Bentley will focus on developing hybrid-powered models based on the Continental GT over previously established performance trims, company insiders speaking with Autocar claim. While this will help in driving down the company’s new vehicle emission figures, the report says we can say goodbye to any hopes for a Supersports or GT3-R follow-up anytime soon.
As emissions regulations continue to tighten around the globe, Bentley is looking to hit the ground running with hybrid models. In fact, Bentley offers a hybrid version of both the Bentayga SUV and the Flying Spur already and has plans to be fully electrified by 2030. In order to meet this timeline, the Continental GT is next up for the hybrid treatment. As such, the current Bentley Continental GT Speed will be the most powerful variant of the third-generation models with solely a gasoline engine. The Speed is powered by a turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12, which provides the coupe with 650 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque to work with. No plans reportedly exist for a Supersports or GT3-R, as their arrival late in the model run would only clash with Bentley’s greater emissions goals.
Bentley’s engineering head Matthias Rabe told Autocar that customers have shown interest in a hybrid vehicle they can use in urban zero-emissions zones and that the automaker is weighing several hybridized powertrain options. The Bentley Continental GT hybrid could utilize the same twin-turbo 2.9-liter hybrid V6 as the Flying Spur, which produces 536 hp. Considering the Continental utilizes the same platform as the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, that car’s 690-hp 4.0-liter hybrid V-8 is also a strong possibility. An electrified version of the W-12 might actually make the most sense however, as the 12-cylinder remains the fan-favorite engine among global customers. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.