If you know me, then you know I have a passion for concept vehicles. My latest addition from GT Spirit makes the grand total of twenty-four to date. The car in question is one of their latest releases in 1:18 scale, the Bentley EXP 10 Concept. As Bentley calls it, the car is an homage to the 1920s tour de force sporting Bentleys of the era. This two-seater concept highlights where the brand is heading and some of the future technology of the day. With Bentley’s forward vision approach, this sleek and stylish concept is easy on the eyes, so no wonder many gravitate to the model. Currently there isn’t anything other that 1:43 available in scale. And most likely nothing more will be released. If I’m not mistaken, I recently read that GT Spirit’s license only covers one colour, so this could be the first and last piece from them.
The first thing that strikes when un-boxing the model is the deep rich green exterior paint. One of GT Spirit’s strong points is executing flawless paint-work for most models they release, and this one is no exception. As you are aware, GT Spirit’s bread and butter are resin models with closed-body design, which is a shame in this case. Shut-lines and panel gaps are perfect. Overall style cues front to back are replicated nicely. Other than the poorly attached passenger lower badge (it’s peeling away for the body), the exterior is well done. Hopefully my open case with GT Spirit to provide a replacement badge will prove successful.
My favourite styling element of the EXP 10 Concept is the front end, specifically the centre grille with the ghosting number 6 in the centre. Very cool and very unique. GT Spirit represented this well. Though the lower grille is not perforated, their technique looks great. They also have the Bentley name within the headlight; some may miss this detail as the script is extremely small. Well done!
Rear bumper is straight forward, it presents no obvious issues. There is no access to the storage, but the large glass gives us a glimpse to what’s inside. GT Spirit replicated the diamond pattern leather workings and included the entire luggage set as per the 1:1. My only gripe, the end result is toy-like in appearance with a plastic look and finish.
This leads us into the interior. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of detail; it is nowhere near the actual car, as the real deal is off the charts. What is good here is all areas were attended to: dash, centre console, and door cards. The door cards especially need to be called out, the team used a unique material and texture to represent the lush leather of the original, and they succeeded in my opinion.
The rollers on the EXP 10 Concept are massive and why not! GT Spirit’s representation as always is solid. Based on the number of photos I studied, the rear brake calipers seem to be available in two configurations, front mounted or rear mounted. This model has them in the rear, which aligns with Bentley’s EXP 10 Concept on their website.
The Bentley EXP 10 Concept isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but there is a niche segment of collectors that appreciate these concept pieces, and I’m one of them. GT Spirit’s execution and price point is solid to say the least. Adding the DiecastSociety.com discount, it can be had for 89 Euro through many of our sponsors, which is a fair price indeed. If you’re looking to expand your Bentley assortment or want a neat piece of eye candy on the shelf, the EXP 10 Concept hits the mark. Enjoy the pics!