Sustainable Grand Touring for the Future
Bentley Motors has unveiled its vision of the future of luxury mobility as part of the company’s centenary celebrations in 2019.
The fully-autonomous EXP 100 GT, according to Bentley, “sets the bench-mark for sustainable luxury mobility that is autonomous and electric… an intelligent car which captures extraordinary human journeys thanks to emotionally intelligent AI and allows them to be re-lived”.
Its key features include:
- A zero emissions powertrain with up to a 700-kilometre range, “putting sustainable innovation foremost“.
- Luxury craftsmanship “with seamless fusion of materials and intelligent curation of technology, and introducing light as a new luxury material “.
- Sustainable luxury created through the use of 5,000-year-old Copper Infused Riverwood; Compass exterior paint made from recycled rice husks; 100 per cent organic leather-like textile from wine making; Cumbrian crystal interfaces; British Farmed Wool carpets; and embroidered cotton interior surfaces.
- On-board Bentley Personal Assistant maximizing comfort by monitoring occupants’ well-being.
- Adaptable Biometric Seating and three different configurations.
The EXP 100 GT, says Bentley, “is borne from pure Bentley DNA and inspired by the company’s deep understanding of the desires of its intelligent, forward-thinking customers. Beautifully styled, it embraces Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a means to re-assert the car as a place for creating, experiencing and capturing extraordinary human experiences and emotions.”
With its all-electric platform, the Bentley EXP 100 GT was developed to reimagine the Grand Tourer for the world of 2035. “This is a world of shared luxury experiences where passenger and driver enjoy equal status in their enjoyment of their extraordinary journeys. The cars’ presence and impressive exterior proportions are reminiscent of many of Bentley’s historic Grand Tourers but take these luxury hallmarks into the future.”
To that end, the meticulously sculpted cabin is luxuriously tactile, with the aim of creating a harmonious environment designed around the well-being of passengers and seamlessly integrated with the Bentley Personal Assistant artificial intelligence.
“The Bentley EXP 100 GT,” says director of design Stefan Sielaff, “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.”
It incorporates the company’s classic DNA – the R-Type Continental haunch at the rear, the round headlights overlapping the grille in a nod to the Bentley Blower, “and a long graceful body hint at famous models of yesteryear” – while also powering boldly into the future. Made from lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre, the Bentley EXP 100 GT measures 5.8 metres long and almost
2.4 metres wide, with decorative features crafted from copper and aluminium, both natural sustainable materials.
The new exterior paint colour Compass is created using a special Colourstream pigment that reflects a spectrum of autumnal colours and is both sustainable and environmentally friendly. The pigment is synthetically made using rice husk ash, a harmful bi-product of the rice industry, re-manufactured for the Bentley EXP 100 GT “to reduce the amount that ends up in landfill waste”.
A focal point of the exterior lighting is the smart, illuminated matrix grille and Flying B mascot which comes to life as you approach the car, light playing across the grille, through the mascot and along the bonnet central spine of the car and into the cabin itself. “The car literally comes alive.”
Inside the hand-crafted cabin, the embroidery pattern of the sustainable textiles and leather complement the pattern of the grain in the naturally-felled wood veneer. “These traditional, tactile materials reconnect passengers with the authentic, natural world around them. “
The Bentley Personal Assistant is a centrepiece of the main console and visualised using illuminated crystal from Cumbria. Ambient lighting can also be modified to re-create a specific mood or exterior environment, while additional effects are delivered through projection mapping onto trim panels, such as door pads. The Bentley EXP 100 GT features air and sound curation that promotes self-care and well-being in the car, and “creates a physiological, health-enhancing environment for passengers, promoting increased mindfulness in the cabin. For example, Capture mode on Bentley Personal Assistant brings the external environment into the cabin, creating an open-top driving experience without taking the roof down. It also cocoons passengers – blocking and filtering air pollution in cities.”
Next Generation Traction Drive enables maximum control via torque vectoring, applying 50 per cent increased power and 35 per cent less mass for more effective cornering. The battery system will power four motors that offer zero to 100-kilometre acceleration of under 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 300 km/h and maximum torque of 1,500 Nm.
According to Bentley, future battery technology will offer five times the conventional energy density, and charging the Bentley EXP 100 GT to 80 per cent of capacity will take only 15 minutes. “Charging is automatically taken care of by the Bentley Personal Assistant. Weight will remain at a remarkably trim 1,900 kg and a range of 700 kilometres will be possible.”
The Bentley EXP 100 GT is optionally autonomous. “It manages the driving experience based on the external environment and passenger well-being. This might include maximising an exhilarating self-drive across mountain roads, or disengaging from a stressful, inner-city commute.” Bentley Personal Assistant can curate personal driving experiences, offering points of information along a route, journey suggestions, or available luxury experiences nearby.