The Bentley EXP 100 GT concept is unveiled as the epitome of luxurious electric mobility of the future

10 July 2019, 14:44:50

The Bentley EXP 100 GT concept is unveiled as the epitome of luxurious electric mobility of the futureToday the Bentley brand celebrates its 100th birthday and to commemorate this day, it chose to introduce its first fully electric concept vehicle - the Bentley EXP 100 GT. Conceived as the "future of grand touring", the concept car "will inspire extraordinary human experiences through a perfect blend of technology and craftsmanship." The car reinvents luxury in the context of electric mobility.

The body is made from lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre with decorative features crafted from copper and aluminium. It is 5.8 metres long and almost 2.4 metres wide. It has a distinctive Bentley aura inheriting some of the company's DNA design elements such as the R-Type Continental haunch at the rear, the round headlights that overlap the grille and the long graceful body. The driver and passenger doors are two metres wide and pivot outwards and upwards.

It looks like the vehicle is thought out to be environmentally friendly to the smallest detail. The press release states that "The new exterior paint colour Compass is created using a special Colourstream pigment that reflects a beautiful spectrum of autumnal colours and is both sustainable and environmentally friendly. The pigment is synthetically made using rice husk ash, a harmful bi-product of the rice industry, remanufactured for the Bentley EXP 100 GT to reduce the amount that ends up in landfill waste."

The vehicle's interior features handcrafted materials that convey luxury yet are environmentally-conscious. It uses 5,000-year-old Copper Infused Riverwood; Compass exterior paint made from recycled rice husks; 100% organic leather-like textile from winemaking; Cumbrian crystal interfaces; British Farmed Wool carpets and embroidered cotton interior surfaces all create sustainable future luxury. Moreover, the Bentley EXP 100 GT has an innovative glass roof embedded with prisms that collect light and transfer it into the cabin using fibre optics.

The Bentley EXP 100 GT is a "fully-autonomous car that can be driven when one wishes to enjoy the thrill of driving." Among the special features of the vehicle are the Air Purification System, onboard AI-powered Bentley Personal Assistant and Adaptable Biometric Seating and three different configurations. In addition, biometrics are embedded throughout the Bentley EXP 100 GT to track eye and head movements, even blood pressure. The AI assistant delivers a highly personalised experience to the passenger based on five distinct modes with individual characteristics: Enhance, Cocoon, Capture, Re-Live and Customise. Interaction with the AI is made through hand gestures made to the front or rear Cumbria Crystal interfaces that intuitively interpret the commands.

The battery system will power four motors that offer a 0-100 km (0-60 mph) time of less than 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph) and maximum torque of 1,500 Nm. Evidently, Bentley relies on a "future battery technology" that will allow higher energy density, faster charging and will eventually provide up to 700 km (435 miles) of range. This will be greatly helped by the low weight of the car - 1,900 kg.

Adrian Hallmark, Bentley Chairman and CEO, said: "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. Bentley has, and will continue to enhance and enrich every single journey and the lives of every single person who travels in, or has the honour to be a part of creating our extraordinary products."

Stefan Sielaff, Director of Design said: "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."
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