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July 11, 2019

The Bentley EXP 100 GT is the Future of Luxury Grand Touring

In time for their centenary celebration, Bentley shows off the future of luxury grand touring with the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept. Though purely a concept car at this point, the EXP 100 GT shows luxury that’s sustainable, autonomous, and electric.

The most obvious difference to how Bentley is looking at its future is that automobiles will never be reduced to mere mobility tools. With that, the EXP 100 GT aims to enhance the owner’s grand touring experience while still having full autonomous driving capabilities.

Looking at the world of 2035, the Bentley EXP 100 GT features the finest materials that, together with the handcrafted cabin, aims to uplift the passengers’ physical and emotional well-being. It uses an innovative glass roof embedded with prisms to harvest light and transfer it into the cabin via fiber optics. Then, it has adaptable biometric seating that senses passenger position, body temperature, and environmental conditions to deliver the ultimate in comfort. Onboard biometrics also tracks eye and head movements, and even blood pressure of its occupants to ensure the highest form of well-being.

The centerpiece though is the Bentley Personal Assistant AI. Using a Cumbria Crystal, it interprets hand gestures for various commands. The entire cabin can also be personalized into one of five modes: Enhance, Cocoon, Capture, Re-Live, and Customise. For instance, Capture brings the external environment into the cabin, creating an open-top experience without taking the roof down.

Moreover, the car features environmentally-conscious and ethical materials such as Copper Infused Riverwood (made from naturally fallen trees) and even a leather-like seating material that’s derived from the by-products of wine-making.

Under the EXP 100 GT is Bentley’s landmark battery electric powertrain that goes from 0-100 km/h in less than 2.5 seconds. It has a top speed of 300 km/h, and a maximum torque of 1,500 Nm. What’s more, the range is an exemplary 700 kilometers, while 80 percent charge is doable in just 15 minutes.

With passenger well-being its focus, the EXP 100 GT not only offers adaptive suspension, but even includes active aero for its wheels and intelligent tires that adaptive their contact patches based on weather condition and driver demand.

While the Bentley EXP 100 GT is purely a concept for now, it does set the benchmark of what the brand wants to achieve moving forward. Cut from Bentley’s 100-year DNA, it reasserts the car as a place for creating, experiencing, and capturing extraordinary human experiences and emotions while doing it in a truly sustainable way.

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