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Centennial anniversaries have always been a great opportunity for a brands to reflect on past triumphs and show-off their vision for their future. And while transitioning towards triple digits and celebrating the spirit of English luxury, Bentley, did just that. Marking their centenary with what they call ‘Grand Tourer of the future”, the British luxury carmaker unveiled a stylish electric concept bred for long countryside drives in 2035 called the Bentley EXP 100 GT.

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The Bentley EXP 100 GT unveiled down at Crew, United Kingdom

The Bentley EXP 100 GT runs purely electric and claims to have a single-charge range of 435 miles, suiting its Tourer DNA. In terms of speed, this futurist can go 0-60-mph in 2.5 seconds, clocking-in a top speed of 186-mph. Bentley hasn’t specified which battery rests under the hood but claims to charge at speeds of 80 percent in just 15 minutes or so.Of course the EXP 100 GT is purely a show car, crafted with sustainable materials inside and out, a fully illuminated matrix grille, and pivoting doors from Italian design houses from one of their Paris Motor Show displays.

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The Bentley EXP 100 GT’s cabin illuminated by fiber glass and sustainable materials

Bentley’s Head of Exterior Design, John-Paul Gregory pointed out that the team rarely gets the chance to work on show cars, with a primary brand vision of blending luxury and utility. And that post-centenary, Bentley’s design language will be significantly bolder.

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The Bentley 100 GT inscription under the driver’s door

Imagined for the year 2035, the cabin features sustainable materials including wood sourced from naturally fallen trees, paint made from recycled rice husks, and an organic leather-like textile sourced from wine making. The body is also made from lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber, something new in Bentley’s books. The most striking feature of this car is its use of “5000-year-old copper-infused riverwood”, as mentioned in a press statement.

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Aluminium and carbon-based body with a 120-inch wheelbase

The 100 GT’s 120-inch wheelbase is grounded by Active Aero Wheels and is powered by a fuel-cell hybrid powertrain, which should give it over 670 emission-free horsepower. Yet inside, the driver will be pleasantly accompanied by the Bentley Personal Assistant which is located in the illuminated Cumbria Crystal center piece. As an interesting detail, the cars glass sun roof is said to collect and preserve light energy to illuminate the cabin using fiber optics.

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The EXP 100 GT with Bentley’s Director of Design Stefan Sielaff

Bentley’s EXP 100 GT is currently on the books for 2035, and certainly plays the part in terms of heritage, design as well as futuristic hybrid accents. It’s nearly impossible to think of its price range, even we just consider the materials used to build this.

All Images: Courtesy Bentley Motors

 

 

Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.