Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept may be showroom bound
A dream machine firmly rooted in reality, the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept got its grand unveiling in Geneva. Melding the best of Bentley's high-performance heritage with its hand-crafted pedigree, this striking one-off coupe is loaded with promise. "The EXP 10 Speed 6 is one vision for Bentley's future," commented Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, "with the potential to be the new pinnacle luxury two-seat sports car." According to Dürheimer, the EXP 10 Speed 6 may serve as an anchor to a future Bentley model line. It also incorporates styling cues that will likely influence the look of other upcoming vehicles.
Inspired by the contours and surfaces of aircraft wings and fuselages, the exterior of EXP 10 Speed 6 displays a lean, muscular character that remains unmistakably Bentley at its core. Finished in a unique metallic British Racing Green, the car matches flowing lines and bold proportions with brilliant detailing -- most notably on its re-imagined mesh grille, side vents and exhaust outlets - made possible by the use of 3D metal printing technology. Even the EXP 10 Speed 6's headlights feature an exquisite cross-hatch design etched into each lens.
A blend of old and new
The reinvention process is equally evident inside the cabin of this new Bentley show car, where the cockpit reflects an amalgam of classic and contemporary cues. It starts with a dash that pairs a mechanical tachometer with a digital instrument cluster and continues on with a narrow center console that houses a 12.0-inch touchscreen as well as various rotary controls with surfaces rendered in a 3D mix of copper and steel along with an elegantly crafted shift lever made from aluminum, copper and cherry wood. Each of the EXP 10 Speed 6's bucket-style sport seats is trimmed in quilted Poltrana Frau leather - a design motif reprised in its hide-covered door panels that feature a similar 3D-diamond look milled directly into cherry wood inserts set off with copper accents. The well-tailored rear of the cabin holds a 4-piece set of custom luggage.
It's believed the EXP 10 Speed 6 is fitted with some form of advanced hybrid powertrain and also features all-wheel drive. However, Bentley officials have confirmed no details about what lies beneath the car's long, low hood. If reports out of Europe prove true, expect to see a production version of the EXP 10 Speed 6 in about three years.
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