At the Geneva auto show on Tuesday, Bentley surprised everyone with wheeling out their all-new electric concept version of the automaker’s upcoming Speed 6 sports coupe, called the EXP 12 Speed 6e.
The all-new electric concept version is also a convertible version, too.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said that “the EXP 12 Speed 6e is a concept to show that Bentley is defining electric motoring in the luxury sector, with the appropriate technology, high-quality materials and refinement levels you’d expect from a true Bentley. This concept enables us to engage with luxury customers and gather feedback on our approach. Bentley is committed to offering an electric model in its future portfolio and we are interested to receive feedback on this concept.”
As of now, Bentley will not give away any details on the range or the charging times for the new electric concept vehicle. However, the automaker claims that the Speed 6e “would, for example, be able to drive between London and Paris or Milan and Monaco on a single charge and the on board experience will be enhanced for both driver and passenger thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art technology.”
This technology is some of the most up-to-date technology yet seen by Bentley, including the curved centre console made from glass. Behind the curved centre console sits a massive OLED touch screen, which takes over most of the car’s major controls.
On the steering wheel, handmade, cut-glass sections contain the controls for media, communications, navigation and car set-up. The car will also feature two buttons at the top of the cut-away steering wheel, one that offers an instant performance boost and the other that offers the ability to limit speed, for example, in urban areas.
Meanwhile, the passenger has their own control panel on the front fascia with access to social media, email and entertainment.
The Speed 6e features the usual leather interior, but it is also highlighted with copper, a nod to the electric drivetrain.
As far as the look of the outside of the vehicle, the Speed 6 will not change much from its original concept for production, and it will keep the long-bonnet, short-overhangs styling which come from using the same chassis as the new Porsche Panamera.
The petrol Speed 6 will go on sale next year. Then, the convertible will go on sale in 2019, following the petrol Speed 6.