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by Brett Davis

According to Bentley boss Wolfgang Durheimer, the all-new upcoming Bentley SUV will be the world’s first petrol-powered 12-cylinder SUV.

As far as official goes, the claim may be the case. However, a Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG prototype has been spotted in Dubai recently, showcasing a 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12. Mercedes-Benz is yet to release official data on the new variant though.

If Bentley is quick enough, this could leave the door open for the first-ever petrol 12-cylinder SUV to go to Bentley. In a recent Autocar report, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said,

“Ninety-nine per cent of Bentley owners also own an SUV. I am absolutely sure the demand is there. 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.”

Official specifications and details of the new model are yet to be released. Reports speculate the SUV will feature a revised version of the current W12 engine which is used in the Bentley Continental GT. A diesel V12 variant, based on the Audi TDI V12, is also said to join the lineup down the track.

Speaking about on-sale dates, Durheimer could only hint such a schedule, saying,

“The production date will be dictated by the cyclicity of models. The Mulsanne came in 2010, then the Continental no more than a year later. The lifespan of a model is usually six to eight years, so the new model will be valuable when we are expecting a lull. The downswing is the time to introduce this SUV.”

This could mean an introduction in around 2015. We’ll keep you updated on official word.

  • PeterG

    Go close to being the Germans biggest act of revenge on the English.

    Wolfgang thought bubble….”Profit versus long term brand dilution…now let’s see …what’s my bonus based upon?”

  • theillestlife

    im not sure whether i like it or not lol. it looks good for a second then unusual for another.

    however im interested to see how it will sell as bentleys are usually placed above the likes of mercedes and bmw into the more glorified rolls royce and maybach section of ultra-luxury. but since rolls nor maybach have a 4wd, this would be creating a whole new playing field. if the price is set around the right ball park, bentley may be onto a winner!

    • c3vzn

      It’s not even real, just a photoshop.

      • theillestlife

        i know its not real… but what im trying to say is its hard to like it or hate it. it will most probably look similar to this anyway.

    • Monk

      Seems to be a Continental front photoshopped onto a Touareg back

      • Nick Dalziel

        This one isn’t a Touareg but I’ve seen plenty of versions that look like a Touareg at the back. This version looks more like an Audi Q5 at the back.

  • http://www.joinforces.com.au JoinForces.com.au

    According to our knowledge, the Lamborghini 4WD many years back was the first V12 SUV, despite the “SUV” acronym not having existed back in those days.


  • FrugalOne

    For mine Bentley [like RollsRoyce] was no longer Best Of British and lost its soul once owned by germans

    Just another tarted up Golf platform vulgar vehicle, sold to oil sheiks and ogliach russians with not a ounce of pedigree or breeding, they are a marriage made in heaven…vulgar x vulgar

  • Pete

    Umm VW sold a petrol powered W12 Toureg in the previous generation so this won’t be the first…

    Earlier there was the Lamborghini LM002 – also V12

    • 3D4

      You not right. It was a W12 and it was a diesel….

      • 3D4

        I mean the Touareg..

      • 3D4

        Oh no, got mixed up with v10..

        Yes there was a limited serie of 500 unit with W12 6.0..

  • WetnDry

    Looks like an over-weight A3.

  • Martin V.

    Brabus GLK V12?

  • FrugalOne

    “first-ever 12-cylinder SUV”

    So i take it you never heard of the Cheetah by Lamborghini, latter called LM Series

    YES IT WAS A V12


    • Joshua

      I’m sure their legal department will sort this one out…

      They are advertising the first 12 cylinder ‘SUV’ … I’m quite sure one could without doubt classify the LM as a 4WD, not an SUV.

      Therefore their statement would stand, albeit on an argument of technicalities.

      • Shak

        Audi Q7 V12 TDi

        • Howdog

          Read the article. They are talking petrol not diesel.

      • Bangel

        LM was the italian military tank disguised as a tractor , total rubbish .

  • Simon

    How big do they plan to make the fuel tank?

    • Dadar

      Big enough to get it to the next petrol station. Heheee… xD

  • Seymour Butts

    I like it

  • Buddy

    Audi Q7 V12 TDI….

    Range Rover is still the ultimate Luxury four wheel drive. End of story

    • Buddy

      yep… sorry about that.. i skipped over the petrol part

  • John

    Not a bad photoshop, but the Bentley B’s are upside down 😛

    Just like the Porsche, it’s not a looker.

  • http://www.uhbviuor.com geyser

    Old saying…. “nothing exceeds like excess”…………..

  • Dave

    Does the V12 TDI Audi Q7 not count?

    • Daniel

      No it doesn’t count. The Bently claims to be the first petrol V12 SUV, not diesel V12 SUV.

      • Daniel

        My mistake. Bentley, not Bently.