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Bentley celebrates 100th birthday with this massive EXP 100 GT Concept

11 July 2019

But rather than revisiting the past, the company is looking toward the future with the electric, autonomous EXP 100 GT concept.

Much about the Bentley EXP 100 GT is futuristic, to say the least.

Upon the reveal of the EXP 100 GT at Bentley's headquarters in Crewe, England, join me then to take a first look and check it out in detail as we can walkaround both the exterior and interior. Bentley doesn't see that changing in the self-driving future and continues to focus on evolving the ultra-premium experience to keep pace with changing technology and preferences. Not only does the glass roof let light cascade through, it uses a series of embedded prisms and optical fibers to redirect that light to specific areas of the cabin, offering a new way for passengers to "bask in sunlight". The driver and passenger doors are 2,0 metres wide and pivot outwards and upwards. It can information throughout its route, suggest luxurious destinations nearby, and even adjust the seat automatically based on the passenger's position. The sensors are scattered throughout the interior to track everything from eye movements to blood pressure so that the auto can customize settings to keep you comfortable. It features five modes: Enhance, Cacoon, Capture, Re-Live and Customize.

The EXP 100 GT takes interactivity well beyond what we know today: its systems will learn and eventually anticipate occupants' desires when factors such as light conditions, road surface or weather change. Underpinned by a new platform, the EXP 100 GT Concept is 94.4 inches wide and 228.3 inches long, which makes it longer than a standard-wheelbase Mulsanne.

Directly inspired by the R-Type Continental of the 1950s, the bulging rear haunches give the EXP the profile of a voracious predator about to leap savagely atop its prey, a look helped along by the forward-rushing character lines. An OLED 3D screen projects even more lighting effects over the taillights, too.

One of the main highlights is the illuminated matrix grille and the famous Flying B mascot, which lights up when you approach the auto. The paint uses a special pigment made from rice husk ash, a harmful byproduct of the rice industry, to open up a range of autumnal colors.

The EXP 100 GT's punchy powertrain pulls over 1,100 lb-ft (1,491 Nm) of torque out of four electric motors, promising potent acceleration and precise handling via advanced torque vectoring. The massive torque figure helps the 4,188-lb auto reach highway speeds in just 2.5 seconds, before pressing on to a quite respectable top speed of 295 km/h.

Its four electric motors, with a combined torque output of 1500Nm, get the Grand Tourer from 0-100km/h in under 2.5 seconds, while the batteries, which offer five times the conventional energy density, allow a driving range of up to 700km between charges. Its secret weapon, a so-called Bentley Personal Assistant, controllable from screens front and rear, aims to improve not just occupants' comfort by recording all manner of their preferences and configuring the auto to suit.

Bentley celebrates 100th birthday with this massive EXP 100 GT Concept