WELL-LOVED GREEN: Bentley is displaying a high-performance two seater sports car in Geneva. Image: Newspress.
GENEVA, Switzerland - Bentley Motors says it is showing the future direction of luxury and performance with the EXP 10 Speed 6 at the 2015 Geneva auto show.
It's a concept with a British interpretation of a high-performance two-seater sports car using modern automotive design, as well as hand-crafting and advanced performance technology.
From the racing success of the company’s early years to the international motorsport success of today, speed is part of Bentley’s DNA, the developers say. This inspiration is expressed throughout the EXP 10 Speed 6, where iconic Bentley design cues are fused with craftsmanship techniques and modern technologies.
Copper elements are used as accents to both exterior and interior features to highlight the performance hybrid potential of the concept’s new power train.
BRAND WITH BOLD FUTURE
The chairperson and chief executive of Bentley Motors, Wolfgang Dürheimer, said: "The EXP 10 Speed 6 is one vision for Bentley’s future... it's a powerful, exquisite and individual concept. The show car has the potential to be the new pinnacle luxury two-seater sports car. It offers thrilling, driver-oriented performance, complete with trademark modern Bentley luxury and effortlessness.
"It could be a future model line, alongside the Continental GT and redefining the pinnacle of another market sector. The styling of the EXP 10 Speed 6 could influence the expansion of the Bentley family. This is not just a new sports car concept, but the potential Bentley sports car, which is a bold vision for a brand with a bold future.”
The exterior design of EXP 10 Speed 6, the developers say, is an expression of muscular, athletic surfaces inspired by the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages and wings.
Creating exciting contemporary ideas from classic starting points is evident across the car, from the new interpretation of the Bentley matrix grille and four-round headlights to the paint colour – a deeper, richer and heavily metallic version of green.
The shapes and lines of EXP 10 Speed 6, Bentley says, represent a dynamic sculpture, creating harmony between sharp lines and flowing surfaces and using twisted surfaces to imply speed.
The Bentley mesh grille is no longer a flat lattice plane; it has 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 headlights.
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 doors and looping back into the console armrest.
Two quilted sports seats are positioned either side of the narrow centre console which houses driving controls and a 20cm touch screen.
Each detail has taken core Bentley interior DNA principles and moved them forwards. The classic Bentley knurledsurface is a feature throughout the controls of the car, but now created using steel and copper together to create a two-metal 3D texture.
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 in the highest quality Poltrona Frau leather.
CLASSIC INTERIOR: Two quilted sports seats are positioned either side of the Bentley's narrow centre console. Image: Newspress
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