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.”

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