Bentley has been spotted previously testing the upcoming first ever plug-in hybrid of the company – the electrified version of the Bentayga SUV, and now the model has appeared at the dynamic stage of the Nurburgring.
The eco-friendly huge crossover is in action gunning for the high-performance speed tests on the famed German track, which is where everyone is honing their vehicles as of late, no matter the size, it appears. Naturally, no one is going to take the Bentayga PHEV on the track, but it seems the British maker wants to leave no stone unturned. After being Bentley’s first ever SUV, the Bentayga is also gaining the honor of being the company’s first hybrid model. It’s coming mostly unchanged compared to the standard petrol and diesel versions, but seeing the fuel cap on the rear left fender hiding the electric charger will reveal the true nature of the model.
What the rumor mill hasn’t found out yet is what exact powertrain will be used by the Bentayga PHEV, with options being plentiful – for example the hybrid system of the outgoing Porsche Cayenne Hybrid or the newer powerplant from inside the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The second option seems more likely – so figures should translate to 462 horsepower (340 kilowatts) and 517 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters), coming from a 2.9-liter V6 gas engine, an electric motor and a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack that might be good for as much as 50 km of electric range.