Ettore Bugatti (of world’s fastest car fame) once called Bentley’s racing cars, shown above, “the world’s fastest trucks.” A century later, the ghost of Bugatti may finally see his words to be prophetic as Bentley prepares to introduce its first-ever SUV.
Bentley assures that the SUV, which may debut at the Geneva Show this March, would have “legitimate off-road capability,” presumably to assuage the guilt of rich Kensingtonites wondering when fox hunting will make a comeback. Finally, no more of this ice racing silliness in Continental drop-tops! The Bentley SUV would feature the company’s earth-spinning W12 engine, and it would be built with the close involvement of corporate overlord Volkswagen and its capable Touareg/Audi Q7 underpinnings.
The company aims to distract 2,500 buyers per year from idly flipping through Porsche Cayenne brochures. And despite the calming reassurance that it would be the most expensive SUV on the market, the company still needs to make a business case to VW, and it won’t enter production until three years from now. Bentley presumably hopes the economy will recover by then, like Magrathea in The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy lying dormant until people can once again afford custom planets.
Better hurry up, Bentley. There are debutante balls to attend, rap videos to shoot, celebrity scandals to entangle. Dubai is waiting.
Source: Automotive News Europe