Bentley’s First Electric Car Could Be Largely Different Than What We’re Used To
After Bentley showcases the EXP 100 GT Concept last year as an electric car of the future, everyone has been wondering what Bentley will really do as it moves into the new land of electrification. The EXP 100 GT looked good and all, but it’s a little too modern, so to speak, in some areas. The good news is that we may actually find out exactly what Bentley’s first move into electrification will be, as a Bentley electric car could be launched as soon as 2025.
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.
Porsche’s Mission E Platform is Being Tossed Around Like a Dirty Diaper — Even Bentley Will Use it for an EV
Word has it that Bentley has given a four-door EV the green light for development and production, and it will serve as the brand’s flagship model once it finally arrives. The caveat to this statement is that the brand aims for it to be undeniably a Bentley at first glance and it must be a standalone model that isn’t based on any other model or concept produced by the brand thus far. That means it won’t be based on the EXP 12 Speed 6E Concept or the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Coupe. Of course, Bentley is a member of the dirty VAG, so you can bet that it will ride on the J1 platform, the same guts that will power models like the Porsche Mission E and the Audi E-Tron GT that we informed you up just a couple of weeks ago.
Volkswagen Could Throw the Proverbial Turd in Bentley’s Punch Bowl
A couple of years ago, Bentley surprised us all by showing off the 2015 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept, a delicious-looking coupe with a bold design and more character than a Stephen King Novel. Then, just a couple of years later, Bentley found itself in the same place, only this time with the 2017 EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept. It had the bold styling of the first concept, but this time it was said to have an electrified drivetrain and unlimited headroom. The business case has been made, and the masses have shown lots of interest in such a model, but the Volkswagen Group could keep the Bentley two-seater from ever seeing production.
See, since Bentley is a part of the dirty VAG (pun intended,) it has to be careful when it comes to intergroup competition, and with the Audi R8 being a big model for Audi, VAG may not approve of the EXP in production form. In an interview with Motoring, Uday Senapati – the Head of Technical Operations at Mulliner – said, “From within Bentley, definitely yes [there’s momentum]. But we’re part of a big group, and it has to work with the rest of the group… Because we are a portfolio of brands, we can’t be overtly competing against each other.” When asked if a direct competitor to the R8 was off limits, he responded with, “Exactly. So if we can create a niche segment for it, then yes [we can do it].”
So, with that said, Bentley can’t just go the usual route with the two-seater if it’s ever to see production, but that doesn’t mean all is lost. Keep reading to find out.
Bentley Looking At Electric Future For The Mulsanne
Electric cars are the future of the auto industry. That narrative has been pounded into the heads of everybody and yet, it’s also becoming more evident as more automakers disclose their respective EV plans in the coming years. The latest to do is Bentley, which apparently considering the possibility of releasing an all-electric version of the Mulsanne. The luxury and performance purists will undoubtedly gasp at the thought, but given that external circumstances are forcing Bentley’s hand, an all-electric Mulsanne may be more of a question of “when” than “if” it happens.
Hans Holzgarner, the Mulsanne’s product and marketing manager, recently spoke with Autocar about the thought of an EV version for Bentley’s flagship model and while he didn’t promise anything outright as far as production plans are concerned, there is an increasing awareness within Bentley that an EV Mulsanne is imminent.
It’s no secret that markets like China and several parts of Europe have become more proactive in encouraging a zero-emissions future. For Bentley to be able to cater to these markets properly, it’s going to have to abide by the dictates of markets that are already embracing electric vehicles. Bentley could find itself getting locked out of these places if it doesn’t release an EV version of the Mulsanne.
In Bentley’s defense, Holzgartner said that the company isn’t trying to fight the advent of electric vehicles. On the contrary, it’s already piecing together a plan that would allow it to meet the increasingly stringent demands of global emissions regulations while also retaining the Mulsanne’s overall character. How these plans will materialize is still being discussed, but at this right, nobody would be surprised if Bentley does end up releasing an all-electric version of the Mulsanne simply because the markets will end up dictating it.
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Concept cars have always been an integral part of any major auto show. These events give automakers an opportunity to showcase some of the most outlandish and over-the-top vehicles we’ll ever see.
Now that doesn’t mean that these concepts will translate to production. Actually, very few do with most of them forgotten long after the auto show ends.
At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, we saw a lot of concept cars that piqued our curiosities one way or the other. Some were fancy, some were strange, and some just completely blew us away.
In the end, the concept cars at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show delivered on the promise of providing some edge and flavor to the proceedings. On the list below, we’ll show you all of the concepts that caught our eye, and if we do say so ourselves, some of those are just too awesome to not be sent to the production line.
Check out the concept cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.