Bentley EXP 100 GT Quirks and Features
Celebrating 100th anniversary from the birth of the company, Bentley revealed an astonishing EXP 100 GT. A massive grand tourer with Lamborghini-like scissor doors pack the electric drivetrain, yet unseen technology, incredible luxury features, and the most astounding creature comforts we have seen in a car. Ever!
The Bentley EXP 100 GT represents the ultra-posh Grand Tourer conceived for the year 2035. I feel that Bentley crafted it as an answer to the Rolls-Royce Vision 100 Concept. So, before you discard it as one more thing that will never happen, I have to tell you that it can drive by itself, it can mimic the surroundings by managing ambient inside the cabin, and it is fast!
I present to you the most incredible facts and features about the new Bentley EXP 100 GT.
Bentley previews its future with the EXP 100 GT Concept
This is perhaps the best birthday celebration we have seen in recent times. The general trend on any birthday is to go back in time and celebrate the most iconic moments from history. But instead, Bentley decided to give us peek into its future on its 100th birthday. What is it, you ask? It’s what the company’s future looks like and where it sees itself in the next 15 years. Bentley unveiled the EXP 100 GT concept in Crewe, England, to commemorate the milestone. If this is what the future looks like, we are in safe hands.
Bentley Will Honor Its 100th Birthday With the Futuristic EXP 100 GT
Bentley’s 100th anniversary comes to a head on July 10, the day the automaker marked as its official birthday. While we can count on songs to be sung and cakes to be blown, Bentley’s also using its birthday to preview its future, specifically the automaker’s vision for the next 100 years. That vision is called EXP 100 GT. Ok, so it isn’t a presentation or a blueprint of what we can expect from Bentley in the next century. It’s a concept vehicle that is, according to the automaker, a “showcase of sustainability and innovation, engineered to create a greater awareness of the world outside.”
Vague as that description is, it does point to the likelihood that the EXP 100 GT will be presented as a futuristic electric car that exudes Bentley’s flair for the opulent and meticulous attention to detail. Beyond that, the Bentley EXP 100 GT remains a mystery, as it should considering its importance in shaping Bentley’s next 100 years as one of the world’s premier luxury automakers. The Bentley EXP 100 GT debuts on July 10 in the U.K. at 4 P.M. British Standard Time. That’s about 11 A.M. EST in our area of the world.
Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations
One of the great things about car renderings is the ability to let your imagination go crazy. You can use an existing car model and re-imagine it without a roof, or you can get really creative and redesign it in a different body type altogether. There’s something to be said, then, for renderings that take two models from two different automakers and combine them to create an entirely new model. It’s the kind of Transformers-like job that we should be seeing more often in the real world. Or should we? The truth is, BudgetsDirect undertook this very exercise, and the results are all “interesting,” to say the least. As an added bonus, we’re doing our own part and renaming these creations in the best way we can.
London’s Top Design Students Showcase The Bentley of 2050
In a collaboration with the Royal College of Art’s (RCA) Intelligent Mobility programme, Bentley Design team tasked design students with formulating thought-provoking designs of the future of British luxury. Under the byword ‘What will British luxury mean in 2050?’, 24 students submitted their designs showing the future of Bentley in the year 2050 and giving a unique opportunity to Bentley design team to assess the thinking behind the designs.
Bentley’s Design Director Stefan Sielaff, an alumnus of the RCA’s renowned Automotive Design programme, explained: “Bentley has always been at the forefront of automotive luxury, and with this collaboration, we asked millennial students for their vision of the future.
We wanted ideas and concepts that could potentially lead us in new and interesting directions, using the perspective of these digital natives – from all over the world – to see things differently. These second-year students are the ones who will be designing the cars of the future – the taste makers in training if you will. That’s why the results of the challenge are so exciting.”
2017 Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept
There once was a time when Bentley was synonymous with British opulence and luxury. That notion still holds true to this day, but Bentley, like everybody else it seems, has evolved into something more than that. These days, the flying “B” has expanded its reach in the automotive landscape with two recent concept offerings showcasing the future of the company as a creator of sporty and aggressive electric sports cars. We first saw how that looked with the debut of the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and a year later, the Crewe-based, British automaker returned to Geneva to bring the coupe’s convertible counterpart, the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept.
Part electric car, part luxury car, and part sports car, the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept can probably be best described as the love child of all these segments, created and developed to showcase part of Bentley’s future in the event it decides to go down this road. The company has said that it plans to do just that and is convinced that an all-electric sports car like the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept can be built without comprising the company’s long-standing tradition of class and luxury. Sounds like the company’s reaching, but remember, we’ve been down this road before.
After all, this is the same company that people scoffed at when it said that it wanted to build an SUV and yet, here we are in 2017, and the Bentayga is making a pretty good case for itself as one of the best luxury SUVs on the market today. That’s not to say that Bentley is going to follow a similar blueprint with the development of the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept, but the bigger point here is that Bentley has successfully gotten out of its comfort zone, so there’s no reason for it not to dive into more unchartered waters.
Whether it’s the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept or the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept, the days of brushing off Bentley’s ability to spread its wings are long gone. At this point, if it says that it’s committed to building an electric car and it has a concept car that it can use to base a future electric car from, taking the company’s word for it would be a far better option than dismissing it again entirely. We don’t know what the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept is going to amount to, but the fact that it made its debut in Geneva earlier this month speaks to the possibilities of seeing it in production form down the road.
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EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept Is Bentley’s Commitment to Build an Electric Car
Much like Aston Martin, Bentley is going through a massive overhaul that will see a range of new vehicles and technologies hit the streets over the next couple of years. Bentley has already managed to reinvent itself by launching the Bentayga SUV, but the process is far from over and it’s set to continue with the next-generation Continental. Additionally, the British firm is working on both a new design language, as well as developing its first ever electric vehicle. The EXP 12 Speed 6e concept that just broke cover at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show previews both.
Essentially an evolution of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept from 2015, the EXP 12 drops the coupe configuration in favor of a convertible body style and adopts a range of new features inside and out. As sleek and sporty as its predecessor, the EXP 12 is identical to the EXP 10 save for the missing top and the redesigned rear bumper, which no longer includes exhaust pipes. Since this concept was envisioned with an electric drivetrain, tailpipes are no longer necessary.
The interior is also pretty much identical to the EXP 10, featuring the same central console that’s made from a solid piece of curved glass encompassing a high-definition OLED screen. It can be used to control everything from navigation and entertainment to climate control, while the two buttons at the top of the steering wheel offers access to either an instant performance boost or a speed limiter for urban area.
The main novelty is the electric drivetrain. In fact, I should say Bentley’s ambitions to offer an EV in the future, because the EXP 12 doesn’t have an electric motor yet. In the company’s own words, the goal is for customers to benefit from "high-speed inductive charging and provide a range sufficient for grand touring requirements. An electric Bentley would, for example, be able to drive between London and Paris or Milan and Monaco on a single charge."
London and Paris on a single charge? That’s almost 290 miles, which is definitely doable with the current technology, but a 300-mile range is necessary for a carefree trip. With Tesla already offering a 335-mile range, it’s definitely achievable on a large scale, but it remains to be seen how long it will take Bentley to put it into practice. The British company also claims that an all-electric Bentley "will not compromise the quality, refinement and high performance levels expected of the luxury brand," so it’s not exactly a walk in the park.
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Easter Special: Easter Eggs of the Car World
In a world that has more supercars and sports cars than you can keep track of, it’s pretty easy for those that don’t go mainstream to get lost. It’s sad when you think about it. Over the years, there have been some interesting concept and production cars that never got the attention they deserved. Take the Tushek Renovatio T500, for instance. Have you ever heard of it? I’m guessing you probably haven’t, but it was a remarkably beautiful car with distinct styling that should have made it a favorite among collectors.
These days, we’re blessed with every supercar manufacturer dropping a new model on a regular basis. In fact, we’re spoiled, when you think about it. And like any group of spoiled children, as soon as we get what we want, we immediately start asking for more. It’s not that the supercars we all know and love, like the Koenigsegg One:1, Bugatti Chiron, or the Pagani Huayra BC aren’t special, because they certainly are. They’re just well known, and even if you haven’t seen one in person, you’ve seen one on TV or Youtube.
So, in light of Easter this year, we’ve decided to look back at a few cars that are very much “Easter eggs” of the automotive world, and that’s if you can even find them at all. I’m talking about cars like the aforementioned Tushek Renovatio T500, or the Tramontana XTR. Some of these car’s never made it into production, while others were produced and fizzled away into automotive history. Either way, let’s take a look at a few of my favorites.
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After first clapping eyes on a concept car, the first thing that follows your initial knee-jerk response is either, “Yeah, that’ll probably go into production,” or “The national debt will be paid off before that monstrosity goes into production.” When Bentley introduced its sporty EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept, with its well-proportioned exterior and impeccably finished interior, you definitely got the sense it would eventually land in showrooms, and now it looks like that might indeed be the case.
Bentley chief Wolfgang Duerheimer recently told Automotive News Europe that he’s keen to continue expanding Bentley beyond its current Mulsanne, Flying Spur and Continental lineup, and that one or two new models could follow after the Bentayga crossover SUV to be introduced next year. The EXP 10 Speed 6 rumored to be a front-running candidate to fill one of those slots, and a final decision is expected by the end of 2015.
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There is no doubt that the 2015 Lincoln Continental Concept looks like nothing else that currently exists in the Lincoln portfolio, and Luc Donckerwolke, the chief designer for Bentley, has his own personal take on where this design originated. According to Car Design News, Donckerwolke posted on Facebook that he feels the new Lincoln concept is a copy of the current Bentley Flying Spur, which is a four-door version of the Bentley Continental.
He used his private Facebook account to reportedly write: “I would have called it Flying Spur concept and kept the four round lights." Comparing the two luxury sedans, the Continental Concept does have a lot of Flying Spur in its design, like the jutting grille, raised rear haunches, C-pillar shape and the sloping trunk line. Donckerwolke took things a step further by posting "Do you want us to send the product tooling?" directly to the Facebook page of Lincoln’s chief designer, David Woodhouse. That message was quickly deleted.
Donckerwolke didn’t back down from his Facebook post by telling Car Design News: "This behavior is not respectable. Building a copy like this is giving a bad name to the car design world."
And Bentley’s exterior design chief, Sangyup Lee, added fuel to the fire by saying: "It is very disappointing especially for an exclusive brand like Lincoln." These are some strong words in an automotive community that tends to be very diplomatic with such public comments.
In our initial post of the concept, we also wrote that there is a resemblance to the Kia K900, and looking at a rear view of the Continental reveals taillights that are almost identical to those found on the Mercedes S-Class Coupe. For Lincoln’s part, it says that this concept shows a “strong indication” of a production sedan that will debut next year, so it isn’t clear how much of this design will carry over.
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With sales increasing tenfold since the Volkswagen Group took over the British carmaker after a fierce battle with BMW, Bentley has been on a roll this year, despite a somewhat aging lineup. After announcing that the company’s first SUV will launch toward the end of the year, Bentley introduced a second mid-cycle refresh for the top-selling Continental GT line and has now unveiled a near-production concept car at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Called the EXP 10 Speed 6, the new Bentley concept radiates with old-school British luxury in a modern and compact package, while part of its name harks back to Woolf Barnato’s famous Blue Train Bentley from 1930. Featuring two seats and a long hood, and painted in a variation of British Racing Green, the EXP 10 Speed Six has a pretty good chance of going into production in the near future.
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British publication Autocar is reporting that Bentley is gearing up to reveal a new two-seat, front-engine GT car to take on the likes of Aston Martin and Ferrari. The UK-based automaker will pull the sheets on the new concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.
The high-performance sports car is rumored to be packing a 500-horsepower, 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 from Audi. A more powerful version might also be in the works, with enough muscle to motivate the luxury vehicle to a 200-mph top speed, much like the Continental GT Speed. Pricing is expected to start between $184,000 and $215,000, with delivery anticipated sometime in 2018.
The new concept coincides with the upcoming Bentayga crossover, which comes with a price tag of $220,000, making it the most expensive SUV on the market. According to Bentley’s CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, the marque may also expand its lineup with a new model to fit between the Continental Flying Spur and the Mulsanne.
If the new concept makes it to production, Autocar reports that it would most likely be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MSB flexible architecture, with a front/mid-engine layout and performance tricks gleaned from Bentley’s experience in GT3 racing.
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Okay, we’ve seen Porsche, BMW and Audi all experimenting with hybrid and electric cars, which is okay. But now things are getting a little more upscale in the electrification of luxury cars to help boost mpgs without losing performance and comfort. The latest of the entrants is Bentley with its Beijing-bound Hybrid Concept, which is little more than an electrified and copper-accented Mulsanne. Hey, if you’re gonna reveal a new hybrid engine, then why not show it off in your flagship sedan?
The details are still a little scarce on the Hybrid Concept, but Bentlry did let us in on a few details. We know that the hybrid drivetrain will carry the same 6.75-liter V-8 gas burner as the base model, but with electric motors added to boost fuel economy and output, while decreasing CO2 emissions. According to Bentley, this drivetrain bumps fuel economy up by 25 percent and guts CO2 by 70 percent.
What’s more, this drivetrain is in Bentley’s future plans, and it will slowly make its way into every Bentley vehicle.
we expect to hear more about the car following its debut at the Beijing Auto Show on April 20th.
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When Bentley introduced the Mulsanne Vision Concept at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it did so believing that the car would garner significant attention that would inevitably lead to the company green-lighting a production version sooner than later.
Well, it appears that even the best laid plans sometimes go up in smoke after Bentley CEO, Wolfgang Schreiber, officially confirmed that the a production Mulsanne convertible isn’t in the cards anymore.
Speaking to Car & Driver, Schreiber stated that Bentley will not do the Mulsanne Convertible anymore because the demand for the car isn’t strong enough to justify the time and resources the company would have to put into it. "The demand for a Mulsanne convertible is just regional," Schreiber explained before saying that only a handful of markets like the U.S. would welcome a convertible model of the company’s flagship luxury sedan.
It’s also worth pointing out that the sedan version of the Mulsanne didn’t exactly burn the sales charts when it went on sale — last year’s 1,169 units sold barely crossed the 1,200 mark — so the decision to ax the convertible model isn’t exactly surprising, especially in light of the company’s renewed attempts at building a new crossover.
Make no mistake, the British marquee still has plans of expanding its lineup in the near future. It’s just that the Mulsanne Convertible won’t be a part of it anymore.
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With its acquisition spending-spree apparently over – for now – Volkswagen has turned its attention to developing its current models, which are plentiful. Two models, however, are likely receiving the wrong kind of attention, as Reuters is reporting the Lamborghini and Bentley may see their respective SUVs – the Urus and EXP 9 F Concept – delayed.
As we all know, the European market has been ravaged by the crash of the global economy and VW has been one of the handful of European automakers to succeed in these dark days. This delaying of the two limited-production SUVs would help VW stretch its funds farther with its more productive lineups, like itself, Audi, and Seat. VW is planning a spending review and the final answer will not come until November 23rd, so we’re stuck waiting on an answer for at least a month.
Also up for a potential delay is the upcoming Bugatti sedan, which, just like the Bentley and Lamborghini SUVs, will only be produced and sold in very small numbers. We’ll keep an eye on this situation, as VW inches toward cutting its manufacturing by a reported 300,000 units.
We’ll bring you more information as it comes across the wire.
When Bentley revealed the oddly named EXP 9 F Concept SUV, some of us cheered out of delight, but many almost cringed at its gaudy appearance. To call a Bentley gaudy is like calling most pop singers “Divas;” it’s pretty much a given. But the EXP 9 F was a little over the top – to say the least.
In a recent interview, Bentley spokesperson, Martin Broomer, made reference to the possibility of the EXP 9 F undergoing a bit of a redesign before it is re-revealed around the end of 2012. Bentley made it clear that the EXP 9 F was a show car and not a “dressed-up preproduction car,” which means it will likely be scaled down a bit in production.
We’ll see exactly how far Bentley takes this revision to this controversial concept. We do know that Bentley won’t strip it of the typical over-the-top design of its vehicles, but it does need some mild adjustments.
For now, all we can do is sit and wait until Bentley feeds us a little information on what it has in store for its debut SUV. One thing is for sure, this tweaking is a solid indicator that this is a little more than just another concept; Bentley is serious about jumping into the ultra-premium SUV segment.
Bentley has been rumored to be preparing a comeback to the racing circuits for quite some time. Those rumors will be put to rest in just a few hours when the Paris Auto Show opens its doors and we are introduced to the Continental GT3 Concept specially designed for the FIA GT3 European Championship. The future race car will be racing in the 24-hour marathons starting 2013 and will be joining the circuit to tackle the likes of Alpina, Aston Martin, and Porsche.
The Continental GT3 Concept will be based off of the Continental GT Speed. It will be powered by a W12 engine, but unlike the road-going version, it will be much lighter. In fact, the car needs to undergo a significant drop in weight considering its rivals in this category only weigh about 2,755 lbs. By comparison, the standard Continental GT Speed weighs an agonizing 5,478 lbs. The luxury racer will also feature a rear-wheel drive chassis in accordance with the regulations, state-of-the-art motorsport hardware, and a comprehensive aerodynamic package
The vehicle would have to drop all of its luxurious features found in the standard model’s interior and adopt a full race cage and carbon fiber shell seats to participate in these races. The large rear wing and front bumper will be made of carbon fiber and the entire body will consist of lightweight materials.
Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, stated: "The clear message from our customers is that Bentley belongs on the racetrack, and the Continental GT3 is the realisation of a dream we’ve had ever since the launch of the Continental GT. The new GT Speed is the perfect car for us to develop into a racer, and our work so far has shown huge potential. The Continental GT3 is set to show the world what the Continental GT is capable of in its most extreme form, and establishes a solid foundation for Bentley’s long-term motorsport plans."
UPDATE 10/16/12: A few weeks after unveiling the Bentley Continental GT3 Concept at the Paris Motor Show, Bentley has released a new promo video of the concept racer, showing it’s "transformation" from luxury sports car to all-conquering race car. Check it out by clicking on the photo above!
Most people won’t remember the 1999 Bentley Hunaudières (pictured here), a concept car created shortly after Volkswagen took ownership of Bentley. It was built on a Lamborghini platform and powered by a W16 engine, shining a whole new light on the otherwise limousine-filled Bentley lineup. This supercar was so unlike anything Bentley would ever push towards production that we wouldn’t doubt it if not one person ever thought they would see this car again.
We can’t promise that the Hunaudières will come back from its 13-year-long hiatus, a la the Porsche 928 H50 Concept/Panamera return, but we can say that Bentley is making some changes and bringing another cool sports-car concept out into the open. This new Bentley sports car will be making its first appearance at the 2012 Paris Auto Show in September.
There are no details available on this new concept at this point, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see this sports car concept be put into production solely because of Bentley’s sales target of 15,000 units annually. This new model will join the company’s upcoming facelift version for the Continental Supersport, the four-door Continental Flying Spur, the open-top version of the Mulsanne, and the SUV set to be launched in 2015.