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Bentley purists have probably been tearing their hair out since we got our first glimpse of the EXP 9 F SUV Concept. "A Bentley SUV? " you could almost hear them saying, incredulous to the idea that an automaker actually wants to make money. Now, word is that the British brand might be jumping on the four-door-coupe bandwagon. The car, which would slot in below the Continental GT, and act as the new base model, would compete with the BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, according to Car.

Size-wise, Car thinks it'd be in line with the Continental GT, at just over 15.5 feet long. It'd wear a price tag of 125,000 to 150,000 euro, which converts to $168,650 to $202,380. In reality, the US-spec baby Bentley would need to retail for no more than $130,000 to $170,000 if it wanted to truly capture the M6, Porsche Panamera and CLS63 crowd. Speaking of that Porsche, Car thinks the Bentley will ride on the same platform.

As is pointed out, the question of which platform this new model will ride on is an important one. The two possibilities are the D5 architecture of the next Audi A8 or the MSB platform, which will underpin the next-generation Panamera. Expect a 3.0-liter V6 and a 4.0-liter V8, both of which will receive special outfittings for duty in the Bentley, when it arrives in 2018. What do you think? Is there room in the Bentley family for a car below the Continental GT V8, and if so, is a four-door coupe the right choice? Let us know down in Comments.


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      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear Autoblog, Please use some common sense in converting units. About 150,000 euros is not mean $202,380. That's like saying "see you tomorrow" means "see you in 86,400 seconds" or "go a couple miles and turn left" means "go 3.21869 kilometers and turn left." About 150,000 euros means about $200,000. Rounded numbers translate to other rounded numbers, without ridiculous false precision. I realize this may seem like a pedantic point, but when I see those kinds of careless conversions, it tells me that the writer really isn't thinking about what he or she is writing--just cranking out mindless copy. Thank you.
      Suzq044
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol.. it's not really a question. I'm just tired of the marketing telling you one thing and your common sense telling you another. It's a 4 door, it's a sedan. There is no COUPE with 4 doors. -_- frigging pulling a BMW with their not-quite-a-[blank] vehicles. lol
        • 1 Year Ago
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      kal_elkal
      • 1 Year Ago
      IF IT HAS FOUR DOORS, IT'S NOT A ******* COUPE!
        • 1 Year Ago
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      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      One word. Eugh...
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      nice to see a bentley in a non boring color. This green works.
      RedEmblem
      • 1 Year Ago
      >four-door >coupe wat
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      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bout time.
      libertedelacroix
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is Bentley stupid for playing into this 4-door-coupe marketing BS, or is the consumer stupid for buying it? These are the same people who do not give a **** about their $100k+ highly complex machine tasked with ferrying them around, but cross shop flat screen TVs to see which one has better specs/ is a better value. Pitiful. (My dad is one of those people btw- gives a ton of thought to basic house hold appliances, but is totally impulsive and uninformed when it comes to something as expensive as a car).
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      jarmstrong1010
      • 1 Year Ago
      OMG is it true? Kermit and Miss Piggy are really getting married? I suppose if you grew up in the 70's and are now very wealthy this would make sense, but I'm a little older than that and this frog green thing makes me want to puke. Painting this otherwise beautiful piece of machinery this God-Awful green is like saying Danika Patrick is a race car driver just because she can get into the race car. Bentley already has a four door version of this sheet-metal and I think they should leave well enough alone and fire the paint maker, or at least have is eyes and maybe head examined. This is just not a good color for a 21st century Luxury Automobile.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think they should base it on the Panamera platform. People buying a "4 door coupe" can sacrifice some space - that's what these vehicles are about, style and performance at the expense of space. And that's what makes these cars "coupes" (that, and frameless doors).
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