Although Ferrari, Jaguar, Porsche, McLaren all test electric powertrains and embrace the hybrid way for their flagship models, luxury car maker Bentley goes uphill and declares its love for the beautifully conventional 12 cylinder petrol engine.
By now, even Rolls-Royce—that behemoth of all things Old School British in the best possible sense—has floated the idea of an electric car – experimenting with the stylish 102 EX.
So it’s notable that Bentley—Rolls’ British counterpart and a bastion of automotive respectability in itself—so steadfastly maintains its commitment to the famous W12-cylinder engines that run, conventionally, on gasoline.
“Strong performance from our W12 models continued, with the Continental GT Speed and Continental GT Speed Convertible proving successful in all territories,” Kevin Rose, a Bentley board member, said in a statement on the company’s third-quarter results. He said recent upticks in sales driven by the brand’s W12 models “strongly reinforce our position” against direct competitors in the luxury car market.
“Our customers have shown they highly identify with Bentley as the leader of 12-cylinder technology,” said Bentley President Christophe Georges.
Meanwhile in the V8 range (Continental variants) technological advancements like cylinder deactivation and lightweight components, plus streamlined design elements that make the car weigh even less, have improved fuel efficiency by 40% without decreasing performance numbers. This means Bentley can sit a while on its W12 gasoline guzzler, at least until they are forced to catch up to increased Co2 regulations around the EU.
So, with that in mind, they did say the Volkswagen-owned brand is “working on a plug-in solution for the future” as most certainly a hybrid powertrain could be a part of the new SUV Bentley plans to unveil around 2016.
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