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• Light, airy, contemporary cabin design with exquisite British ‘sporting’ luxury craft
• Contemporary use of touchscreen and tailored interface technologies
• Fresh interpretation of traditional handcraftedmaterials with highly durable surfaces
• High degree of practicality including versatile rear cabin layout and full-width, two-
piece tailgate
Bentley is renowned for its fusion of extremes – technology and craftsmanship, luxury
and performance – and the interior of EXP 9 F expresses the resolution of apparent
opposites in its use of materials, techniques and technology, as Dirk van Braeckel
“The challenge for the interior design team was to create a cabin which provides a
blend of luxury and utility. The result is a light and airy environment with a
commanding view of the road and a versatile layout which showcases Bentley’s craft
and design language in an innovative and contemporary way.”
Traditional handcrafted elements such as wood, leather and polished metals such as
aluminium, bronze and gunmetal are used to create a sense of British luxury, yet the
way they are used sets a fresh and contemporary interior ambience. Soft-touch leather
contrasts with highly durable surfaces with the concept car design experimenting with
the use of saddle leather for the seat backs, top roll and loadspace – while analogue
bezels and dials are paired with TFT ‘virtual’ instrumentation.
Even the luxurious silk wool floormats are reversible – with one side finished in
durable, ribbed saddle leather for use when the driver and passengers are dressed for
the great outdoors.
The upright dashboard design features a full-width, one-piece wood veneer with a
subtly negative surface and instruments with a configurable display. Traditional
Bentley ‘bulls eye’ vents have a ‘rifled’ gunmetal inner surface for a more
contemporary and functional appearance. The centre console is a blend of
functionality and supreme ergonomics with dynamic, architectural layers which help
to create a central spine to the cabin. The frame of the console is also a structural
component with integrated, sculpted grab handles.
The flowing roof design with a panoramic glass panel is inspired by the roll cages of
rally cars, expressing both strength and lightness.
Rear seat passengers can chose btween business mode, with generous legroom
complete with fold-down keyboard and full internet connectivity via an iPad or tablet
or a more reclined position with powered footrest, drinks table and an infotainment
screen for movies. When the rear seats are not in use, they can be powered forward
to create a larger loadspace for sports equipment or luggage.
The EXP 9 F seating is 4+1, with a rear armrest lifting to reveal a cooled compartment
for champagne and glasses. Seats feature a diamond-quilted ‘shoulder line’ in soft-
touch leather, echoing the traditional appearance of a British field sport jacket.
At the rear, the lower section of the two-piece tailgate may be used as a viewing bench
or picnic table. Bespoke picnic hampers are stowed neatly to either side of the
loadspace when not in use, but are located on rails for easy access. An awning extends
over the tailgate to protect those seated there; two umbrellas fit either side of the rear
luggage area for when the rain clouds sweep in.
Inspired blend of traditional analogue and TFT touchscreen technology
Bespoke interface engineering – tailored to the individual with driver-selectable
instrumentation modes
As befits a Bentley, the EXP 9 F design concept features a near-infinite choice of driver
information and entertainment options. However the design and electrical
engineering teams sought to avoid creating a cluttered or confusing driver and
passenger environment, presenting only the information that each user needs, when
they need it.