Archive for August, 2019
As Bentley celebrates its centenary history, the British automaker looks toward the future featuring a showcase of their EXP 100 GT concept on their new augmented reality app. Named “Bentley 100 AR”, the app allows users to get behind the wheel themselves. At Bentley Beverly Hills, users will be able to view a full-scale virtual model of the car, with commentary from the design team.
Powered by four electric motors that produce 1,106 pound-feet of torque the EXP 100 GT can do zero to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds. Step inside and have the biometric sensors determine the best seating positions for yourself and recognize discomfort of your occupants by tracking blood pressure and eye movement. Welcome to the future of Bentley.
The Bentley centenary gained another reason to celebrate this past weekend as they were awarded best of show at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The winning car was a 1931 8.0-liter inline-six Gurney Nutting Sports Tourer owned by Sir Michael Kadoorie.
Winning at Pebble not only adds prestige to this vehicle, but tells a story of the current state of the collector car hobby. This rare 1 of 2 build has bodywork done by bespoke coachbuilder Gurney Nutting, includes a dual cowl and detachable rear wind screen. The Sports Tourer was restored in 2004 and acquired by its current owner in 2010.
“It represents Bentley at its finest— elegance, refinement. This was a 100mph car, guaranteed to travel at 100 regardless of body style… They built only 100 of them, so they’re quite rare.” Kadoorie said.
The Bentley had stiff competition as the finalists included a1938 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Figoni & Falaschi Teardrop Cabriolet, aa 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Erdmann & Rossi Special Cabriolet and a 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Coupé It’s Bentley’s first win since 1965.