Bentley EXP 9F SUV drivetrain options revealed
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- 05:15 pm, April 25, 2012
Apart from customary 6.0-litre W12, Bentley is also considering a V6 plug-in hybrid for the new SUV.
Bentley’s controversial SUV, the EXP 9F which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March didn’t really receive much in the way of accolades. But despite that, the buzz surrounding this premium-SUV has been hard to miss. The luxury carmaker plans to put this car in production as soon as possible and has now revealed engines options that will power this SUV.
As expected the EXP 9F will be powered by their flagship 6-litre, W12 petrol engine with twin scroll turbochargers, that help pumps out around 600PS of power and over 800Nm of torque. A little more sensible (if you can call it that) option will be the direct injection 4-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 500PS and 650Nm of torque. Both these engines will come be mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
However, the most significant bit is the Bentley’s announcement from Beijing Auto Show that they are also working on V6 plug-in hybrid powertrain for the SUV. Very few details about the hybrid were divulged – it will have a full-electric range of 30km, emission of 130 g/km of CO2 and will accelerate from 0 to 100 in less than five seconds.
It is welcome change that manufacturers like Bentley are thinking about environment even considering hybrid, though we are still not sure if the hybrid version will be offered any time soon. One thing however is certain that the EXP 9F will also offer roaring performance like all other Bentleys.
First Published on 05:15 pm, April 25, 2012
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