The 2017 Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept is the follow up to the EXP 10 Speed 6 coupe concept that debuted at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. Now, exactly two years to that date, we have a new and improved, drop top, all electric version of the EXP 10 concept that will hopefully give us some insight into the direction Bentley is willing to take in the future.
The EXP 12 Speed 6e features an exemplary design, both inside and out. The sleek exterior is said to be influenced by “contemporary architecture, aircraft fuselages and the geometry of the natural world”. Moreover, some standout exterior features include matrix grille with the illuminating “6e” on the center, copper design elements, cameras instead of side mirrors and the muscular front haunch. Bentley also goes sportier than ever with the short front overhang, long bonnet and wide, planted rear.
Being an electric car, the EXP 12 Speed 6e offers great sustainability, particularly with the two bonnet scoops that that also work as heat sinks that will drop keep down the temperatures of the battery and drivetrain, eliminating the need for an additional cooling system.
Inside, innovative materials and technology can be found throughout the cabin. Firstly, the central tunnel is hewn from a solid piece of glass, which includes the high-definition OLED curved display. All the necessary features can be accessed from here. From the design standpoint, the same copper detailing from the exterior makes its way inside, and to the gear selector and the Bentley Dynamic Drive dial control. Even the door panels include some contrasting copper accents that blend perfectly with its beautiful, handcrafted wood finishes.
Good news is, Bentley says this concept and its design represent a future of their design direction, so we will hopefully see some of these features in some new Bentley models that will be coming out in the near future.
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Engine and Powertrain
There are no specifications currently available, but Bentley did say that this new concept is built with rapid inductive charging in mind. A system that will deliver the abundant amount of range that is needed for long trips through the countryside without a single recharge. Their goal for this new EXP 12 Speed is to provide a grand touring experience, meaning long drives in a comfortable environment that is eco-friendly to boot. This new 2017 Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept represents the first step in a journey that will hopefully advance the way people think about mobility in this day and age.
2017 Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept Release Date and Price
At the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, Bentley has not disclosed if they have any plans of a production version of the 2017 Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept. However, the Bentley Continental will be due for an update in a couple of years and the EXP 12 Speed concept could very well set precedent for the next generation Continental as well as the general direction Bentley is willing to take in the future.
But, those are only our hopes and wishes, and we are yet to see what the future holds for the 2017 Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept.
The 2017 Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show:
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