Bentley's first fully-electric vehicle will take your breath away

New details have been released about Bentley's first all-electric car - which, to be honest, sounds terrifying.

Adrian Hallmark, CEO of the company, revealed to Automotive News Europe (opens in new tab) that the unnamed Bentley EV will boast 1,400 horsepower (1,044 kilowatts), and will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 1.5 seconds.

The car isn't scheduled for delivery until 2025, but those figures would place the all-electric Bentley at the top of our list of the world's fastest accelerating electric cars - which is currently topped by the Rimac Nevera, which can run from 0-60mph in 1.85 seconds.

However, Hallmark believes that despite the Bentley EV's "brutal" speed, its true selling point will be the car's "effortless overtaking performance from a massive amount of torque on demand."

"People like the 30-70 mph acceleration or in Germany, the 30-150 mph acceleration," the CEO said, noting that the "problem" with high 0-60 mph speeds is that they become "uncomfortable" and "nauseous". 

In the unlikely event owners find Bentley's standard speeds hard to handle, they can switch to a 'slower' acceleration setting - one that propels the car from 0-60mph in just 2.7 seconds. 

Regarding the appearance of the monstrous Bentley, the famously sophisticated automaker has made a point of avoiding the aesthetic pitfalls of other electric vehicle manufacturers (the less said about the BMW XM, the better). 

Despite being called a saloon-cum-supercar, Bentley will not try to make it look like an electric vehicle, Hallmark said, noting that the car will be an updated version of the company's existing design. 

The EXP 100 GT concept was unveiled by Bentley earlier this year as a way to imagine "grand touring in 2035," so there's a good chance the brand's first EV could have more than a few similarities to that sleek spaceship-like model.

Having said that, that interstellar elegance comes with a price. In an interview with Automotive News Europe, CEO Hallmark said at least one EV model will cost more than €250,000 (around $260,000 / £210,000 / AU$375,000).

Electrified vehicles of this kind are eye- expensive - the size of the ion-lithium batteries is the biggest factor - and the Rimac Nevera costs an eye-watering $2.4 million. However, we still recommend saving up those pennies as soon as possible.

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