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  • Looks like: Bentley is upping its calorie count big time
  • Defining characteristics: It’s Bentley’s first SUV concept
  • Ridiculous features: Pop-up picnic area complete with awning, umbrella and, of course, a champagne bucket
  • Chances of being mass-produced: Likely, though its name will change

We’ve heard rumors of a Bentley SUV for a while now, and it looks like the automaker is still testing the waters, this time with the EXP 9 F Concept. The SUV looks like a portlier version of the Continental, especially up front, where it wears Bentley’s large traditional matrix grille. The concept’s design suggests the automaker was inspired by fighter jets, with large turbine-looking 23-inch wheels and taillights that resemble a jet engine.

Power comes from the Continental lineup’s twin-turbocharged 6.0 liter W-12 engine — making 600 horsepower in this application — and an eight-speed automatic transmission. If produced, Bentley says its new twin-turbo V-8, and even a hybrid powertrain, would also fit.

Read More: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/sns-bentley-exp-9-f-concept-at-the-2012-geneva-mo-20120306,0,4388772.story

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