Craft / November 2019

Trim and Proper – Bentley’s dedication to detail

Find out why the bespoke creation of the Bentley EXP 100 GT interior was an evolution of heritage artisanship and futuristic technologies.

When talking about concept cars, I'm reminded of a line in the 1995 cult teen flick Clueless, in which Alicia Silverstone's character Cher is asked by her best friend Tai whether she thinks another friend, Amber, is pretty: "She's a full-on Monet. […] It's like a painting, see. From far away it's okay, but up close it's a big ol' mess." This is because in many cases, the cars exist almost exclusively in the 'conceptual' with little thought for how they might adapt, one day, to the actual. From afar they are all stunning lines and mood lighting, but get up close and you realise that what you are actually viewing is more of a superficial shell with little to no realistic vision for production. Bentley’s EXP 100 GT completely shatters that theory.

When The Rake was invited to see the new EXP 100 GT, to commemorate Bentley's centenary but also to usher in the next 35 years of automobile development, it became very apparent that this was no moonshot project, but rather a very painstakingly thought out engineering vision with a clear goal - to completely evolve the driving experience in the next three decades. Everything had been designed with a roadmap that would catalyse the not-so-far-off realisation of what we were seeing in front of us.

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Ryan Thompson