Report: Bentley decided to go for SUV over Sports Car (w/ Poll)
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  • 2012 Geneva: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept
  • 2012 Geneva: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept
  • 2012 Geneva: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept
  • 2012 Geneva: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept
  • 2012 Geneva: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept
  • 2012 Geneva: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept
  • 2012 Geneva: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept
  • 2012 Geneva: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept
  • 2012 Geneva: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept
  • 2012 Geneva: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept
  • 2012 Geneva: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept
  • 2012 Geneva: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept
  • 2012 Geneva: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept
  • 2012 Geneva: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept
  • 2012 Geneva: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept

Bentley is looking to expand its range since Wolfgang Durheimer took up the CEO position with the ultra-luxury automaker back in February of last year.

Durheimer made it clear that it was his goal to add another model to the Bentley line up, and has come up with several options since he began at Bentley, all based on the Continental and Mulsanne platforms. A sports car was one of the top ideas, among other unnamed projects, that designers really wanted to get their hands on.

Check out our post on the Bentley EXP 9 F Concept from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The problem with the sports car model was competition, as Durheimer explains, “The sports car would have had the Porsche 911 Turbo as opposition.” As a former R&D chief with Porsche, his insight here is highly valuable. So, Bentley opted to go with the SUV, based on the EPX 9 F concept, as its first step into fresh territory. “In the end the SUV was a better idea. It sits above all its competition”.

While a Bentley sports car seems to be a good idea, and may still be a possibility for the future, the SUV may be the best pick for the automaker. It’s a great way to showcase the craftsmanship that Bentley stands for, where as performance is what’s at the heart of a sports car, although it would have been nice to see Bentley go much bigger with the SUV. Let us know what you think would have been the best selection.

- By: Alexandra Koken

Source: MotorTrend


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  • Cad4life

    build both, 1st suv, 2nd sport car

  • Desertwind

    The idea of a Bentley is odious, a word that was created just for this situation (according to Merriam-Webster the definition is: 
    deserving hatred or repugnance : hateful).
    They should build one ONLY when Rolls Royce builds one.
    Adding insult to injury, they also made it fugly to boot.
    All they needed to do was to re-create W.O.’s 8 litre monster sedan.
    What better way to de-value the brand yet further.

  • Desertwind

    Ooops, sorry, meant to start with  “The idea of a Bentley SUV is odious…”

  • Jacob Jones

    VW has enough sports cars in the company portfolio. There is a reason so many Range Rovers are bought, because there is not any that are more expensive or opulent to fill that niche. Bentley, Rolls, Maybach all make ultra-expensive sedans but no ultra-expensive SUVs? A sports car would have to ride well to keep with Bentley tradition; why not just borrow the McClaren sports car and make it actually look good?