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Bentley hints at changing W12 engine with V8 plug-in hybrid | Autocar India

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The model can also introduce a extra highly effective model of the venerable 6.0-litre W12 earlier than its retirement.

Bentley is gearing as much as substitute its signature W12 engine with a extra highly effective plug-in hybrid powertrain (PHEV). The W12 engine at present powers the Pace variations of the Continental GT coupe and convertible, Bentayga SUV, and Flying Spur limousine. Bentley’s head of engineering, Matthias Rabe, hints that the brand new electrified powertrain will probably be primarily based round a V8 engine.

  • Anticipated to make use of 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 sourced from VW
  • Continental GT PHEV noticed testing
  • Bentley to supply a plug-in hybrid possibility throughout the vary by 2025

New Bentley PHEV powertrain: particulars

Presently, Bentley has two present PHEV powertrains – a 2.9-litre and a 3.0-litre V6, which energy the Flying Spur and Bentayga, respectively. The previous places out 543hp whereas the latter produces 462hp. Nonetheless, each of those energy outputs are a lot lesser than those produced by the 6.0-litre W12 – 650hp within the Continental GT Pace and 740hp within the limited-run Mulliner Batur.

Talking to our sister publication, Autocar UK, Rabe said “I would like all of our future plug-in hybrids to be extra highly effective than right now’s 12-cylinder as I don’t need a discount in energy.”  

Sibling model Porsche, in the meantime, makes use of a PHEV powertrain that mixes a 136hp electrical motor with the Volkswagen-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, making 680hp within the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and 700hp within the Panamera. Due to this fact, this might function the idea for the Bentayga, Continental GT and Flying Spur.

Bentley has additionally confirmed that it has begun testing the Continental GT convertible with the PHEV powertrain. Though the model has not confirmed the ICE base of the powertrain within the testing mule, Rabe hinted it may very well be a V8, stating, “We have had improbable six-cylinder engines prior to now, however I feel Bentley right now is generally both eight-cylinder or 12-cylinder, and a hybrid mixed with the eight-cylinder can be an ideal match.”

Bentley’s future plans

Previous to the arrival of the V8 PHEV mannequin, Bentley is at present considering debuting a extra highly effective model of the W12 engine as a spectacular sign-off. Rabe said that “The Batur confirmed we will go larger. It’s good for as much as 740hp, and, we’ll have a good time the final W12 for positive, however the last resolution is not made whether or not we fee one thing.” Bentley can also be aiming to supply each mannequin with a hybrid powertrain by 2025, when it is going to additionally launch its first all-electric mannequin.

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