Bentley's 100th birthday came to America during Monterey Car Week.
Last month, Bentley lifted the wraps off the extraordinary EXP 100 Concept to celebrate the automaker's centenary this year. One month later, the EXP 100 made its North American debut at Monterey Car Week 2019, and to celebrate Bentley has released new photos of the striking concept car taken on the Monterey Peninsula. The EXP 100 GT made its North American debut at The Quail – A Motorsports Gathering, before being displayed at the Home of Bentley and featuring alongside the Concept Lawn at the Concours d'Elegance on Sunday.
The EXP 100 GT Concept previews Bentley's future design direction and envisions what a grand tourer could look like in 2035. Four electric motors produce a combined 1,340 horsepower and 1,100 lb-ft of torque, enabling the grand tourer to sprint from 0-62 mph in under 2.5 seconds and top out at 186 mph, while the lightweight battery offers a range of 435 miles. Bentley also introduced the all-new Flying Spur at the automaker's Signature Party to 400 VIP guests.
As part of its centenary celebration at Monterey, Bentley also hosted a special 21-car parade at the iconic Laguna Seca raceway led by the 1929 4½-litre Team Blower, record-breaking Pikes Peak Continental GT and new Continental GT V8 Convertible, along with heritage pre-war Bentleys that had completed the W.O. Bentley Tour up the California coastline.
At the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, almost 60 Bentleys filled six individual classes. Highlights included the gathering of the three most famous Speed Six models (Old Numbers 1, 2 and 3) and three of just four Team Blowers ever built. The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie's exquisite 1931 8 Litre Gurney Nutting Sports Tourer was awarded the prestigious 'Best of Show' award. Bentley's 100th birthday celebration will culminate in America with a Bentley Centenary Celebration and Parade through Manhattan on 19th October.
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