Effortless, exclusive and exhilarating, Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept brings luxury ownership experience to EV sector

Luxury customer demands met by Bentley levels of craftsmanship and refinement, with electric performance and grand touring capabilities

Bentley’s vision includes rapid inductive charging and connected on-board concierge services

EXP 12 Speed 6e concept to gauge public and customer feedback to shape Bentley’s future luxury strategy

Concept showcases future Bentley exterior and interior design direction

EXP 12 Speed 6e is on display at the Geneva Motor Show until 19 March

EXP 12 Speed 6e concept
EXP 12 Speed 6e con­cept

Via Bent­ley News­room

Bent­ley Motors is shar­ing its ambi­tion to define the elec­tric lux­u­ry seg­ment with the EXP 12 Speed 6e con­cept at the 2017 Gene­va Inter­na­tion­al Motor Show.

Wolf­gang Dürheimer, chair­man and chief exec­u­tive of Bent­ley Motors, said:

The EXP 12 Speed 6e is a con­cept to show that Bent­ley is defin­ing elec­tric motor­ing in the lux­u­ry sec­tor, with the appro­pri­ate tech­nol­o­gy, high qual­i­ty mate­ri­als and refine­ment lev­els you’d expect from a true Bent­ley. This con­cept enables us to engage with lux­u­ry cus­tomers and gath­er feed­back on our approach.

Bent­ley is com­mit­ted to offer­ing an elec­tric mod­el in its future port­fo­lio and we are inter­est­ed to receive feed­back on this con­cept,” Dürheimer con­clud­ed.

The Luxury of Electric: Effortless, Exclusive and Exhilarating

An all-elec­tric Bent­ley will not com­pro­mise the qual­i­ty, refine­ment and high per­for­mance lev­els expect­ed of the lux­u­ry brand. These renowned Bent­ley char­ac­ter­is­tics such as imme­di­ate, effort­less surge of torque and grand tour­ing range will be com­bined with new high per­for­mance tech­nol­o­gy such as rapid induc­tive charg­ing and state-of-the-art on board concierge-style ser­vices for an effort­less own­er­ship expe­ri­ence.

Bentley’s vision is for cus­tomers to ben­e­fit from high-speed induc­tive charg­ing and pro­vide a range suf­fi­cient for grand tour­ing require­ments. An elec­tric Bent­ley would, for exam­ple, be able to dri­ve between Lon­don and Paris or Milan and Mona­co on a sin­gle charge and the on board expe­ri­ence will be enhanced for both dri­ver and pas­sen­ger thanks to the inte­gra­tion of state-of-the-art tech­nol­o­gy.

A fusion of cut­ting-edge tech­nol­o­gy and beau­ti­ful mate­ri­als is evi­dent right through­out EXP 12 Speed 6e’s lux­u­ri­ous­ly appoint­ed cab­in, ensur­ing that the brand’s use of tech­nol­o­gy is not cold or emo­tion­less. The entire cen­tral con­sole, for exam­ple, is hewn from a sol­id piece of ele­gant­ly curved glass encom­pass­ing a high-def­i­n­i­tion OLED screen. All of the car’s prin­ci­ple onboard con­trols are acces­si­ble from here, includ­ing nav­i­ga­tion, enter­tain­ment and cli­mate con­trol.

Hand­made, cut-glass sec­tions on the steer­ing wheel con­tain the con­trols for media, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, nav­i­ga­tion and car set-up. There are also two but­tons fea­tured at the top of the cut-away steer­ing wheel, one offer­ing an instant per­for­mance boost and the oth­er the abil­i­ty to lim­it speed, in urban areas for exam­ple.

The pas­sen­ger, mean­while, has their own con­trol pan­el on the front fas­cia with access to social media, email and enter­tain­ment.

Exquis­ite cop­per ele­ments around the gear selec­tor, Bent­ley Dynam­ic Dri­ve dial and in the door veneer pan­els are inte­grat­ed into the cab­in to high­light the elec­tric per­for­mance poten­tial of the concept’s advanced new pow­er­train.

The car’s intel­li­gent info­tain­ment sys­tem is the cen­tral brain to access many real world ser­vices using con­nect­ed-car Apps.

EXP 12 Speed 6e concept
EXP 12 Speed 6e con­cept

Designing the Future of Luxury

On the out­side, the icon­ic Bent­ley mesh grille fea­tures a com­plex 3D geom­e­try and smoked fin­ish with cop­per high­lights that iden­ti­fy the Bent­ley EXP 12 Speed 6e as a ful­ly elec­tric vehi­cle. When the car is run­ning the ‘6e’ logo illu­mi­nates in a strik­ing, vibrant white.

The exte­ri­or design is an expres­sion of mus­cu­lar, ath­let­ic sur­faces inspired by con­tem­po­rary archi­tec­ture, the nat­ur­al world and the aero­dy­nam­ic shapes of air­craft fuse­lages.

It rep­re­sents a nat­ur­al evo­lu­tion of Bentley’s design DNA and sig­ni­fies future design direc­tion, tak­ing the famous pow­er­line and haunch to new lev­els of dra­ma and ten­sion. When com­bined with mus­cu­lar pro­por­tions and an ath­let­ic stance through the use of a short front over­hang, long bon­net, low grille and wide rear, the exte­ri­or styling hints at the high-per­for­mance poten­tial of the car.

The twin bon­net scoops act as high­ly effec­tive heat sinks that sup­ply addi­tion­al cool­ing to the bat­tery and pow­er­train.

The wing mir­rors – which are cam­eras rather than tra­di­tion­al reflec­tive glass – are excep­tion­al­ly sleek and were inspired by the sculp­tur­al form of stealth air­craft fuse­lages.

When rapid induc­tive charg­ing is not avail­able, EXP 12 Speed 6e can be con­nect­ed to a mains AC pow­er sup­ply via the aux­il­iary charg­ing point, sub­tly con­cealed behind the rear num­ber plate.

A Commitment to an Electric Future

Bent­ley believes that the con­cept will open dis­cus­sions with lux­u­ry car buy­ers of the future – mil­len­ni­als, mem­bers of Gen­er­a­tion C and the ris­ing afflu­ent in devel­op­ing economies — to under­stand the desired expec­ta­tions from a future elec­tric lux­u­ry car own­er­ship expe­ri­ence.

The lux­u­ry brand’s elec­tric car strat­e­gy includes the intro­duc­tion of PHEV mod­els across the Bent­ley mod­el range over the next few years, start­ing with the Ben­tay­ga in 2018.


Joao Lamares

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