Bentley has gone ahead and unveiled an extravagantly styled luxury coupe. Naturally, because it looks too good to be true, it is a concept car. Called the EXP 100 GT to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the marque’s founding, the car points to where the company and its cars might go.
And because it is a future-facing concept, it of course needs to be fully electric, eschewing the 6.0-litre W12 or 6.75-litre V8 engines of less civilised age. Despite the lack of need to scoop huge chunks of air to cool an internal combustion engine, the EXP 100 GT’s front end isn’t exactly designed to slice through the air.
The rest of the car, however, does seem to care far more deeply about aerodynamics and reducing drag over its 5.8 metre body. Weight is also a concern, though despite being made of carbon fibre and aluminium, still tips the scales at nearly 2 tonnes.
That heft could be directly attributable to the vast array of lithium ion batteries mounted along the car’s floor. Bentley does actually specify how much energy the car can store to power its multiple electric motors, but does estimate range to be around the vicinity of 700km on a single charge.
Power figures are massive, though unclear, with peak torque said to be over 1,500Nm and enough sheer force to fling the luxury barge to 100km/h in about 2.5 seconds (is that even possible?) and on to a top speed of 300km/h. That’s some machine, if only it were real.
The cabin, which is accessed via a pair of massive scissor doors, fits four adults and is cocoons occupants in a sea of pale, and not so pale, copper accents and wood trim with a minimal amount of switchgear and unnecessary interior accoutrements. It’s all very high end, very posh, very Bentley come the year 2050.
There is a steering wheel and a set of floor pedals, thankfully, though Bentley imagines the car operating autonomously most of the time with the destination and other particulars of the journey being communicated to the on-board artificial intelligence, the Bentley Personal Assistant.
Stefan Sielaff, Bentley's 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.”