The electric, autonomous Bentley EXP 100 GT Concept highlights the design & technology that will pass down to future Bentley production models.
Bentley is celebrating its 100th birthday in the way it knows best, by building an all-new luxo-barge. However, this new Grand Tourer, instead of highlighting the brand's past, is all about its future. Well, the car in question here is the all-new Bentley EXP 100 GT Concept, which the company claims is 'a perfect blend of performance, technology and craftsmanship.' Here's a look at how the EXP 100 GT aims to redefine the future of luxury mobility.
As evinced by the images, the EXP 100 GT follows an ultra-sleek design philosophy, a fact reinforced by the low roofline swooping all the way till the rear end. Look at it dead straight and the huge, illuminated matrix grille (made of nearly 6,000 LEDs) gives the EXP 100 GT an imposing front fascia. As you approach the car, the light travels from the headlights, through the grille and the 'Flying B' mascot all the way to the car's interior, creating an illusion of life. At the rear, a ‘horseshoe’ section of the boot is actually a 3D OLED screen on which, lighting effects can blend in with the rear lamps.
In terms of dimensions, the EXP 100 GT is 5.8 metres long, 2.4 metres wide & weighs about 1,900kg, despite featuring an aluminium and carbon-fibre body. The EXP 100 GT, as predicted, features an all-electric powertrain. Keeping in mind that the car represents the company's vision for the year 2035, it also features an AI-based Bentley Personal Assistant, which lets the passengers control the car via interactive voice commands and also takes care of the autonomous driving mode. Bentley claims that the battery technology, in the future, will be able to offer up to five times more energy density, which means that the EXP 100 GT can be charged up to 80 per cent in just 15 minutes!
The drivetrain itself is powered by Bentley's 'Next Generation Traction Drive', which features torque vectoring. The battery system will power four individual motors, which together, are capable of producing 1,500Nm of torque. Thanks to this, the EXP 100 GT can go from 0-100km/h in a matter of 2.5 seconds, continuing all the way up to 300kph. Despite such performance figures, Bentley claims the EXP 100 GT can still achieve a driving range of about 700km on a single charge.
Another highlight of the EXP 100 GT is the fact that it lives up to Bentley's 'sustainable future luxury' model. It gets a 'Compass' finish exterior paint made from recycled rice husks, organic leatherette materials for the interior, wool carpets and cotton-blend interior surfaces! What's more, 5,000-year-old Copper Infused Riverwood (wood from naturally fallen trees) is the only wood that's been used in the car's interior!
Other remarkable features built-in to the EXP 100 GT include Biometric Adaptive Seating, OLED displays, Active Aero Wheels & a Cumbria Crystal centre-piece which controls the AI-command centre.