Bentley will have fun its 100th birthday on July 10 with the disclosing of a brand new idea automobile. However slightly than look again at Bentley’s century of historical past, the idea will assist the corporate forge ahead. Dubbed EXP 100 GT, Bentley claims it will likely be a “transformative zero-emissions idea automobile,” possible previewing a future manufacturing mannequin.
Bentley didn’t provide every other particulars of the EXP 100 GT, however did notice that the automobile will carry its normal excessive degree of expertise. “Zero-emission” might technically imply battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell, however the automobile will possible be powered by batteries. Lack of hydrogen fueling infrastructure has inspired most automakers to go for battery energy as they try to transition away from inside combustion. The EXP 100 GT gained’t be the primary all-electric idea from Bentley. The automaker unveiled the EXP 12 Velocity 6e convertible on the 2017 Geneva Motor Present.
The EXP 100 GT might preview Bentley’s first all-electric manufacturing mannequin, which is due in 2025. Bentley additionally plans so as to add a hybrid powertrain possibility to each mannequin by 2023. That course of will begin later this yr with the launch of the Bentayga Hybrid. Truly a plug-in hybrid (Bentley dropped “plug-in” from the official title), it options an electrical motor sandwiched between a three.Zero-liter turbocharged V6 engine and eight-speed computerized transmission. It’s unclear if Bentley will use the identical powertrain in its different hybrid fashions, or one thing totally different.
Even a high-end, low-volume automaker like Bentley wants to concentrate to emissions. Stricter international laws are anticipated to make higher ranges of electrification vital over the approaching years. Bentley additionally believes clients have gotten extra inquisitive about electrical automobiles. The qualities usually related to electrical powertrains — together with easy, quiet operation and gobs of torque — additionally match properly with the character of a Bentley.
Not many automakers can say that they’ve been in enterprise for 100 years, so Bentley is in a celebratory temper. Along with the EXP 100 GT idea, the automaker is rolling out various new manufacturing fashions, together with the Bentayga Hybrid, a V8 model of the Continental GT coupe and convertible, and the Flying Spur sedan. Bentley additionally a set a brand new document for manufacturing automobiles on the Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb with a Continental GT W12 coupe, beating the earlier document by eight.four seconds. The record-breaking automobile wore quantity 100, naturally.