BENTLEY CONCEPT CARS
Exploring the future
Unveiled at a motor show to a dazzling salvo of camera flashes, concept cars offer a tantalising glimpse of future production models. Concepts give the design team the freedom to explore new directions – and enable Bentley to gauge the reaction of prospective customers worldwide.
Sometimes a concept car is a design study – a highly realistic, full-size clay model complete with ultra-realistic interior. But some concept cars are fully operational and can be driven on the road; engineers need to test out concepts too.
Bentley’s EXP cars
At Bentley, concept cars usually have the ‘EXP’ prefix – short for ‘experimental’. The first, EXP 1, was created in 1919 and became the Bentley 3 Litre. More recently, a concept Bentley called EXP 9F was unveiled in 2012 at the Geneva Salon de l’Auto. Bentayga, the world’s first luxury SUV, is a direct result; the global enthusiasm generated by the EXP 9F concept encouraged the Bentley board of directors to press ahead to production.