Set to arrive in 2025, the first Bentley EV is shockingly fast
Possibly becoming the quickest accelerating production car ever, the first Bentley EV will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 1.5 seconds. Yes, one and a half seconds. That’s not a typo.
With 1,400 horses, the first Bentley EV would easily outrun the Tesla Model S Plaid and the Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance. What’s crazier is that’s not even the intended selling point made by the British marque. It’s the torque that would entice consumers.
Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark stated the following:
Most people enjoy the 30 to 70 mph (50-113 km/h) acceleration, or in Germany the 30 to 150 mph (50-240 km/h) acceleration. If we are 650 HP now with GT Speed, we will be double that with the BEV. But from a 0 to 60 mph point of view there are diminishing returns. The problem is, it’s uncomfortable. The thrill of 2.4 seconds to 60 mph (~97 km/h) is great about 10 times. Then it just becomes nauseous.
Bentley will allow their consumers to adjust the first Bentley EV’s acceleration speed setting and tone it down to 0 to 60 in 2.7 seconds. That’s still blazing fast, but we might stick with the 1.5 setting if we were to be honest.
There’s no news on how the new EV will look besides the fact that its design is built upon the Bentley lineup of the Continental GT coupe, Flying Spur sedan, and Bentayga SUV. There’s word that one version of the vehicle will cost more than $262,000. Hallmark confirmed that the first Bentley EV will not be a sedan.
The British marque’s first EV will be based on Porsche and Audi’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE) and will go into production at their plant in Crewe, England in 2025.