In a subtle (or not) difference with the general brands, the luxury firms have made the specifications of their future electric cars the best kept secret. A good example is Bentley whose first ‘zero emissions’ model will arrive in 2025but we still don’t know anything about it.
Fortunately, in a recent interview with Auto News Europethe CEO of the brand Adrian Hallmark has dropped a couple of facts that will hit us in the seat, literally: its power will be around 1,400 hp and will accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in just 1.5 seconds.
1,400 hp… but not for racing
To put these figures in context, this future Bentley would be able to leave beasts like the Tesla Model S Plaid or the Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance, which respectively deliver 1,020 and 1,111 CV and continue to appear, for now, among the fastest electric cars on the planet.
It is also a first example of what its power plant will be able to docalled ‘Octopus’ and that raises the concept of two twin engines linked by the transmission, whose coils do not use copper but a compound from other recycled metals.
But as promising as these ingredients are, they won’t lead to a recipe for ‘absurd speed’. Next, Hallmark himself ensures that the new model will maintain the spirit of Gran Turismo that characterizes the British firmsince “for us, the brutality of acceleration does not define us”.
And this is how he explains it: “If we now have 650 CV con el GT Speed, the electric will have double. But from the perspective of 0 to 100, the benefits decrease. […]. The feel of the 2.4 seconds from 0 to 100 is fine about ten times. Then it becomes unbearable“.
However, it also states that the owner will be able to choose two levels of ‘kick’ between 1.5 and 2.7 seconds, which will allow so much power to be harnessed for what, in Bentley’s opinion, is what they are really looking for your customers: the ability to overtake with little effort.
Be that as it may, there are still many leaves to tear out on the calendar until 2025, the year in which we will be able to check if the first Bentley of the ‘Beyond 100’ strategy is really faithful to the centenary philosophy of its emblem. For now, the words of the CEO of the brand provide a certain tranquility.
(Images of the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept car and the Bentley Continental GT V8)