Bentley considered a new sports car, but chose a crossover instead

Bentley EXP 9 F SUV concept
Bentley EXP 9 F SUV concept

Would have competed with the Porsche 911 Turbo

The Bentley EXP 9 F concept was one of the biggest disappointments at the Geneva Motor Show, but apparently the bad news doesn't stop with the car's styling.

Motor Trend is reporting the crossover was chosen over a sports car and two other undisclosed models. Little is known about the sports car, but it was production-feasible and smaller than the Continental GT.

According to Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer, "In the end, the SUV was a better idea. It sits above all its competition. The sports car would have had the Porsche 911 Turbo as opposition."

Source: Motor Trend
Published Mar 19th, 2012 11:55pm By Michael Gauthier
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milanpg milanpg
who and where designed this!! blind man, or in the dark room...or maybe both
Mar 20th, 2012 5:43pm
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s2k_turbo s2k_turbo
I agree styling is a disaster.
Mar 20th, 2012 6:06pm
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sideskraper sideskraper
Once they get the styling sorted, this will be a gigantic seller.
Mar 20th, 2012 1:44pm
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mechamynd mechamynd
even a worst decision is better than indecision like this. wtf?
Mar 20th, 2012 10:34am
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nporet nporet
the inside is OK but I just cannot believe that anyone at Bentley approved that ugly thing to be shown to the public. the team who designed that deserves to be fired!!!!!!!
Mar 20th, 2012 6:44am
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air_cooled air_cooled
The funny thing is I don't thnk he was afraid of fellow VAG sales cannibalization if a sports a car was conceived. He simply knew no one can top the 911 turbo.
Mar 20th, 2012 5:32am
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ebarsy ebarsy
Clearly I am one of the only people in the world who has this opinion at this point. I don't think the concept looked bad. I mean sure I wouldn't have chose those wheels, but the actual SUV itself I quite liked.
Mar 20th, 2012 4:11am
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Shotokan6 Shotokan6
I agree. I really don;t think it looks bad at all.
Mar 21st, 2012 11:38pm
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ebarsy ebarsy
Thank you, I mean even if you don't like it, it's not hideous like you would think from all these comments from everybody, If I just read the comments without seeing pictures I would be expecting to see something that looked like a Pontiac Aztec, mixed with a Ford Aerostar or something.
Mar 22nd, 2012 3:38pm
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Shotokan6 Shotokan6
I agree. I really don't think it looks bad at all.
Mar 21st, 2012 11:38pm
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Prestige15 Prestige15
So bentley says no on making a sports car that would slot under the continental GT models which in my mind would be bentley's biggest seller and make this big block of lancaster cheese on wheels insted, this is like ferddie & jason the film, pure horror
Mar 20th, 2012 2:55am
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adz911 adz911
lancaster cheese y'know!!!! LOL
Mar 20th, 2012 3:05am
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schizo schizo
Agree with you..a sportscar slotted below the Conti GT would've been their BIGGEST seller. BIG FAT PERIOD. I guess they don't want to steal sales away from their fellow VW brand marque...but want to takes sales away from Range Rover.
Mar 20th, 2012 4:33am
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Prestige15 Prestige15
Thats not going to happend, If you ignor the image and the performance of the RR, then the RR will still be a far better all rounder then the bentley. The next Range Rover will be around 450kg lighter thn today's car and will take some of the styling from the evoque however you spell it and their latest off-road technology, Even their most expencive RR will could around 100k that will prove better vaule, as i said on other Bentley's SUV blogs, Range Rover wont be worried with this
Mar 20th, 2012 2:12pm
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jai_mav jai_mav
Translation: "we wanted to make a sports car, but realized that it would get dominated by the 911 turbo. So we made an SUV instead. Oh crap...now it's just going to get dominated by the cayenne instead. Maybe we should stick to gigantic limos and the conti GT"
Mar 20th, 2012 1:26am
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adz911 adz911
Wow, so in essence he made a decision to ruin the company by authorising a concept that made the majority of Bentley customers and the rest of the world for that matter, gouge their eyes out. I think the sports car would've been a better idea by far than this monstrosity. Hey, Mr Durheimer, every heard the phrase "It's lonely at the top?" That's exactly what this car will be if it ever makes production, because no one with the gift of sight will buy it!
Mar 20th, 2012 12:26am
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