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Bentley Promises 'Brutal' Acceleration in New EV

May 20, 2022 Eric Sorensen
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Bentley Promises 'Brutal' Acceleration in New EV
Show Notes

When you’re driving, there’s acceleration and there’s testing the very bounds of time, space and human endurance. The upcoming Bentley EV will tilt toward the latter.

In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark promised that his company’s electric vehicle will sport 1,400 horsepower and go from 0-60 mph in a bonkers 1.5 seconds. Most current lists have even the fastest 0-60 mph times hovering around 2 seconds, so yeah, this car will pulverize you.

Hallmark said the current Bentley Continental GT Speed is at 650 horsepower and that the Bentley EV will double that. But he warned of diminishing returns with such rapid acceleration. “The problem is, it's uncomfortable,” he said. “The thrill of 2.4 seconds to 60 mph is great about 10 times. Then it just becomes nauseous."

However, Bentley will leave it up to the driver, who can stick with 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds or switch it to 1.5 seconds. So, you can decide if you’d like to turn your brains into mashed potatoes. But with a 12-cylinder engine, you’ll probably be going fast no matter how carefully you drive.

Hallmark said though that the “brutality of acceleration” won’t be the defining trait of the Bentley EV, but rather its ability to easily overtake other vehicles due to the huge amount of torque on demand.

The Bentley EV won’t go into production until 2025 and one variant may cost as much as 250,000 Euros, so there’s still time to save your money and prepare your body to endure the physical rigors this insanely powerful vehicle will wreak upon it.