A significant milestone like a centenary is an apt occasion to revisit your brand’s storied past and reminisce on its achievements. Bentley, which turns 100 this year, harked back to its past with recently revealed trilogy comprising the Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition by Mulliner, the Mulsanne W.O. Edition and the Continental GT Number 9 Edition. And it has also planned a year-long series of special activities and events across the world. But the Crewe carmaker also knows resting on laurels alone won’t help in clock another hundred years. So Bentley is looking toward the future with an all-electric, autonomous grand-tourer concept. Dubbed EXP 100 GT, the concept is the company’s vision of the future of luxury mobility and is positioned as a physical embodiment of the future Bentley brand.
Although dramatic and futuristic, the EXP 100 GT’s exterior is recognisably Bentley. It features an illuminated matrix grille, a Flying B mascot that comes to life as one approaches the car, and round headlights that overlap the grille in a nod to the famous Bentley Blower and a long graceful body that is a nod to famed models of the past.
“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 Stefan Sielaff, Director of Design at Bentley.
Made from lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre, the Bentley EXP 100 GT measures 5,800mm long and almost 2,400mm wide. The driver and passenger doors are two metres wide and pivot outwards and upwards. Fully open, they rise to almost three metres, which Bentley claims will add to the sense of occasion on arrival.
Keeping sustainability in mind, the concept’s exterior paint is made from recycled rice husks, while upholstery is from 100 per cent organic leather-like textile from wine making and embroidered cotton.
Intelligent, adaptable Biometric Seating can be configured in three different ways, depending on whether the owner is driving or using autonomous mode. Biometric sensors monitor temperature, passenger position and environmental conditions to deliver the ultimate in comfort, whatever the conditions. Biometrics are embedded throughout the Bentley EXP 100 GT to track eye and head movements, and even blood pressure.
But as you’d expect from Bentley, it’s not all about sustainability and zero emissions, as the EXP 100 GT promises to be as powerful and exciting as its conventional predecessors. Bentley says its Traction Drive will enable maximum control via torque vectoring, applying 50 per cent increased power and 35 per cent less mass for more effective cornering. The battery system will power four motors that offer a 0-100kph time of less than 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 300kph and maximum torque of 1,500 Nm. While weight will be kept down to a remarkably low 1,900kg, a range of 700km is also being touted.