By Angus Frazer
This story originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.
From the timeless to the technologically fantastic, we have selected the very best in automobile innovation. Highlighting the classic cars that created a legend, alongside the latest offerings on the road that will turn heads, our rundown of top cars is sure to inspire those in the market for a new ride.
Walter Owen Bentley, or WO as he was known, had an ambition: “To build a fast car, a good car, the best in its class.” That ambition became a reality when the first car to bear his name pulled out of New Street Mews in London in 1919. Luxury and performance were the ideals that WO vigorously pursued, and the same holds true for the people who create Bentley’s modern models today at the company’s HQ in Crewe, England. Having been incorporated into Volkswagen Group in 1998, Bentley has the resources to combine the very latest technology with its traditional leather and wood finishing. bentleymotors.com
EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept
Today, manufacturers of luxury performance cars face challenges that cannot be overcome simply by fitting larger engines or bolting on superchargers. They must negotiate their way through a minefield littered with stringent legislation as they seek to develop new propulsion sources capable of delivering sustainable mobility. The recently revealed EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept shows Bentley’s take on the future. The stunning-looking electric roadster is capable of being driven from London to Paris or Milan to Monaco on a single charge. It’s still a concept at this stage, but it shows what Bentley is aiming to produce in the future.
THE EXP 12 SPEED 6E CONCEPT IN NUMBERS
Unveiled Geneva 2017
Body 2-seat roadster
Power source electric
Recharging method contact-free inductive
Range approximately 220 miles