Bentley CEO reveals hybrid plans, says crossover will be large

2012 Bentley Continental GT V8
2012 Bentley Continental GT V8

Crossover decision coming in a few weeks

A few months ago, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer confirmed plans to offer a plug-in hybrid. Now, new details are starting to emerge about the eco-friendly powertrain.

Speaking with Car and Driver, Dürheimer revealed the plug-in hybrid system will be heavily based on Volkswagen technology. He also indicated the system could be equipped with the W12 engine as well as the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 which was recently added to the Continental GT and GTC. It will apparently use an electric motor, that is sandwiched between the engine and transmission, to give the vehicle (or vehicles) an electric-only range of approximately 25-30 km (16-19 miles).

In related news, Dürheimer said, "The design process [for the brand's crossover] is already quite advanced" despite the fact that the model hasn't been approved for production. He added the crossover will be relatively large with a "lot of space in the back."

Source: Car & Driver

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schizo schizo
Diesel Bentley...noo... Not having any diesel engines is one of the biggest separator of the Bentley from the S-Class. Diesel engines are great...but it doesn't have a place in a luxo-cruiser.
Jan 17th, 2012 6:32am
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swifthead swifthead
why not? they can be quiet and more eco-friendly, also they can have a nice sound under full throttle and yet they are more low-rev and high torque masterpiece, I think that diesel engine is more than appropriate for Bentley. Of course it must be big and turbocharged like the petrol versions are.
Jan 17th, 2012 12:55pm
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schizo schizo
I love diesels. I have a diesel GLK. It's excellent for running about town. But that's because it's a GLK. One of my business partner has a diesel S-Class. It drives well for the reasons you stated above...but no matter what you do you just can't get rid of that noise. Especially in underground parking garages even the diesel in the S-Class sounds like a diesel. Smaller displacement engines with turbo chargers have high torque for good drivability and are quiet to boot.
Mar 5th, 2012 7:49am
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mongo mongo
He added the crossover will be relatively large with a "lot of space in the back." It looks like it will be based on the 2nd generation Audi Q7.
Jan 16th, 2012 10:39pm
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Swifty Swifty
the best eco solution is a V12 TDI in all Bentley cars if possible....the lowest fuel consumption with full internal combustion power and torque no batteries and electrcity crap and all that uneccessary luggage named electromotors....plus you have a classic engine-drivetrain connection not some hybrid programs to decide!!! if not all petrol than at least diesel....electric cars are for smaller VW's!!!
Jan 16th, 2012 9:31pm
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benz_man benz_man
That, plus a trans mounted electric motor (in place of tq converter) and a small lithium battery (size of lead-acid battery) is the (current) ultimate solution. But no one wants a diesel Bentley, even if it'd be great.
Jan 16th, 2012 9:46pm
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