Presenting Bentley's Most Daring Concept Ever: The EXP 100 GT

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Presenting Bentley's Most Daring Concept Ever: The EXP 100 GT

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

As it is with most cars in the Bentley stable, the real show is on the inside.

In the centre of the cabin is the Bentley Personal Assistant, an illuminated crystal sourced from Cumbria, England.

Bentley says future battery technology will offer five times the conventional energy density, so charging the EXP 100 GT to 80 percent will take a mere 15 minutes.

The Crewe-based firm says the EXP 100 GT concept will "enhance the owner's Grand Touring experience, whether driving or being driven autonomously".

Sustainable yet luxurious materials can be found throughout, including 5,000-year-old copper-infused riverwood, recycled rice husks in the exterior paint, British farmed wool carpets, and embroidered cotton surfaces, among other unique components. The svelte, sloping roofline (inspired in part by the iconic R-Type Continental) extends seamlessly into the rear valance, copper and silver accents cover the window surrounds, windscreen, and portions of the thick-spoked "Active Aero" wheels, and the silver roof offsets Bentley's stunning new "Compass" finish. The driver and passenger doors are 2,0 metres wide and pivot outwards and upwards. 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. These seats monitor passenger position and driving conditions, automatically adjusting and reconfiguring for optimized comfort and support.

If and when EXP 100 GT passengers are able pry themselves out of their ultra-cozy pampered cocoon, they'll remember what a gorgeous vehicle they've been in. 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. "Enhance" draws input from the outside, "Cocoon" envelops driver and passenger in purified air and opaque glass, "Re-Live" replays highlights of past journeys, and "Customise" combines all four, but is interchangeable based on passenger input.

The car's front end features an illuminated matrix grille which responds when a person approaches the auto, where light plays across the grille, through the mascot and along the bonnet's central spine, then into the car's cabin. 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 vehicle to suit. 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. It has an electric powertrain dubbed Next Generation Traction Drive that uses four 201-335bhp electric motors and an advanced torque vectoring system to distribute a combined output of between 800 and 1340bhp to all four wheels, depending on spec.

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