British automaker Bentley has revealed new details about its showtime all-electric automobile – and, to be frank, it sounds absolutely terrifying.
In a recent interview with Automotive News Europe, company CEO Adrian Authentication claimed that the unnamed Bentley EV volition avowal an omnipotent one,400 horsepower (1,044 kilowatts) and be capable of accelerating from 0 to 60mph in equally lilliputian as 1.v seconds.
The machine isn’t slated to arrive until 2025, but those figures would put Bentley’s all-electric debut at the summit of our list of the fastest accelerating electric cars in the globe – a ranking currently capped by the Rimac Nevera, which can sprint from 0-60mph in merely 1.85 seconds.
Despite the Bentley EV’s “brutal” speed, though, Hallmark believes that the car’s biggest selling betoken will instead be its “effortless overtaking performance from a huge amount of torque on need.”
“Most people enjoy the xxx-seventy mph acceleration, or in Germany the 30-150 mph acceleration,” the CEO said, adding that the “problem” with loftier 0-threescore speeds is that the driver inevitably becomes “uncomfortable” and “nauseous”.
Bentley will, therefore, offer owners a ‘slower’ acceleration setting – one propelling them from 0-60mph in a mere 2.vii seconds – if owners detect the automobile’s standard speeds likewise hard to breadbasket.
Equally for how the abominable Bentley will look, the famously sophisticated automaker is keen to avoid falling into the aforementioned aesthetic traps as other EV manufacturers (the less said about the BMW XM, the better).
“What we volition not do is try and make [our vehicles] look like electrical cars,” Hallmark said, adding that the pattern of Bentley’s new saloon-cum-supercar volition be an updated version of the make’s existing look.
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Bentley unveiled its EXP 100 GT concept back in 2022 every bit a means of exploring “how chiliad touring could look in 2035,” and so at that place’s every take chances that the brand’s start EV could acquit more than a few aesthetic similarities to this spaceship-like model.
Naturally, though, that interstellar elegance volition come at a cost. CEO Authentication told Automotive News Europe that at to the lowest degree one variant of the EV will cost in excess of €250,000 (that’s around $260,000 / £210,000 / AU$375,000).
In fairness, electric vehicles of this type cost an eye-watering amount to produce – the sheer size of the ion-lithium batteries required are the main culprit – and the price tag of the aforementioned Rimac Nevera sits at a tidy $2.4 million, but we’d nevertheless recommend saving those pennies every bit shortly as possible.
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