Bentley has finally revealed the EXP 100 GT concept, showcasing a vision for the grand tourer of the future and coinciding with the brand's 100th birthday.
Luxury in 2035 will extend, Bentley says, to harnessing and redirecting natural light, filtering and redirecting natural airflow and making much more imaginative use of mostly sustainable trim materials to create a link between the car's occupants and the world outside.
With a top speed of 300km/h, the EXP 100 GT is quick. Bentley's artificially intelligent personal assistant - located in the centre console and identifiable via an illuminated crystal, of course - controls five distinct autonomous driving modes. Bentley doesn't see that changing in the self-driving future and continues to focus on evolving the ultra-premium experience to keep pace with changing technology and preferences.More news: Super Mario Maker 2 Now Has Two Million User-Made Levels
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. Positioning itself as far as 2035, the auto features both autonomous and self-driven experiences mixing in many sustainable materials and futuristic AI technologies.
Upon plunging through the EXP 100 GT's massive butterfly doors, the driver and three passengers succumb to the embrace of individual adaptable, biometric seats. Reactive seat surfaces respond to passenger position while driving, and automatically offer improved support where necessary, says Bentley. The sensors are scattered throughout the interior to track everything from eye movements to blood pressure so that the vehicle can customize settings to keep you comfortable.
Passengers can choose from five distinct modes, including "Enhance", which harvests light, sound and smell from outside of the vehicle to deliver an "open air" like experience, and "Cocoon", which does the exact opposite, while "Re-Live" can replay highlights from your journey. The Custom setting allows you to mix and match the four modes and can be selected by the driver or passenger.More news: Google Home Smart Speakers, Ranked from Best to Worst
The EXP 100 GT represents the kinds of cars we want to make in the future. There's even a delivery system to fetch things from the front storage trunk and an AI-powered luxury service system that connects to outside service providers.
Directly inspired by the R-Type Continental of the 1950s, the bulging rear haunches give the EXP the profile of a voracious predator about to leap savagely atop its prey, a look helped along by the forward-rushing character lines.
One of the main highlights is the illuminated matrix grille and the famous Flying B mascot, which lights up when you approach the vehicle. Meanwhile at the rear, a horseshoe section of the boot is comprised of a three-dimensional OLED screen where lighting effects blend in with the car's rear lamps. The paint uses a special pigment made from rice husk ash, a harmful byproduct of the rice industry, to open up a range of autumnal colors. 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.More news: Countries restricting media freedom must pay price: UK's Hunt