Bentley, if you hadn't heard a million times already, 100 years old this year. In his continued birthday, the automaker celebrated what it believes to be the future of lavish grand touring — the all-electric, optional autonomous Bentley EXP 100 GT concept or its vision for the year 2035.
In some ways, it's a little more realistic than the usual "vision" concepts that show which cars can look like 50 or 100 years from now, or anything. In other ways, it's all pretty amazing.
The company announced the concept on Wednesday and calls it both "a physical design of the future Bentley brand" and the future great tourer – you know for those who have Bentley money. The rest of us will brush around in electric cars with barely enough space to keep us from throwing our knees while we drive, because it's life.
EXP 100 GT, Bentley said is its idea of what its cars will be Be in 15 years: electric, fully autonomous but capable of being driven, full of artificial intelligence and made of "sustainable" materials. The forward thinking is despite the fact that the front grille looks like some over-the-top antique crystal glassware.
Bentley's thought experiment can go from standstill to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, it said with a top speed of 186 mph and more than 1,106 lb-ft of torque. That's a lot.
Bentley did not speak about horsepower, but said the idea is for nearly 4,200 pound car to be able to charge to 80 percent in 15 minutes and have a 435-mile range. (For reference, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye weighs about 4,500 pounds, and Tesla claimed in April that its updated Model S Long Range can go 370 miles.)
EXP 100 GT is also smart on the inside with things like the AI assistant – Something Engadget calls an "AI butler", which we all need – and biometrics that monitor temperature, eye and head movements, blood pressure, passenger position and environmental conditions to adjust the car for more comfort at the moment. If you thought having an Amazon Echo at home was freaky, maybe all this is not for you.