For many years now, the Bentley formula has stayed largely the same. There’s nothing wrong with that — when something is working so perfectly, why break the mold? Despite its success in crafting high-performance luxury cars, Bentley desires to show just how far the brand can go in the future. This week, Bentley revealed the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept Car, a dashing two-seat roadster with a design fit for applause. It is masterfully-styled, and while it won’t arrive in the flesh at the Geneva Motor Show, it’ll give its competitors a run for their money.
The Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept owes its progressive, athletic shape to inspiration from aircraft design. It is expressive, aerodynamic and precise, a wide-and-low body that is angled slightly toward the road ahead. For an exterior so luxurious, it shows confident restraint instead of flash and circumstance.
The interior of the Bentley EXP 10 is a world unto itself. It is one of the most elegant interior concepts we’ve seen, a careful blend of next-gen technology and old-world materials. Its tan leather upholstery is finely shaped around the curvy contours of the cabin. Diamond knit patterns grace both of the EXP 10’s seats, yielding a look that recalls an exquisite old portfolio case or the wooden watercraft of a century ago. Alongside these classical details is a curved touchscreen panel with a brushed metal case. The vehicle’s infotainment suite is accessed here, and the panel is anchored by a fine wood and steel gearshift.
Of the new Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6, Bentley’s Head of Advanced Design, spoke the truth: “When I judge a sports car, I have a simple logic. Unless you fall in love with it at first sight, the car is a failure.”
Touché, Bentley. We’re certainly infatuated.