At the Monterey car Week Bentley has brought the EXP 100 GT Concept, the visionary design study that celebrates the marque’s Centenary. Envisioning the luxury Grand Tourer of the future, the EXP 100 GT is a fully autonomous – yet drivable – electric coupé designed from the inside out to leverage the benefit of the electric platform.
Originally unveiled back in July, the concept has been on display at the Monterey Car Week. The design features impressive exterior proportions (it is 5.8 meters long and almost 2.4 meters wide), reminiscent of many historic Grand Tourers of the marque. The body features a muscular yet flowing, slender look. The surface treatment combines clean volumes with intricate details and textures, including decorative features in copper and aluminium and lighting elements. The side doors are two meters wide and pivot outwards and upwards rising to almost three meters, allowing easy access to the cabin and adding to the sense of occasion on arrival.
The new exterior paint color Compass is created using a special Colourstream pigment that reflects a beautiful spectrum of autumnal colors and is synthetically made using rice husk ash, a harmful bi-product of the rice industry. Among the distinctive elements is the exterior lighting: a focal point is the illuminated matrix grille and Flying B mascot: both come to life as one approaches the car, with the light playing across the grille, through the mascot and along the hood central spine of the car and into the cabin itself. At the rear, a ‘horseshoe’ section of the boot is a 3D OLED screen on which lighting effects can blend in with the rear lamps. The luxurious sculpted cabin combines a strong focus on tactile feelings with the extensive use of light as a design element.
Light is harvested from the surrounding environment via an innovative glass roof embedded with prisms that collect light and transfer it into the cabin using fibre optics. The use of harvested natural light and synthesized light offers a new approach to enhancing wellness on board. Technology-wise, the interior is seamlessly integrated with the AI-based Bentley Personal Assistant.