Bentley Considering V-8, Hybrid Engines for EXP 9 F SUV
More Details Revealed on Potential Engines for Ultra-Lux SUV
Unveiled at last month's Geneva Motor Show amidst no shortage of controversy, Bentley revealed more details on potential powertrains for its EXP 9 F ultra-premium SUV. As announced in Geneva, a 600-hp twin-turbo W-12 is expected to be the flagship engine offering, but the brand said that the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 found in the Continental GT V8, as well as a V-6 hybrid are also "under consideration."
Specific details on the V-6 hybrid were scarce, but we would imagine it would be some derivative of the 3.0-liter supercharged engine that powers the Porsche Cayenne hybrid, and that also serves as the main engine in the Audi Q7 crossover. Bentley is claiming the hypothetical hybrid powertrain would have a potential 18-mile all-electric range, and still be capable of a 0-60 time of less than 5 seconds. Impressive numbers for what will likely be a near three-ton SUV.
Still to be determined is exactly what the EXP 9 F will look like when it goes into production. There was some expectation that a different styling treatment would be shown at Beijing, but it appears the concept shown was essentially the same as the model shown at Geneva.