Bentley is turning their old-school design elements into a technological dream sports car… concept. With the help of some desirable tech aspects and exclusive materials, the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept sports car (Bentley’s first hybrid sports car) has an interior worth studying, and a lightweight exterior worth admiring. “This was motivated purely by a styling opportunity and an exercise to show where the brand can go,” said Bentley’s Head of Interior Design Brett Boydell.
Recently, at the Geneva Motor Show, when this one-and-only model was unveiled, an outpour of admiration is exactly what was shown in return. “The demand and the response from the audience at Geneva was so dramatic that it may not be a concept car for long,” said Boydell, at a recent showing of the EXP 10 Speed 6 in New York.
The car’s exterior is a gleaming green that was created specifically for it. The body of the EXP 10 Speed 6 sits low to the ground, and has two wing-like car doors. “We’ve got this extended bolster so that you can slide into the car,” said Boydell. “The sill and the seat blend into one.”
Cherry wood is chiseled in prism-like detailing along the inside door panels. Next to the touchscreen dashboard, all of the interior knobs glisten with a copper shine. “On the knurling, which is the kind of finish you feel when you touch everything, we’ve milled all the way through so you can see the copper.” The leather interior is a custom hide provided by Poltrona Frau, and then handled by Bentley’s in-house craftsman.
In conjunction with the head of Exterior Design, Sangyup Lee, Boydell wanted to “hone in on all of the detail areas and make just an absolute piece of jewelry out of every single design element.”
A piece of jewelry, a modern machine, and so much more, the EXP 10 Speed 6 sports car concept shines with a clear design path for Bentley’s future.