Bentley has marked its 100th birthday today by unveiling a new concept car that previews the British brand’s future design language.
Shaped from the inside out and taking advantage of an all-electric platform, the “EXP 100 GT” imagines what an ultra-luxurious Bentley GT could potentially look like in the year 2035.
Made from a mix of lightweight aluminium and carbon-fibre, the design study measures 5.8 metres long and almost 2.4 metres wide, and is further enhanced by decorative features crafted from copper and aluminium, which are claimed to evoke founder W.O Bentley’s choice of materials to create the alloy for his famous BR1 Aero engine piston.
The driver and passenger doors are two metres wide and pivot outwards and upwards for access. Fully open, they rise to a total of almost three metres.
Other key exterior details include an illuminated matrix grille and Flying B mascot that come to life as the driver approaches the car, light playing across the grille, through the mascot and along the bonnet central spine of the car and into the cabin itself.
At the rear, a ‘horseshoe’ section of the boot is a 3D-capable OLED screen on which lighting effects can blend in with the rear lamps.
On the inside, Bentley’s designers have taken things to another level, with natural materials such as wood, leather and glass seamlessly blended with lots of lighting technology; the latter including a glass roof embedded with prisms that collect light and transfer it into the interior using fibre optics.
Additional tech features include transparent OLED information displays in the doors, automatically darkening glass, and a front entertainment screen for displaying films, live video and other media when the car is in autonomous driving mode.
Underneath, the EXP 100 GT’s battery system powers four motors that offer a 0-60 mph time of less than 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph and maximum torque of 1106 lb-ft.
Bentley engineers claim future battery technology will offer five times the conventional energy density, and therefore charging the car to 80 per cent of capacity will take only 15 minutes.
Weight will remain at roughly 1,900 kg and a range of 435 miles will be possible, they further assert.
“The Bentley EXP 100 GT represents the kind of cars we want to make in the future. Like those iconic Bentleys of the past, this car connects with its passengers’ emotions and helps them experience and safeguard the memories of the really extraordinary journeys they take,” says Bentley design boss, Stefan Sielaff.
“Today, on our Centenary, we demonstrate our vision of the future of our Marque, with the Bentley EXP 100 GT – a modern and definitive Grand Tourer designed to demonstrate that the future of luxury mobility is as inspirational and aspirational as the last 100 years,” adds company chairman and CEO, Adrian Hallmark.