As part of Bentley's 100th birthday celebration last week, the British ultraluxury brand rolled out the EXP 100 GT concept. The vehicle is a 228-inch-long grand tourer that the automaker says has a range of 435 miles on a single charge because of its battery technology that is five times the energy density of what is available today. Bentley says the concept visualizes luxury motoring in 2035, when autonomous technology goes hand in hand with long-range batteries. Here's a roundup of initial EXP 100 GT reaction from the automotive media.
"Beyond its environmental credentials, the EXP 100 GT also offers plenty of what could be termed Bentleyness. It is a long and opulent coupe — the concept is 228 inches long — but despite the length of the passenger cabin, it only has two doors, and, as in all the best concepts, they hinge upward to give access to the cabin. While we have to agree with Bentley's claim that their 118-inch open height 'adds to the sense of occasion on arrival,' they would also limit access in most parking structures.
"Inside is a reconfigurable layout with sliding seats that allow it to run in two-, three-, or four-passenger configuration. As the concept's vestigial steering wheel suggests, it is also being pitched as being able to operate with high-level autonomy. The interior is trimmed with the sort of high-end sustainable materials Bentley thinks that the next generation of hyper-wealthy buyers are going to insist on, including copper-infused wood from 'naturally fallen' trees that have been preserved for thousands of years in peat bogs and what is described as a 'leatherlike seating material' based on various byproducts of winemaking. This looks better than it sounds."
-- Mike Duff, Car and Driver