Bentley reveals powertrain details for the EXP 9 F Luxury SUV Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 23, 2012

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.

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