The number of cars that cost more than a modern American home has never been greater, and though that high price tag once promised a big engine, plug-in luxury cars are now the “in” thing to own among the wealthy elite. The latest to join the ranks of eco-conscious supercars is the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept, though details hybrid drivetrain are still under wraps, which means I missed it during the initial whirlwind of news stories and big reveals
EXP 10 Speed 6 is one vision for bentley’s future – a powerful, exquisite and individual concept. “The showcar has the potential to be the new pinnacle luxury two-seat sports car. it offers thrilling, driver-oriented performance, complete with trademark modern Bentley luxury and effortlessness,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and CEO of Bentley. Indeed, this is the first plug-in concept the legendary automaker has ever built, but all the automaker has to say in its press release is about “the hybrid potential of this concept’s advanced new powertrain.” So does that mean it is a hybrid, or it isn’t? If so, what’s the 6 for? And the 10 for that matter?
Unfortunately for us, Bentley has remained stubbornly adamant that it will continue to build big engines for its deep-pocketed customers, at least until fuel economy restrictions force them to do otherwise. Hybrid drivetrains, however, allow big cars like Bentleys to maintain this large-displacement motors, while offering both better fuel economy and increase performance, and Bentley’s upcoming SUV will almost certainly offer a plug-in option. Plus, all its primary competitors seem to be settping in the same direction.
Bentley may be rooted in the past, but it must grow with the future if it hopes to remain relevant. When burning oil becomes passe, Bentley had better be on board with an alternative.