Plug-In Bentley to Use Volkswagen Group Components

Drive will likely combine Audi twin-turbo 4.0L V-8 and electric motor/generator between it and the transmission.

Published: 20-Jan-2012

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer says the company's long-awaited plug-in hybrid will use technology borrowed from other brands in the VW group.

He told Car and Driver at the recent Detroit auto show that Bentley didn't need its own hybrid system as a “matter of differentiation”.

“For us, differentiation is styling, appearance, prestige, craftsmanship, luxury,” he said. “For us, hybrid tech is a 'need-to-have' and it is perfectly appropriate for other brands, such as Audi and Porsche, to take the development lead.”


Bentley Continental Hybrid concept as depicted in 2010.

Company sees no financial constraints to introduce advanced technology into Bentley line, which is now part of Volkswagen Group.

Bentley EXP 9 F electric hybrid concept SUV

One of the powertrain options being considered in EXP 9 F Concept SUV is a V6 electric hybrid (plug-in) with a potential range up to 30 km (18.6 mi).

Bentley XP9F plug-in hybrid concept

The concept demonstrated 0-62 mpg in under 5 seconds and has a EV mode range of up to 18 miles.


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