British automaker Bentley has revealed new details of its first all-electric car – and frankly, it sounds absolutely awful.
In a recent interview with Europe’s car newsCEO Adrian Holmark claimed that the unnamed Bentley EV would have an all-powerful 1,400 horsepower (1,044 kilowatts) and would be capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 1.5 seconds.
The car is not planned to appear until 2025, but these figures will put the fully electric debut of Bentley at the top of our list the fastest electric cars in the world – The rating is currently limited to the Rimac Nevera, which can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 1.85 seconds.
Despite the “brutal” speed of the Bentley EV, Hallmark believes that the car’s biggest selling point will be its “effortless overtaking performance from the huge amount of on-demand torque”.
“Most people like to accelerate 30-70 miles per hour, and in Germany – acceleration 30-150 miles per hour,” – said the CEO, adding that the “problem” with high speeds of 0-60 is that the driver inevitably becomes ” uncomfortable “and” nauseous “. “.
Thus, Bentley offers owners a “slower” acceleration setting – acceleration from 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds – if owners find the standard car speed too difficult to emulate.
As for what Bentley’s beasts will look like, the notoriously refined automaker strives not to fall into the same aesthetic traps as other EV manufacturers (much less said about BMW XMthe better).
“What we are not going to do is try to do it [our vehicles] look like electric cars, ”Holmark said, adding that the design of the new Bentley supercar would be an updated version of the brand’s existing look.
Bentley unveiled its EXP 100 GT concept back in 2019 to find out “what a grand tour might look like in 2035”, so there’s every chance that the brand’s first EV may have more than a few aesthetic similarities with this space-like model. ship.
However, naturally, this interstellar elegance will come at a price. Hallmark CEO told Automotive News Europe that at least one EV option would cost more than 250,000 euros (that’s about $ 260,000 / £ 210,000 / A $ 375,000).
In fairness, the production of this type of electric vehicle is staggering – the main culprit is the huge size of the necessary lithium-ion batteries – and the price of the aforementioned Rimac Nevera is $ 2.4 million, but we I would still recommend saving these pennies as as soon as possible.