On the day of the 100th anniversary of its founding, Bentley celebrated in style with the unveiling of the EXP 100 GT — an autonomous, electric concept to define the company’s vision of the future of luxury Grand Touring (pegged at 2035).
“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, Bentley Chairman and CEO. “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.”
The car’s exterior presentation and proportions are in keeping with the marque’s history (especially around the R-Type Continental rear haunch, and the round headlights overlapping the grille). On the driver’s approach, LED light plays along the matrix grille, Flying B ornament and the hood’s centre spine into the cabin, making the car seem to come alive. The rear fascia is 3D organic LED, allowing light to interplay with the taillamps.
Bentley says the fully-autonomous aluminum and carbon fibre EXP 100 GT can be driven whenever the driver wishes to enjoy the thrill of driving. Otherwise, the driver can just enjoy the ride, with the ability to capture the journey through Artificial Intelligence so it can be relived again and again, as desired.
“The Bentley EXP 100 GT represents the kind of cars we want to make in the future,” said Stefan Sielaff, Bentley’s Director of Design. “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.”
And it’s heavy on sustainability, thanks to exterior paint that is made from recycled rice husks, organic leather-like textile interior from winemaking, Cumbrian crystal interfaces and copper-infused Riverwood, and British farmed wool carpets and embroidered cotton surfaces. However, the interior is also meticulously sculpted to create a harmonious environment with the occupants’ well-being the main intent.
A unique glass roof imbedded with prisms collects light and uses it for ambience, along with synthesized light, and other environmental content, such as sounds, smells and air quality, is also harvested and filtered into the cabin to provide the feeling of open-air motoring. The glass areas can also turn opaque for cabin privacy and an air-purification system can block air-pollution or allergens.
Bentley’s Personal Assistant also monitors occupants’ well being along the way to ensure their continued comfort in the adaptable biometric seats (measuring temperature, seating position and environmental conditions), with three different configurations. Further biometrics can measure blood pressure, and track eye and head movements.
The Bentley EXP 100 GT uses four motors that offer a 0-100 km time of less than 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 300 km/h and maximum torque of 1,106 lb-ft of torque. The batteries offer a range of 700 km and can be charged to 80% in just 15 minutes.