Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept is our first, maybe best, 2015 Geneva surprise – Legend has it that Ettore Bugatti once referred to the machines from Bentley as “the world’s fastest lorries.” While a lot has changed in Crewe over the years, the company’s status as a maker of big, heavy, bruising GT cars has carried on. Then the 2015 Geneva Motor Show arrived, and Bentley dropped the EXP 10 Speed 6.
First and foremost, it’s a two-seater, rather than a 2+2, like so many Bentley coupes before. It’s svelte and curvy, all the while appearing more muscular than any other Bentley has been in a long time. Certain Bentley styling trademarks, like the way the huge rear haunches feed over the rear wheels and into the profile and egg-crate grille (complete with heritage-inspired “6″ logo) are there, but there’s so much new here.
The powerful scooped hood, pert rear end and massive ducts behind the front wheels are decidedly more aggressive than what we’ve come to expect from Bentley, while the slim rear taillights are a different take on the units found on the Continental GT. The headlights, meanwhile, carry on the look of modern Bentleys, but feature a beautifully intricate design in the main lamp. The outer pair of lights, meanwhile, look like a mix of accent and fog lights.
One of the biggest complaints about modern Bentleys is that their interiors are quite antiquated. The materials remain top notch, but the technology is ancient relative to the rest of the auto industry.
The EXP 10 Speed 6 finally addresses this, and in grand fashion. A gorgeous leather-wrapped steering wheel is flanked by huge leather and metal paddles, while a digital gauge cluster is a big improvement on the Conti’s analog dials. A tablet-like interface crowns the high center console, while a beautiful, fat shifter looks ready to fall right to the driver’s hand.
Check out the official images and press release on the new concept.
Thanks to autoblog.com and Bentley for the news!