Bentley Celebrates 100th Birthday With Autonomous EXP 100 GT

Marco Green
July 11, 2019

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. But the radical concept serves as inspiration for Bentley design and technology moving forward. The cabin, surfaced in a mix of leather, reclaimed wood with copper inlays, wool (yes, wool), and aluminium, is undoubtedly posh.

The Bentley EXP 100 GT concept uses artificial intelligence to make the cabin as comfortable as possible.

Bentley has no plans to build the EXP 100 GT in its current form. 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. Cocoon is the opposite, darkening the glass roof for added privacy and activating the air purification system located in the trunk. It features five modes: Enhance, Cacoon, Capture, Re-Live and Customize. Sharply cut air intakes and precisely pinched hood creases lend to the air of power and confidence. At the rear, Bentley gives a geometry lesson with a stretched hexagon standing atop a large trapezoidal vent. An OLED 3D screen projects even more lighting effects over the taillights, too.

Light plays a critical role outside, as it does in. As the owner approaches, the vehicle lights up, starting with the matrix grille, flowing up through the Flying B figurine, then onward over the hood and inside the auto. The auto essentially comes to life like a loyal puppy greeting its master. The exterior color, for instance, uses synthetic pigments from rice husk ash. Exterior aluminum and copper accents tie the design with Bentley heritage, representing the alloy used by W.O. Bentley in the WWI-era BR1 Aero engine piston. 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. 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. The range is claimed at 435 miles even though the GT's overall mass is tipped to fall to 1900kg - around 35% lighter than a auto with similar capabilities would weigh today.

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