Hybrid Bentley coming?

2 Oct, 2009 6:45pm Sam Hardy

Biofuel Continental will be only the start for firm and next generation will get petrol-electric drivetrain

It's famous for big, powerful and thirsty cars – but luxury maker Bentley is going eco-friendly by launching a new engine which will reduce CO2 emissions by an incredible 40 per cent. And it could be a hybrid.

Following on from the Continental Supersports – the first model from the firm that runs on E85 bioethanol – the new powertrain will arrive in 2011, most likely in the Continental’s replacement.

It would slash CO2 from the current 396g/km to less than 240g/km. And as the new Conti will get a light aluminium body, it could emit less than 225g/km – taking the model out of the top road tax bracket for the first time.

Details remain secret for now, but it’s likely to be a new type of hybrid, with an engine that can run on biofuel, petrol or a combination of the two – similar to the Supersports.

Even though E85 is still only available at a limited number of filling stations, Bentley will make all its models compatible with the fuel by 2012.

It claims it’s a viable solution to reducing emissions as it is eco-friendly to produce.

Bentley engineering boss Dr Ulrich Eichhorn told Auto Express that the Supersports already appeals to a growing group of eco-minded buyers who focus “not only on fuel economy but also on doing something green that’s different”.

For now, Bentley has ruled out hydrogen fuel cells, and while VW has a variety of powerful diesels, sales of oil-burners are still slow in North America (the brand’s biggest market) – so a Conti TDI isn’t likely any time soon.

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Look its even got a tow bar for pulling a caravan, whatever next!

Look its even got a tow bar for pulling a caravan, whatever next!

Its good that they are thinking about it and all, but Bentley should not go hybrid. Bentley is like Rolls Royce - Big Petrol Engines.

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