All future Bentley models will use a Porsche-developed platform, following Porsche’s takeover by the VW Group in July.
According to Autocar, Porsche engineers are currently working on a new platform for the Volkswagen Group derived from the Porsche Panamera. The new platform will be named MSB and will underpin all future Bentley models, either two- or four-wheel drive.
One of the advantages of using the new platform will be a significant drop in weight of future Bentleys, as the platform will be made of a mix of both steel and aluminum. Also, weight distribution will be improved, as the engine will be positioned further towards the rear of the axle line.
The MSB platform will be flexible, allowing it to be used for a wide range of high-performance models. On the MSB platform, the engine can be mounted in the front, mid or at the back of the vehicle.
Naturally, future Bentleys will be powered by the next generation of high-end 12-cylinder engines, which will be developed by Volkswagen Group. Bentley will drop the 6.75-liter V8 engine from 2013, as the long-running unit would be too expensive to re-engineer to meet Euro 6 regulations. Until then, the V8 could still be powering the upcoming Mulsanne Convertible.