Bentley EXP 9 F Concept offers luxurious tailgating experience

Article by Anita Panait, on March 15, 2012

Tailgating could not be more luxurious than doing it at the back of a Bentley vehicle. Yes, Bentley’s newest luxury sports utility vehicle concept, the Bentley EXP 9 F concept offers a tailgating experience that’s extremely luxurious. 

The company unveiled the Bentley EXP 9 F (F stands for Falcon) at the Geneva Auto Show this week, hoping that it would catch attention from luxury consumers who have a penchant for tailgating. The Bentley EXP 9 F concept boasts of a two-piece tailgate, which of course can be experienced when the car is not running. The tailgate features a "viewing bench" or "picnic table."

A customer could place his tailgating utensils and wares at the SUV concept’s trunk, which features wood-woven "picnic hampers." The sides of the rear luggage area are large enough to carry large umbrellas for rainy tailgate parties, says Autonews. 

Not only that, the interior is spacious but also luxurious, typical of a Bentley. Where else can you find reversible silk-wool floor mats? Only in a Bentley. If the concept becomes a production model, it could become one of the fastest and most expensive SUVs on the market. For the record, the concept is Bentley’s first SUV ever.

Bentley EXP 9 F continues to have the cues the brand is known for. These include the strong power line, round lamps, haunch on each side, and the matrix grille. What is different though is that for this latest offering, all of these have been reinterpreted. The tough character of this model is highlighted by the innovative detailing and the design language called as hewn from solid.

This is because in developing this luxury SUV, the design team not only focused on the functional quality of this model but also worked intensely on the visible engineering from the highly acclaimed Blower Bentleys. Take for example the apertures of the daytime running lamp. It not only holds the lamp but also helps the air intakes cool the W12 twin-turbo engine.

Further, each of the aperture has the turbine mesh-covered design and sports an inner surface rifled finish. The turbine motif can also be observed on the alloy 23-inch wheels. Additionally, this design is able to complement the model’s sculptured coachwork. Its multiple spokes for example, bring to mind how the fan blades of turbines are shaped.

Then there is also the wheel nut which has been centrally mounted and serves as a throwback to the brand’s Le Mans racers during the 1920s and their center-lock spinner. This also serves as a visual reference to the high-tech racing alloys of the modern Speed 8. On the rear section, the swooping lines seen in the tailgate give it a more unique athletic look rather than utilitarian overtones.

Its tailgate is not only wide but comes with a two-part split and delivers excellent versatility especially when grand touring. The rear end also reveals the twin exhaust tailpipes and its rifled inner surfaces.

What makes this feature all the more excellent is that it manages to complement the model’s already strong design language. Further, by having an ellipses shape, it mirrors the light clusters in the rear. When talking about the EXP 9 F, the design team who worked on this project revealed that it was a dream come true. This is because it presented an opportunity to make an entirely new Bentley.

However, the design team also shared that from the start, they already had an idea of how this SUV would proceed. Director of Design Dirk van Braeckel says that since this is a new Bentley, it gave the team that ability to use a more progressive approach when it came to design.

Explaining further, van Braeckel added that the EXP 9 F has the signature character lines combined with the muscular surfaces, resulting in the exterior having a more dynamic statement. Even with all of these, he continued, the new model continues to have the power and luxury that Bentley is known for.

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