Bentley strives for greater performance for its first electric vehicle, so it can become one of the fastest cars in the world.
The first EV from the British carmaker will be released in 2025 and in a recent interview Auto News EuropeBentley CEO Adrian Hallmark said it has more than 1,400 hp and can reach speeds of 60 miles (96 km / h) in just 1.5 seconds.
“If we now have a 650 hp on the GT Speed. then we will be twice as high as BEV, ”Hallmark said. “But from 0 to 60 miles per hour, the revenue will go down. The problem is that it is inconvenient. Then it just turns into nausea. “
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To solve this problem, Bentley offers EVs with different acceleration modes. “You can reach a speed of 0-100 miles in 2.7 seconds. Or you can change it for 1.5 seconds, “said Hallmark. “For us, it was not the cruelty of acceleration that could identify us.”
According to Hallmark, the main attribute of the EV will be its “idle overtaking performance”, especially between speeds such as 30-70 miles (48-112 km / h) and 30-150 miles (48-241 km / h).
Bentley did not say what the shape of its first electric car will be. What we do know is that EV is based on the Premium Performance Electric (PPE) platform developed by Audi and Porsche of the VW Group, and the automaker does not make it look like an electric car.
The cost of one version of the EV is expected to exceed 250,000 euros (~ $ 263,000). Despite the fact that this electric motor is cheaper than the current 12-cylinder engine of the automaker.
“A 12-cylinder engine is about 10 times more expensive than the average premium car engine, and the average battery is less than our 12-cylinder engine,” added Hallmark. “I can’t wait for the batteries, they are relatively cheap.”