Cheers! Bentley W12 SUV Coming

November 28th, 2011

Bentley SUV concept

It’s last month’s news, but potential buyers like Mideast potentates, hedge-fund managers and NFL stars won’t care. The car of their dreams will be here in 2015: Bentley’s next-gen W12 in an SUV. In a few years after launch, there may well be a diesel V12.

Autocar, whose concept rendering you see above, tells us that the power plant will likely be derived from Audi’s 6-liter V12, and there is definitely a market, per CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer.

Two great quotes from Wolfie (same article):

1. “We will be first to use a 12-cylinder petrol engine in a luxury SUV. I like this idea; it makes clear whose car is the boss.”

2. “Absolutely thousands of premium SUVs have been sold—Cayennes, Range Rovers, Q7s and so on—but nobody has given those owners the chance to upgrade. We will.”

Well, thank you for that! Those deprived owners have been champing at the bit for years, just yearning for more goofy luxo options, power, weight and exclusivity. You can’t imagine how hard it is to overtake, let alone impress, one’s peers at a certain level.

Bentley SUV renederingInautonews offers this opinion:

The new Bentley SUV might be just that vehicle which will bury the Porsche Cayenne and besides the W12 petrol burner, a smaller 4.0 liter V8 could also make it into the lineup, along with the Audi-sourced V12 TDI.

We don’t think they know what they’re talking about regarding either the Cayenne or the V8, but who are we to say about the latter, since Bentley has released no further details. Its rendering (above right) of what the car might look like does look plausible, however.

Carscoop shows an ugly Q7-ish version that no self-respecting oil sheik would pay for, unless it was gold-plated. In justifying the Bentley, they also attribute Porsche’s 2002 introduction of the Cayenne as the move that saved the 911 and provided for its “continued existence and evolution.”

If you believe that, I have a nice, cheap W12 Continental GT I’d like to sell you.

Do cars like the proposed W12 SUV serve any practical purpose whatsoever?

—jgoods

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  1. Randy
    November 29th, 2011 at 07:57 | #1

    While I spend a lot of time ranting about bulging overpowered V8’s and V10’s, I just plain love V12’s, and yes, I’d like to have one, preferably wrapped up in a Ferrari.

    However, that Bentley looks like a cross between an angry blowfish and a Buick Enclave. Helping clueless rich people recycle cash into the economy is one thing, but a Buick SUV with a Bentley front end welded on seems a bit tacky. You’d think they could do something a bit over the top for a vehicle that will probably cost 1/4 million and add a built-in cash machine or something like that.

  2. Distiller
    November 28th, 2011 at 16:43 | #2

    Although completely impractical it sure does look fantastic. At least the picture at the top does. ( More curvaceous, and the rear window swoops upwards, rather than the second picture which is boxy and the windows curves downwards. )

  3. panayoti
    November 28th, 2011 at 15:10 | #3

    Only to massage monumental egos and equally monumental inferiority complexes.

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