Bentley EXP 100 GT revealed

Darnell Taylor
July 11, 2019

The Bentley EXP 100 GT is a celebration of 100 years of Bentley Motors and a look towards the future and what's next?!

Any old vehicle 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.

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.

Where the EXP 100 GT really takes a step into the future in terms of enriching the onboard experience is via the Bentley Personal Assistant AI, represented by an illuminated hand-cut crystal sourced from Cumbria, England, and relying on a series of hand-gesture sensors as an interface.

Bentley is sketchy about the car's construction, claiming only that its comparatively low kerb weight results from a structure of "lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre".

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Inside, Bentley has set a new benchmark for luxury interiors, with wood, leather, and glass materials seamlessly blended with light from the innovative glass roof, which is embedded with prisms that collect light and transfer it into the cabin using fiber optics, enhancing the wellbeing of occupants.

Upon plunging through the EXP 100 GT's massive butterfly doors, the driver and three passengers succumb to the embrace of individual adaptable, biometric seats. It can information throughout its route, suggest luxurious destinations nearby, and even adjust the seat automatically based on the passenger's position. Biometrics are also employed here to track eye and head movements as well as blood pressure to further tailor the cabin environment. With modes available including Cocoon (opaque glass and noise cancellation activated), Re-Live (replaying previous driving experiences with smells to match), Enhance (emphasise the sights and sounds from outside) and more, the idea is to incorporate levels of AI. 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 EXP 100 GT represents the kinds of cars we want to make in the future. Its rear haunches, on the other hand, are reminiscent of the R-Type Continental produced from 1952 to 1955. A 3D OLED screen assists the thin wraparound taillights in conveying information through light. 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. Hiding under all that handsome bodywork is a 1,106 pound-feet battery-electric powertrain, which propels the EXP 100 GT to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 186 miles per hour. It has an electric powertrain dubbed "Next Generation Traction Drive" that uses four 204-340hp electric motors and an advanced torque vectoring system to distribute a combined output of between 811 and 1359hp to all four wheels, depending on spec.

By 2035, Bentley says the vehicle will use batteries with five times today's energy density, reaching an 80 percent charge in just 15 minutes. 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.

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