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

 Bentley considered a new sports car, but chose a crossover instead
Bentley EXP 9 F SUV concept 05.03.2012 [5th Mar, 2012]

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 19, 2012 4:55 pm By Michael Gauthier
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Comments (16)

 milanpg milanpg
who and where designed this!! blind man, or in the dark room...or maybe both
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March 20, 2012 10:43 am
 sideskraper sideskraper
Once they get the styling sorted, this will be a gigantic seller.
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March 20, 2012 6:44 am
 mechamynd mechamynd
even a worst decision is better than indecision like this. wtf?
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March 20, 2012 3:34 am
 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!!!!!!!
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March 19, 2012 11:44 pm
 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.
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March 19, 2012 10:32 pm
 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.
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March 19, 2012 9:11 pm
 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
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March 19, 2012 7:55 pm
 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"
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March 19, 2012 6:26 pm
 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!
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March 19, 2012 5:26 pm