Bentley has ambitions for great performance for its first electric car, making it one of the fastest-growing cars in the world.
The British carmaker’s first EV will hit the market in 2025 and during a recent interview Auto News EuropeBentley CEO Adrian Hallmark suggests that it could be above 1,400 hp and capable of hitting 60 miles (96 km / h) in just 1.5 seconds.
“If we now get 650 hp with GT speed, we will double with BEV,” Hallmark said. “But from a 0 to 60 mph perspective the return is low. The problem is, it’s uncomfortable. And then it becomes nauseous. “
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To get this problem, Bentley will offer EV with different acceleration modes. “You can get 0-60mph speed in 2.7 seconds. Or it could be switched on in 1.5 seconds, “said Hallmark. “For us it would not be the brutality of acceleration that could define us.”
According to Hallmark, a key feature of the EV will be its “effortless overtaking performance”, especially between speeds of 30-70 mph (48-112 km / h) and 30-150 mph (48-241 km / h).
Bentley did not say what its first electric car would look like. What we do know is that the EVT will be based on the VW Group’s premium Performance Electric (PPE) platform for Audi and Porsche and the automaker will not design it to look like an electric car.
A variant of the EV is expected to cost more than € 250,000 (3 263,000). This comes despite the fact that the electric powertrain is cheaper than the current 12-cylinder engine of the automaker.
Hallmark added, “The 12-cylinder engine is about 10 times more than the average premium car engine and the average battery is less than our 12-cylinder engine.” “I can’t wait for the batteries, they’re relatively cheap.”