The Bentley EXP12 Speed 6e Concept gets a debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2017. It is the first fully electronic Bentley ever. It is designed to showcase the GT model that Bentley hopes to bring to the market and the Volkswagen Group focus on electric and hybrid development.
The Bentley EXP12 Speed 6e Concept uses high-speed inductive charging and provides a range sufficient for grand touring requirements. While the press release talks about future Bentley’s which the brand hope would be able to drive between London and Paris or Milan and Monaco on a single charge, the car of today has a 310 mile range.
On board, driver and passenger will experience state-of-the-art technology within a luxuriously appointed cabin. The entire central console, for example, is hewn from a solid piece of elegantly curved glass and encompasses a high-definition OLED screen. All of the car’s principle onboard controls are accessible from this unit, including navigation, entertainment and climate control.
Cut-glass sections on the steering wheel control the media, communications, navigation and car set-up. Two buttons featured at the top offer an instant performance boost and the other the ability to limit speed, in urban areas. The passenger has a control panel of their own which allows them to access connectivity functions.
Copper elements around the gear selector, Bentley Dynamic Drive dial and in the door veneer panels give a sense of the electronic power underneath.
The Bentley EXP12 Speed 6e Concept’s mesh grille features a complex 3D geometry. There is an illuminated ‘6e’ logo while the shape indicates a natural evolution of Bentley’s design DNA and future design direction. The Speedster gets a twin bonnet scoop and cameras for wing mirrors.
The ides behind the concept is to provoke thoughts on the future direction of the Bentley brand. Bentley’s current product strategy includes the introduction of PHEV models across the Bentley model range over the next few years, starting with the Bentayga in 2018.