Bentley will present the updated EXP 9 F Concept within the next few months. It can be recalled that it got plenty of criticism when it debuted. However, Bentley also got some positive comments and decided to proceed with the design of the SUV concept albeit with major styling revisions. David Hilton, Bentley’s new head of exterior design, said that its appearance will be sleeker and that its front end is likely to be controversial.
So far, the SUV still hasn’t gotten approval to start production. According to Kevin Rose, member of the Bentley board in charge of sales and marketing, the automaker aims to introduce a new or updated model every couple of years. It’s quite surprising that the Flying Spur model would be moved away from the Continental GT line.
It will be a lineup of its own and so it won’t anymore carry the Continental name. It’s believed that the Flying Spur will be sportier, differentiating it from the Continental GT models. This means that more radical styling changes are to be expected for the next-generation Continental GT model. Hilton said that there will be bolder upgrades for the upcoming models.
A new design character has emerged for Bentley’s performance sedan. The new Bentley Flying Spur is elegantly styled, with a lower yet wider appearance and features sharp lines and gently curved surfaces. Giving it a more aggressive stance and powerfully dynamic profile are its lower roof line, deeply sculpted panels, precise feature lines and the muscular haunch at its rear.
An elegant Bentley “B” motif accentuates the Flying Spur’s striking new wing vent on its front fenders. It is also designed with a sharply defined edge formed by an additional feature line running from the front wheel and all the way to the back, to its rear bumper; an emphasizing the dynamic character of its shape.
Up front, the Flying Spur comes with a more upright chrome grille, sitting magnificently between a pair of jewel-like LED headlamps. Speaking of headlamps, its outer lamps are designed to be larger to emphasize the car’s lower and wider posture. The vertical divisions on the lower intake are now gone, replaced by a chromed horizontal accent beneath the front grille, completing the dramatic effect that the new Flying Spur intends to express.
Looking at its rear, the Flying Spur has a more “swept appearance” to its side profile – thanks to its longer and lower boot lid. A new interpretation of the Bentley “Horse Shoe” feature line runs around the full width of the car and encapsulates an elegant concave section of it. It is further complemented by the horizontal single ellipse LED tail lamps.