In a live stream event held as part of the company’s 100th birthday celebration, Bentley unveiled the all-electric EXP 100 GT. The electric car has plenty to celebrate in addition to the 100-year history leading up to it.
The EXP 100 GT boasts four motors that have torque vectoring, which allows the car to take full advantage of the 1100 lb-ft of peak torque. With a 0 to 60 speed of 2.5 seconds, the EXP tops out at 186 miles per hour. Bentley claims that the car has a 435 miles range thanks to the batteries that are reportedly five times more energy-dense than any other battery on the market.
Even with that extra density, the batteries can be charged to 80 per cent in just 15 minutes.
The car measures 19 feet in length and 7.8 feet in width, yet it still weighs only 4,188 pounds (to put that in perspective that over 800 pounds less than the 5,000-pound Continental GT). That lower weight comes in part thanks to the aluminium and carbon fibre bodywork. The new Bentley also features Active Aero Wheels and a spiced-up grille that features a lattice-work design but still maintains that familiar Bentley shape.
It’s not just the car’s electrification that points to the future, but also its artificial intelligence. Located in the car’s centre console, the AI personal assistant controls the five autonomous driving modes. These five modes allow passengers to sit back in the literal definition of luxury. The entire cabin is covered in a mix of leather and reclaimed wood.
Copper inlays provide accents, and wool is also used for enhanced comfort.
Bentley’s director of design, Stefan Sielaff, stated, “The EXP 100 GT represents the kinds 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.” Though the EXP is just a concept as of right now, if it’s any indication of where the future is leading, then it will be the start of another century of success for Bentley.