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Bentley celebrates 100th birthday with this massive EXP 100 GT Concept

Bentley celebrates 100th birthday with this massive EXP 100 GT Concept”

The EXP 100 GT takes interactivity well beyond what we know today: its systems will learn and eventually anticipate occupants' desires when factors such as light conditions, road surface or weather change.

Where the EXP 100 GT really takes a step into the future in terms of enriching the onboard experience is via the Bentley Personal Assistant AI, represented by an illuminated hand-cut crystal sourced from Cumbria, England, and relying on a series of hand-gesture sensors as an interface.

Even the car's light is luxurious, as it collect's light through it's glass roof and transfers it throughout the cabin using fiber optics.

The EXP 100 GT remains strictly a concept auto for now, but its exterior design does explore the brand's future design direction, Bentley tells us, while its futuristic features certainly do show us the kind of ideas circulating at the Crewe headquarters.

This sustainable mindset extends to the car's structure and drivetrain. The driver and passenger doors are 2,0 metres wide and pivot outwards and upwards. Biometrics are also employed here to track eye and head movements as well as blood pressure to further tailor the cabin environment. "Enhance" draws input from the outside, "Cocoon" envelops driver and passenger in purified air and opaque glass, "Re-Live" replays highlights of past journeys, and "Customise" combines all four, but is interchangeable based on passenger input. The vehicle also features air and sound curation created to promote a feeling of well-being, while various in-car displays can enhance the "grand tour" experience using augmented reality, or provide a relaxed cocoon on demand.

If and when EXP 100 GT passengers are able pry themselves out of their ultra-cozy pampered cocoon, they'll remember what a gorgeous vehicle they've been in. Additionally, a cartridge system within the EXP 100 GT can also deliver luxury items and services, says Bentley. Its rear haunches, on the other hand, are reminiscent of the R-Type Continental produced from 1952 to 1955. Bentley says the EXP 100 GT concept can hit 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 186 miles per hour.

One of the main highlights is the illuminated matrix grille and the famous Flying B mascot, which lights up when you approach the vehicle.

Ambient lighting can be adjusted for specific moods and additional effects are delivered through projection mapping onto trim panels such as door pads. Its secret weapon, a so-called Bentley Personal Assistant, controllable from screens front and rear, aims to improve not just occupants' comfort by recording all manner of their preferences and configuring the auto to suit.

Bentley says future battery technology will offer five times the conventional energy density, so charging the EXP 100 GT to 80 percent will take a mere 15 minutes. The active aero wheels adjust between all-out performance and max efficiency, and the Pirelli tires on those wheels auto-adjust contact patch size to meet current driving conditions.



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