll cages of rally cars, expressing both strength and lightness. The innovative, four-zone electro-chromatic ‘sunroof’ allows individual passengers to select their preferred level of light screening.
From a design aspect, the EXP 9 F project was a vision, allowing for a completely new Bentley to be created. From the start, the designers team had a precise image for the new Bentley SUV.
This new Bentley class allowed the design team to use more liberal styling. The strong, dynamic exterior combines clean, well-developed surfaces with classic character lines that retain the true Bentley luxury and strength.
The EXP 9 F reinterpreted key Bentley designs in the matrix grille and round lamps as well as with muscular lines and haunch along each flank. The design ethos of being built solid with detail innovations made this high-luxury SUV’s vigorous character possible.
The design inspiration came not only from the EXP 9 F’s better functions but also from the renowned Blower Bentley 'visible engineering'. This includes the day running lamp apertures acting as charge cooler air intakes for the twin-turbo W12 engine through a striking, mesh-covered turbine fan and 'rifled' inner surface.
Carrying on the turbine are spectacular 23-inch alloy wheels designed to complement the sculpted coachwork. The multiple spokes remind one of turbine fan blade shapes, the centre-mounted wheel nut refers visually to Bentley's 1920 Le Mans racers that had a centre-lock spinner and to the single nut in the modern Speed 8's advanced racing alloys.
The swept tailgate lines at the rear avoid appearing too “no-frills” with a distinct sporty profile, while the ultra-wide, two-part split tailgate is highly versatile for grand tours. The strong EXP 9 F’s style is enhanced with twin exhaust tailpipes that are 'rifled' inside, and their elliptical forms echo the rear light clusters.