On July 10, famed luxury automaker Bentley celebrated its 100th birthday. The Bentley EXP 100 GT was created to celebrate this milestone. With this concept model, Bentley reimagines the future of Grand Touring.
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The Bentley EXP 100 GT has been designed from the inside out. It places the occupants’ comfort and enjoyment at the core of its design. The meticulously sculpted cabin is tactile, helping to create an environment designed around the well-being of its passengers.
Sustainable innovation is also part of the experience. The car’s cabin is created from a collection of materials that includes 5 000-year-old Copper-infused Riverwood (a sustainable wood from naturally fallen trees that has been preserved for 5 000 years in peat bogs, lakes and rivers), exterior paint made from recycled rice husks, 100 per cent organic leather-like textile from winemaking, British-farmed wool carpets and embroidered cotton interior surfaces.
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 tailor the cabin for ideal comfort.
Bentley EXP 100 GT measures 5,8 metres long and almost 2,4 metres wide and boasts proportions that remind of GT cars from the company’s past. The driver and passenger doors are two metres wide and pivot outwards and upwards. Fully open, they rise to almost three metres high.
The EXP 100 GT is powered by an all-electric drivetrain. The battery system will power four motors that provide maximum torque of 1 500 N.m. Bentley says the EXP 100 GT offers a 0-100 km/h time of less than 2,5 seconds and a top speed of 300 km/h. Future battery technology will offer five times the conventional energy density. Charging the GT car to 80 percent of capacity will take only 15 minutes. On a full charge, a range of 700 km will be possible.
In his own words
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.”