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The 200 MPH Club was once populated entirely by exotic sports cars. These days it has expanded to include convertibles, sedans and even station wagons. But an SUV? Unthinkable, what with their aerodynamic profile approaching that of a barn door. Bentley, however, is out to change that with its forthcoming new sport ute.

Not only is the British automaker aiming to make its first SUV fully capable off road, it's also engineering it to be one of the fastest on the road as well. According to emerging reports coming in from the UK, Bentley is streamlining the SUV's shape with a lower roofline and reprofiled rear end and fitting it with advanced underbody aerodynamic aids in order to compensate for its over-six-foot width and get it up to the magic 200-mph mark.

Reaching out to Bentley for comment, its communications office wouldn't divulge such performance targets: "The SUV is in the engineering development stage, so unfortunately it's too soon to discuss performance figures," we were told via email. "It will of course have all the power and performance that one would expect from a Bentley!" If the information proves correct, however, at that speed, it would be able to keep pace with the faster members of the Continental family, but leave the Mulsanne flagship sedan (which is already approaching the size of an SUV) and its 185-mph top speed in the dust – not to mention the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S that is quoted at "only" 175 mph.

Of course it'll take more than just clever aero to get the SUV up to those speeds, which makes us think that, while there has been talk of V8, diesel and even hybrid power, Bentley will, in the end, offer the vehicle with the most powerful version of its W12 engine as well. And when it does, it will fulfill Ettore Bugatti's suddenly prophetic characterization of Bentley as producing "the world's fastest lorries."

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Paraphrasing Dean Wormer: Fast, rich and ugly is no way to go through life, son.
      • 1 Year Ago
      To all the people making comments at 200mph, it's possible with enough power. Now, back to the point of this vehicle... This all a wealthy soccer-mom needs. A 200mph, 3mpg land missile to go over speed bumps with.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm pleased this thing can do 200mph, as long as it's driving away -- it hurts my eyes to look at.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This looks really, really tacky, even more so than an Escalade or Hummer. Nothing even remotely sophisticated about it. I suppose Bentley's main customers these days are the rapper/drug dealer type so perhaps it caters to their market.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will sell well in Dubai.
      • 1 Year Ago
      For Christos sake will you quit showing that damn set of pics; it's not going to look anything like that - k
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am into fast cars as the next guy!, My question is Why!!!??? Who needs that in an SUV!!???
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well i guess if you have the money for a bentley, you can afford new tires after the short 5 minute lifespan they have at 200mph.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bentley Zeppelin :DDD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another expensive box on 4 wheels. What has the automotive world come to?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ugly, ugly car. Where does anyone drive 200 mph? Bad incentive for some folks to "see what it can do".
        • 1 Year Ago
        Not even the autobahns.. I mean you could legally drive, but where will you ever get that type of clear road.. But that would mean speed limiting all the hyper and supercars of the world too.
      J.A. Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, that looks pretty awful -- a bloated Continental GT. Porsche did the same thing with the Cayenne. Instead of designing an SUV to be an SUV, they blew up a 911 like a balloon instead.
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