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Aug 10, 2019,  by Allianz Partners Business Insights

Bentley: A new electric, self-driving saloon from the luxury British manufacturer

On 10th July, Bentley presented their take on an electric and self-driving vehicle. The brand sees this model becoming the industry’s gold standard in terms of luxury and intelligent technology. The EXP 100 GT, with its top-of-the-range materials, well thought-out design, unique built-in systems and high-performance engine, marks the 100th anniversary of the prestigious British brand. 

 

In a press release published on the brand’s centenary on 10th July, Bentley released the first pictures of their EXP 100 GT, a project for an electric and self-driving car. The flawless finish, luxurious interior and numerous functions guarantee passengers the same level of comfort as the other vehicles produced by the prestigious British manufacturer. Website Numerama is even calls it “excessive”.

 

Bentley want to set a precedent

 

With the EXP 100 GT, the manufacturer wants to present the public with “a physical embodiment of the future Bentley brand” that “sets the benchmark for sustainable luxury mobility that is autonomous and electric.” The 28 computer-generated images that accompany the press release showcase the car’s impressive design. 

The slender, tapered bodywork of this luxury saloon is topped with a panoramic roof. The driver and passenger doors pivot outwards and upwards. The EXP 100 GT was designed to introduce “light as a new luxury material” say the brand, who also evoke the “future of luxury craftsmanship.” 

 

Sustainable materials

 

The raw materials used are as luxurious as they are natural. The exterior paint is made from recycled rice husks, the leather-look materials are 100% organic and come from the wine-making industry, and the interior surfaces are covered with embroidered cotton or British farmed wool carpets.  

Bentley have not neglected the mechanical aspect either. The four electric motors allow the car to reach top speeds of 300km/h and go from 0 to 100km/h in just 2.5 seconds. It boasts a 700 kilometre range and its battery recovers 80% of its charge in less than 15 minutes. 

 

Unexpected functions

 

In a bid to maximise comfort by “monitoring occupants’ well-being,” the brand has pulled out all the stops. The seat and air temperature are set automatically thanks to biometric technology and three different configurations are available. An algorithm detects the passengers’ blood pressure to provide a suitable atmosphere. In the “Cocoon” setting, for example, the air is purified and the windows are darkened.  

To develop these systems, Bentley say they used “a perfect blend of performance, technology and craftsmanship” as well as “emotionally intelligent” algorithms. 

 

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