This Rendering of the Bentley EXP8 Exposes What The Bentayga Should Have Been
Take the Mulliner Bacalar, fatten it up, and voila: a potential successor for the Bentaygaby Tudor Rus, on LISTEN 01:59
After dropping the Mulsanne from its lineup, it’s highly unlikely that Bentley is pondering to introduce a second SUV. In fact, why would it? The Bentayga is racking in big profit for Bentley and it will continue to do so for at least three or four years, as it was recently offered a mid-career revamp.
We also don’t know how much is Bentley planning to keep the Bentayga around but once the first-gen SUV is old enough in the tooth, it could be replaced by a Bacalar-inspired design.
When Bentley first showed the EXP 100 GT, the British carmaker called it the future of grand touring. Then we were stunned by the $2 million Mulliner Bacalar at what was supposed to be the 2020 Geneva Motor Show and now, we’ve got hard proof that the same design language would sit nicely on an SUV.
Visual artist Emre Husmen made his ’debut’ on TopSpeed with the Porsche 911X design study and since then, we’ve been following him closely. His latest work explores the possibilities for a would-be SUV from Bentley re-imagined with the same headlights as the Mulliner Bacalar and the EXP 100 GT’s overall design language.
On top of that, the concept - called EXP8 - actually looks like something Bentley might reveal in the coming decade, although we doubt the carmaker has such plans underway. Not for the near future, that is. Not since the Bentayga - available as a hybrid, with a V-8, or with a W-12 - sold in more than 20,000 examples worldwide since its inception and will expectedly continue to perform in the wake of its facelift.
Coming back to the SUV’s sales performance, 20,000+ cars sold in four years equals about 13.7 Bentaygas sold every day. So, regardless of what the Bentayga’s successor will look like, that’s one pair of big shoes to fill.
|Bentley Bentayga||Bentley Bentayga Speed|
|Type||4.0-litre, 32-valve, twin-turbocharged V8||6-litre twin-turbocharged W12 TSI|
|Max Power||542 HP @ 6,000 RPM||626 HP @ 5,250-6,000 RPM|
|Max Torque||568 LB-FT @ 1,960-4,500 RPM||664 LB-FT @ 1,250-4,500 RPM|
|Transmission||ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, permanent all-wheel drive with 40:60 front to rear torque split||ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox|
|Top speed||180 mph||190 mph|
|0-60 mph||4.4 secs||3.9 secs|
Source: Emre Husmen via Behance