Having named my second son after the Bentley marque, I found the Bentley EXP 9 Concept that bowed in Geneva to be intriguing. I didn’t necessarily name my son Bentley because I’m obsessed with the luxury brand, rather, it’s one of the few car names I could get my wife to agree on. Still, Bentley makes a fine piece of machinery – if not a bit overpriced.
Of course I only say that it’s overpriced because I could never possibly afford one, but to honest, the EXP 9 makes me want to try a bit harder. At first glance it is clearly a Bentley, with the signature grill and gaping round headlights that call back to the Arnage. From the front it looks a little like a Koala bear, a very robust koala bear. From the pictures it’s a little hard to tell, but the EXP 9 is massive, rolling on 23 inch wheels no less. I find the chiseled body lines extremely attractive and there is something about the EXP’s shape that urges me to get my butt to the gym and start pumping iron. The overall design is utterly masculine to say the least.
An SUV of this size is going to need some power under the hood to get it moving. No word on weather or not the EXP will ever be produced and if so what will be under the hood. The concept however housed the twin turbo W12, mated to an 8-speed automatic. If the EXP does make it into production, and I hope it will, there are a number of powertrain possibilities. Bentley cars are known for producing mind bending amounts of power while coddling their rocket propelled occupants in serene comfort. I wouldn’t expect the EXP to be any different, it’ll just be doing it in a much bigger way. Not to disappoint the average SUV owner, the EXP will be equipped with an off road mode as well. Although I can’t imagine many owners taking their $150,000 + SUV up the Uinta mountains. Love it or hate it, I find the Bentley EXP 9 to be a work of art and masterpieces don’t come cheap.
[Source: Motor Trend]