What does the future hold for Bentley? With a 100-year heritage of building luxurious performance coupes, sedans, grand tourers and most recently SUVs, Bentley Motors is about to dabble into something that could change the future of Bentley vehicles.
With the advent of electrification and highly-advanced artificial intelligence making their way into automobiles, Bentley is looking to make their next-generation of vehicles run on zero emissions while also packed with the latest technology available.
To celebrate the company's centenary as well as embrace the future of luxury and grand touring, Bentley recently unveiled the sleek and sophisticated EXP 100 GT. The new concept reimagines the GT car for the world of 2035. It borrows styling cues from Bentleys of the past while also featuring futuristic elements from the new millenia.
“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,” said Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and CEO of Bentley.
Featuring a sleek and muscular exterior, the EXP GT 100 features the hallmark designs of old and current Bentleys. It sticks to the traditional 'long hood, short deck design' as typical GTs but it comes with uniquely designed front and rear fascias. The former is derivative of the Continental GT and Flying Spur's design while the latter is unlike Bentley has ever penned. As an added touch, the concept also comes with gullwing-style doors which gives it a pillar-less look at the center.
Inside, the EXP GT 100 has a minimalist yet high-tech interior that is capable of seating four thanks to individually-designed seats. With its lounge-like cabin, the concept has an airy look and feel which is further highlighted by the large glass panels. Exquisite materials such as wood veneer, high-grade leather, metal finishes, and intricate glass pieces further bring the EXP GT 100's cabin
But perhaps the centerpiece of the EXP GT 100 is the Bentley Personal Assistant. Displayed via the main console with illuminated crystal, the advanced A.I. system can automatically set the occupants' preferred settings and acts as the car's personal butler. It has a total of five settings that includes; Enhance, Cocoon, Capture, Re-Live and Customize.
Enhance essentially 'opens-up' the car to the outside environment and lets light, sound, and even smells to permeate the cabin. Cocoon, on the other hand, creates a protective space via air purification and glass panels that turn opaque for cabin privacy. As for the last two modes; Capture and Re-Live allows users to record and replay the highlights of one's grand tour from both inside and outside the vehicle.
As mentioned earlier, this concept does not have an internal combustion engine. Instead it gets its power from electricity via four electric motors and a battery pack. Bentley did not go into details but they did say it features the Next Generation Traction Drive powertrain.
No horsepower figures were mentioned as well but Bentley did say it has 1,500 Nm of torque which allows it to sprint from 0 – 100 m/h in less than 2.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 300 km/h. Moreover, Bentley also mentioned that it has a maximum range of 700 km and its batteries can easily be recharged to 80% in 15 minutes via a fast charging system.
With the EXP GT 100 showing what could the future of grand tourers hold, perhaps all Bentleys of the future will be as high-tech and alluring like their new concept.