British carmaker Bentley has revealed new details about its first all-electric car – and, to be frank, it sounds absolutely terrifying.
In a recent interview with Automotive News Europe, company CEO Adrian Hallmark claimed that the unnamed Bentley EV would have an almighty 1,400 horsepower (1,044 kilowatts) and would be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 1.5 seconds.
The car isn’t expected to arrive until 2025, but those numbers would put Bentley’s all-electric debut at the top of our list of the fastest-accelerating electric cars in the world – a ranking currently capped by the Rimac Nevera, which can sprint from 0- 60 mph in just 1.85 seconds.
Despite the Bentley EV’s “brutal” speed, Hallmark believes the car’s main selling point will instead be its “effortless passing performance from a massive amount of torque on demand.”
“Most people enjoy 30-70mph acceleration, or in Germany 30-150mph acceleration,” the CEO said, adding that the “problem” with high speeds of 0-60 is that the driver inevitably becomes “uncomfortable” and “nauseous”. “.
Bentley will therefore offer owners a “slower” acceleration setting – one that takes them from 0-60mph in just 2.7 seconds – if owners find the car’s standard speeds too much to bear.
As for the appearance of the Bentley beast, the famously sophisticated automaker is keen to avoid falling into the same aesthetic traps as other EV makers (the less said about the BMW XM, the better).
“What we won’t do is try to make [our vehicles] look like electric cars,” Hallmark said, adding that the design of Bentley’s new sedan-supercar will be an updated version of the brand’s existing look.
Bentley unveiled its EXP 100 GT concept in 2019 to explore “what grand touring might look like in 2035”, so there’s every chance the brand’s first electric vehicle could bear more than a few aesthetic similarities to this spaceship model.
Naturally, however, this interstellar elegance will come at a price. The Hallmark CEO told Automotive News Europe that at least one variant of the EV will cost more than €250,000 (or around $260,000 / £210,000 / AU$375,000).
In fairness, electric vehicles of this type are very expensive to produce – the sheer size of the lithium-ion batteries required is the main culprit – and the price of the aforementioned Rimac Nevera sits at $ 2.4 million, but we I would still recommend saving those pennies ASAP.