Crapwagon Outtake: Bentley Already Made An SUV

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
crapwagon outtake bentley already made an suv

Our friends at have spyshots of the new Bentley SUV running around rather inconspicuously – a rather poetic notion, given that this thing is sure to be the face of vulgarity for the next decade. But contrary to many breathless reports on other sites, this is not Bentley’s first SUV.

In 1996, Bentley made 6 bespoke SUVs for the Royal Family of Brunei. Yes, you read that right. At a cost of nearly 3 million GBP each, Bentley used a Range Rover chassis as the basis for these (sort of) one-of-a-kind SUVs, dubbed the Dominator. Very little is known about them, aside from the bootlegged pics of the Dominator being loaded onto a plane for air freight to Brunei.

Similar to the bespoke Ferraris made for the Sultan, the Dominator doesn’t quite count as part of the annals of official Bentley history. But these cars were indeed made by Bentley, baring Bentley VIN numbers – and they weren’t the only ones. When you’re as wealthy as the Sultan, you can pay Bentley, Ferrari or any other OEM to build custom cars for you. Not just custom trim and color combos, but actual designs and road-going concept cars. And yes, he did ask for a series of Bentley wagons to be built. Sadly, none appear to be brown.

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  • MK MK on Jun 13, 2014

    Lol those things look mildly retarded! Lol, unreal. Literally looks like a child's toy drawing of an SUV, hah

  • Drewlssix Drewlssix on Jun 14, 2014

    "Sadly none arear to be brown". Little known fact! There was one brown wagon built, with a diesel and manual no less. But apparently after insisting for years that it was exactly the car he wanted when it was available the sultan simply failed to buy it. Nobody knows why :(

  • Probert There's something wrong with that chart. The 9 month numbers for Tesla, in the chart, are closer to Tesla's Q3 numbers. They delivered 343,830 cars in q3 and YoY it is a 40% increase. They sold 363,830 but deliveries were slowed at the end of the quarter - no cars in inventory. For the past 9 months the total sold is 929,910 . So very good performance considering a major shutdown for about a month in China (Covid, factory revamp). Not sure if the chart is also inaccurate for other makers.
  • ToolGuy "...overall length grew only fractionally, from 187.6” in 1994 to 198.7” in 1995."Something very wrong with that sentence. I believe you just overstated the length by 11 inches.
  • ToolGuy There is no level of markup on the Jeep Wrangler which would not be justified or would make it any less desirable [perfectly inelastic demand, i.e., 'I want one']. Source: My 21-year-old daughter.
  • ToolGuy Strong performance from Fiat.
  • Inside Looking Out GM is like America, it does the right thing only after trying everything else.  As General Motors goes, so goes America.