Bentley Motors showcased its future direction of luxury and performance out of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept model at the “Geneva International Motor Show 2015”.The concept is a total British interpretation of a sports coupe car characterized with a modern design and highly skilled handcrafting in addition to the finest materials and advanced performance technology.
From the extreme success of the company’s early years in motor races to the international motorsport present success, ‘speed’ is part of Bentley’s DNA. This inspiration is expressed throughout the EXP 10 Speed 6, where iconic Bentley design cues are fused with progressive craftsmanship techniques and modern technologies.
Copper is used by Bentley as accents to both exterior and interior features to highlight the performance of hybrid potential of the advanced new powertrain system. Performance goals including top speed are set to challenge competitors and define a new segment benchmarks.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, the chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, commented:
“EXP 10 Speed 6” is considered as a vision of Bentley’s future – a powerful, exquisite and individual concept. The showcased car has the potential to be the new pinnacle luxury sports Coupe car. It offers thrilling performance to the driver, and integrates with the modern luxury and smoothness of Bentley’s trademark.
“It could be a future model line production alongside the Continental GT and redefine the pinnacle of another market sector. Moreover, the styling of the EXP 10 Speed 6 could positively influence the expansion of the Bentley’s family. This is not just a new sports car concept – but the predictable Bentley sports car – a bold vision of a brand with promising future.”
Modern design but obviously stills “Bentley”
As for the exterior design of EXP 10 Speed 6, it is an expression of muscular sport surfaces inspired from the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages and wings. The ethos of the design was focused on developing contemporary interpretations of Bentley styling cues, which have been brought together with beauty and quality. The result is a tremendous coupe car, with modern surfaces whilst keeping clearly the Bentley’s features.
Creating exciting contemporary ideas from classic is evident across the car, starting from the new interpretation of the iconic Bentley matrix grille and four-round headlamps to the paint color considered as a deeper, richer and heavily metallic version of “British Racing Green” color car. The principles of Bentley’s luxury have been applied in new and invigorating ways that use the latest technologies and techniques.
The shapes and lines of EXP 10 Speed 6 represent a dynamic sculpture, creating harmony between sharp lines and flowing surfaces and using curved surfaces to imply speed. In addition to the combination between muscular dimensions and a sporty stance – through the use of a short front distances preceding for the axle of the wheel, a long bonnet, a low front grille and wide rear shape with a long C-post – the exterior styling hints shows high speed potential of this car.
Besides, every exterior material and each individual detail is designed according to modern Bentley style. Cutting-edge 3D metal printing technology has allowed the front grille, 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 textures to the precision glass of the headlamps.
These exterior elements came together to offer a Bentley for the next generation – lean, toned and exquisitely precise, designed around new evolutions of the design elements that unite all Bentleys from the past, the present and the future.
Bentley’s Most Performance-Orientated Luxury Cabin
The inspiration for the interior comes from the continuous line that runs around the cabin, going 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 middle console which contains exquisite driver controls and a highly intuitive 12” touch screen. These features combine futuristic technology seamlessly with progressive Bentley’s craftsmanship.
Each detail has taken core Bentley’s interior DNA principles as a start point forward. 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 invent a two-metal 3D texture.
Continuing the fusion of traditional materials and contemporary design touches, the doors of EXP 10 Speed 6 feature with 3D quilting milled directly into solid cherry wood. Each resulting diamond from this process is finished with a copper Central touch.
The middle console integrates digital information with tactile controls via a curved touch screen housed in an aluminum frame. The fascia instruments deploy from a flat position into the driver’s view as the car is started using the floating “B” button integrated into a non-symmetrical gearbox finished with aluminum, copper and cherry wood touch. The mechanic speedometer and digital screen are combined to provide a perfect balance of modern driver information and analogue beauty.
As for The rear interior space, it is divided into two compartments designed to put a specifically designed four-piece luggage set. Like the rest of the interior, the rear has been trimmed by the master craftsmen at Bentley Company using the highest quality of “Poltrona Frau” leather.