Bentley EXP 100 GT Concept Previews Electric Future for the Brand


Bentley celebrates its 100th birthday today by announcing the stunning new EXP 100 GT concept.

Any old auto can get you to and from work, but those who spend six figures on a Bentley expect something more, a rich in-car experience that inspires a little rush every time the driver door unlocks. "Compass" is the name given to the EXP 100 GT's exterior colour, created using a special pigment that is synthetically made using rice husk ash (a harmful by-product) remanufactured for use on the EXP 100 GT, to reduce the amount that goes to landfills. It boasts artificial intelligence in the form of the Bentley Personal Assistant.

Bentley added cool themes to the change up the interior's atmosphere.

This sustainable mindset extends to the car's structure and drivetrain. Reactive seat surfaces respond to passenger position while driving, and automatically offer improved support where necessary, says Bentley. The vehicle also harvests light through its innovative glass roof that's embedded with prisms, which collect light and transfer it into the cabin using fibre optics. In fact, biometric sensors are fitted throughout the auto and can also track eye and head movements as well as blood pressure. The system offers a series of five drive modes, starting with an "enhance" mode that floods the cabin with light, air, smells and sounds from the immediate outdoor environment, delivering a more convertible-like grand touring experience.

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The EXP 100 GT represents the kinds of cars we want to make in the future. "Relive" mode lets passengers play that personalized footage back, and "customize" mode rounds things off by allowing occupants to handpick their own mix of features from the four other modes. There's even a delivery system to fetch things from the front storage trunk and an AI-powered luxury service system that connects to outside service providers. The round lights overlap the extremely ornate and prominent grille - which, like the "Flying B" bonnet motif, lights up when the driver approaches - are said to be a nod to the famous "Blower" Bentley of the 1920s. Meanwhile at the rear, a horseshoe section of the boot is comprised of a three-dimensional OLED screen where lighting effects blend in with the car's rear lamps. The body is made from lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber, helping it hit 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 2.5 seconds and topping out at 186 miles per hour. The range is claimed at 435 miles even though the GT's overall mass is tipped to fall to 1900kg - around 35% lighter than a vehicle with similar capabilities would weigh today.

Occupants can interact with the AI assistant either through hand gestures or the front and rear Cumbria Crystal interfaces.

Further elements which tailor the occupants' feel for the journey include active aero wheels which dynamically adjust to deliver efficiency or a performance-biased feel, while intelligent Pirelli tyres adapt their contact patches based on weather conditions or driver demand.