Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Plug-In Hybrid Coupe Revealed

MAR 14 2015 BY MARK KANE 7

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Bentley Motors unveiled at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show a new mysterious concept car EXP 10 Speed 6, without information on type of drivetrain or any details.

We initially did not pay attention to this high performance luxury  two seater sportscar, but as an experimental model we thought (and later confirmed) it’s a plug-in hybrid.

On the rear we found two inlets – one on the right and one on the left, which indicates one is for charging.

Bentley is already developing a plug-in hybrid SUV called Bentayga and EXP 10 Speed 6 concept eventually could be next in line.

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Press release:

“Contemporary Design, Yet Unmistakably Bentley

The exterior design of EXP 10 Speed 6 is an expression of muscular, athletic surfaces inspired by the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages and wings. The ethos of the design was to develop contemporary interpretations of Bentley styling cues, which have been brought together with beauty and precision. The result is a coupe of clean, modern surfaces whilst remaining unmistakably Bentley.

Creating exciting contemporary ideas from classic starting points is evident across the car, from the new interpretation of the iconic Bentley matrix grille and four-round headlamps to the paint colour – a deeper, richer and heavily metallic version of British Racing Green. The principles of established Bentley luxury have been applied in new and invigorating ways that use the latest technologies and techniques.

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

The shapes and lines of EXP 10 Speed 6 represent a dynamic sculpture, creating harmony between sharp lines and flowing surfaces and using twisted surfaces to imply speed. Combined with muscular proportions and an athletic stance through the use of a short front overhang, long bonnet, low grille and wide rear shape with a long C-post, the exterior styling hints at high speed potential of the car.

Every exterior material and each individual detail is designed to modern Bentley style. Cutting-edge 3D metal printing technology has allowed the grille mesh, exhausts, door handles and side vents to be delivered with micro-scale design detail precision. The iconic Bentley mesh grille, for example, is no longer a flat plane of latticework but includes varying depth with a complex 3D geometry only visible when viewed at an angle. Bentley’s renowned quilted leather has inspired three dimensional texture to the precision glass of the headlamps.

These exterior elements come together to present a Bentley for the next generation – lean, toned and exquisitely precise, designed around new evolutions of the design elements that unite all Bentleys – past, present and future.

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Bentley’s Most Performance-Orientated Luxury Cabin

The inspiration for the interior comes from the continuous line that runs around the cabin, driving through the console and into two symmetrical wings before flowing into the door and looping back into the console armrest. Two elegant quilted sports seats are positioned either side of the narrow centre console which houses exquisite driver controls and a highly intuitive 12” touch screen. These features combine futuristic technology seamlessly with progressive Bentley craftsmanship.

Each detail has taken core Bentley interior DNA principles and moved them forwards. For example, the classic and purposeful Bentley knurled surface is a feature throughout the controls of the car, but now created using steel and copper together to create a two-metal 3D texture.

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

Continuing the fusion of traditional materials and contemporary design statements, the doors of EXP 10 Speed 6 feature 3D quilting, milled directly in to solid straight-grain cherry wood. Each resulting diamond is finished with a copper centre.

The centre console integrates digital information with tactile controls via a curved touch screen housed in an aluminium frame. The fascia instruments deploy from a flat position into the drivers view as the car is started using the floating “B” button integrated in to a non-symmetrical gear lever finished in aluminium, copper and cherry wood. A mechanical rev counter and digital display combine to provide the perfect balance of modern driver information and analogue beauty.

The rear interior space is divided into two compartments designed to house a specifically designed four-piece luggage set. Like the rest of the interior, the rear has been trimmed by the master craftsmen at Bentley in the highest quality Poltrona Frau leather.”

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no details?

It is one fine looking car!

You took the words right out of my mouth – a fine looking car indeed.

More like distinctly Aston Martin

I would love to see a Tesla in this color.
If a Volt would have been available with this green shade, i would have ordered it back in 2012 instead of my blue topaz.
Quite a looker!

+1 (!)

What a wall of frou-frou, snobbish text with nary a syllable on performance or drivetrain.

Yes, it looks nice… Who needs a motor? Just park the body on the gravel driveway outside an English castle.