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Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Has Worse Highway Fuel Economy than the V-8 Model

Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Has Worse Highway Fuel Economy than the V-8 Model

It’s still the most efficient Bentayga in the city though

The EPA released mpg ratings for the 2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid recently and it seems that the plug-in hybrid is not as efficient as one might think. Although most hybrids return better mpg than regular gasoline models, the electrified Bentayga is actually rated below its V-8 counterpart when it comes to highway mpg. Specifically, the hybrid falls behind the non-hybrid V-8 by two mpg.

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Big Surprise: Bentley Is Considering An SUV to Replace the Now Defunct Mulsanne Sedan

Big Surprise: Bentley Is Considering An SUV to Replace the Now Defunct Mulsanne Sedan

Well, I predicted this last week. I guess you should call me Miss Clio

Last week, we reported on Bentley’s cancellation of the Mulsanne and speculated a bit on what was coming next. In that very article, I speculated that Bentley would have been in hot water if it wasn’t for the Bentayga, and the company would likely build another SUV. Well, folks, I was right. In an interview with Car & Driver, Adrian Hallmark, the big-boss of Bentley, has said that flagship status could be given to a new luxury SUV that will sit above the Bentayga. There’s a twist, though, and you need to know about it.

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2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

It’s the company’s first hybrid vehicle!

The 2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid is the electrified version of the company’s first SUV. It’s also Bentley’s first hybrid ever, as well as the world’s first luxury SUV with an electric motor. The Bentayga Hybrid joins the original 2017 Bentayga with the W-12 engine that Bentley unveiled in 2015, as well as the V-8 and diesel variants that the British firm launched since 2017.

The Bentayga Hybrid is virtually identical to the regular SUV inside and out. The exterior features an additional "fuel" cap for the plug-in socket, while the interior includes new tech and a revised infotainment system for hybrid duty. Things are notably different under the skin though, where the familiar W-12 and V-8 engines were replaced with a V-6 and an electric motor. The layout is similar to that in the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid. Let’s find out more about this electrified SUV in the review below.

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2019 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid

2019 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid

Bentley second hybrid takes the ultra-luxury market all for itself

The Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid is an upcoming plug-in hybrid version of the company’s full-size sedan. The four-door follows in the footsteps of the Bentayga Hybrid, Bentley’s first-ever electrified model, which was unveiled in 2018. The Flying Spur Hybrid is part of the third-generation model lineup that should debut by the end of 2019.

Spotted testing with a Porsche Panamera body in 2017, the Flying Spur began making appearances in its camouflaged production shell in 2018. Come 2019, and the sedan is slowly losing camo, but Bentley is also testing new versions. Our paparazzi caught a batch of Flying Spurs testing on public roads in April 2019, including a plug-in hybrid version. Let’s find out what we already know about it in the speculative review below.

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A Bentley Continental GT Hybrid was Spotted Mixing The Best Of Both Worlds

A Bentley Continental GT Hybrid was Spotted Mixing The Best Of Both Worlds

This PHEV is going to be powerful; very powerful

The electrification process has taken over the world by storm. From smallest of hatches, to the marques, every automaker is electrifying its range. Bentley has been vocal about its electrification ambitions, and plans to offer a hybrid version on all its models. Recently, the Bentley Continental GT was spotted in its Hybrid avatar. Even though it looks just like the regular Continental GT, the additional charging port in the rear left fender was the giveaway.

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Bentley Dropped the Ball When It Came to Electrification, Autonomy, and Connected Vehicles

Bentley Dropped the Ball When It Came to Electrification, Autonomy, and Connected Vehicles

A little late to the game, the Brits are gearing up for a full battery-powered assault by 2025

The auto industry is changing at a very rapid pace, what with all the crazy new technology we see popping up to make cars more comfortable, more convenient, and more fuel efficient. Unfortunately, some automakers are a bit slow on the uptake, especially high-end luxury marques like Bentley. As such, Bentley’s new boss is ramping up the company’s tech efforts in a big way.

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The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid gets a New V-6, Electric Motor, and 31 Miles of EV Range

The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid gets a New V-6, Electric Motor, and 31 Miles of EV Range

Bentley thinks the 31 all-electric miles are impressive

Just a few years ago Bentley introduced the Bentayga SUV, essentially an ultra-luxurious Audi Q7 with the look of a Continental GT on the outside. The model was Bentley’s first SUV, and now the brand is ushering in its electric future with the Bentayga Hybrid – all the good looks and luxurious interior with a V-6 and an electric motor hidden under the metal. It’s good for 31 miles in EV mode and takes on a few other changes, as necessary, to facilitate its electric nature. It debuts at the Geneva Motor Show, but we’re getting an early look at all the finer points.

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Bentley to Bring a Plug-In Bentayga to the Geneva Auto Show

Bentley to Bring a Plug-In Bentayga to the Geneva Auto Show

British automaker officially makes leap into the world of hybrid SUVs

Bentley is all set to debut the plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga SUV at the Geneva Motor Show, making good on its goal of introducing electrified vehicles into its lineup. The plug-in hybrid Bentayga is the first model of its kind for Bentley, which has come a long way from its core identity as a purveyor of luxury automobiles. This specific version of the SUV adds to a growing number of variants attached to the Bentayga name. Since making its debut in 2015, Bentley’s SUV has increased its number of available models to include a range-topping W12, a 4.0-liter diesel V-8, and now, a plug-in hybrid.

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Bentley Leaves Door Open For a Future All-Electric Model, Bentayga SUV To Get Hybrid Model

Bentley Leaves Door Open For a Future All-Electric Model, Bentayga SUV To Get Hybrid Model

There’s no certainty on the EV model, but the hybrid SUV is scheduled to arrive in 2018

Bentley hasn’t totally closed the door on the possibility of building an all-electric model. The company’s design director, Stefan Sielaff, told Autocar that Bentley’s higher brass has requested its design team to come up with a preliminary sketch of an all-electric model. However, there’s still no certainty that such a model will be given the go signal.

Big boss Wolfgang Durheimer is lukewarm on the idea, having gone on record saying that an all-electric model isn’t a “priority” for the company because it isn’t as important to Bentley’s “brand values” as its more traditional models. But, there is still some room for consideration, even if it’s a small one at best. What’s more certain is a plug-in hybrid electric car, which Durheimer himself admitted has become a priority for Bentley. He even doubled down on that commitment by promising to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain on all of its models in the near future.

The first model to get this powertrain is the Bentayga SUV, which is scheduled to have a PHEV version by 2018. Bentley will almost certainly have a keen eye on how successful that model turns out because it could determine if there’s room for its other models, including the Continental, to receive a similar hybrid engine.

It’s clear that Bentley wants to be a player in this market, but it’s also approaching it with some caution knowing that success could lead to demand for a full EV model in the future. Right now, it’s unlikely that Bentley will cross that bridge, but in asking Sielaff and his design team to come out with a preliminary sketch of a full EV model, it shows that Bentley is at least trying to cover its bases in the event it changes its mind and builds an all-electric vehicle.

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2014 Bentley Hybrid Concept

2014 Bentley Hybrid Concept

Okay, we’ve seen Porsche, BMW and Audi all experimenting with hybrid and electric cars, which is okay. But now things are getting a little more upscale in the electrification of luxury cars to help boost mpgs without losing performance and comfort. The latest of the entrants is Bentley with its Beijing-bound Hybrid Concept, which is little more than an electrified and copper-accented Mulsanne. Hey, if you’re gonna reveal a new hybrid engine, then why not show it off in your flagship sedan?

The details are still a little scarce on the Hybrid Concept, but Bentlry did let us in on a few details. We know that the hybrid drivetrain will carry the same 6.75-liter V-8 gas burner as the base model, but with electric motors added to boost fuel economy and output, while decreasing CO2 emissions. According to Bentley, this drivetrain bumps fuel economy up by 25 percent and guts CO2 by 70 percent.

What’s more, this drivetrain is in Bentley’s future plans, and it will slowly make its way into every Bentley vehicle.

we expect to hear more about the car following its debut at the Beijing Auto Show on April 20th.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Bentley Hybrid Concept.

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Bentley to Announce a Plug-in Hybrid Variant By 2016

Bentley to Announce a Plug-in Hybrid Variant By 2016

The Detroit Auto Show just isn’t a place to see all-new model, it is also a great place to get juicy news for future developments. Included in the news gathered from Detroit is that Bentley has finally felt the itch to develop a plug-in Hybrid model after a successful track record of announcing cars powered by fuel-chugging V-8s and W-12s.

With Rolls Royce already jumping onto the bandwagon with the Phantom 102EX, Bentley CEO Dr Wolfgang Schreiber has announced plans to introduce a green variant to Bentley’s lineup.

Such a variant will grace the bodies of the Bentleys starting within three years, as Schreiber is quoted saying “It might actually be too late for diesel now, plug-in hybrids offer an even better fuel economy and don’t alienate petrol-only markets, we won’t see them for the next three years, but for us a plug-in hybrid is a must.”

Bear in mind though, that the decision for a hybrid model hasn’t been confirmed by the board as diesel power is still in the cards. However, given the fact that diesel power isn’t very popular in Bentley’s strong markets — Middle East, U.S and China — a plug in hybrid system will most likely be the favorite choice among the Bentley Boys, according to Dr Schreiber.

If such a project takes off, expect the hybrid system to be developed by Volkswagen in coordination with Audi and Porsche. Details are still scarce on what particular system will be used. So, once they roll in, we’ll post them as soon as possible

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2013 Bentley Continental GTH

2013 Bentley Continental GTH

Bentley’s Continental lineup currently features a GT Coupe and a GTC Convertible, but now rumors are milling around that the company is working on a new GTH, with "H" standing for hybrid. Bentley has already downsized quite a bit with their engines, going from the popular W12 down to a V8 in their new GT. Now it seems as though added pressure from the "greener" way of doing things has prompted them to add an electric motor into the equation.

It is believed that the next hybrid system will be derived from the power source used in the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid and Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid. This means we will see a V6 engine combined with an electric motor, but with more than 380 HP for the sports hybrid. A similar system will also be used for the upcoming Bentley SUV, with an autonomy of 30 kilometers in pure electric mode.

It is rumored that the future GTH will be shown off earlier than we would initially expect, with the 2013 Geneva Motor Show being the prime location for the unveiling. Sales would then begin later in the Summer 2013.

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2012 Geneva Motor Show: The Concept Cars

2012 Geneva Motor Show: The Concept Cars

Concept cars have always been an integral part of any major auto show. These events give automakers an opportunity to showcase some of the most outlandish and over-the-top vehicles we’ll ever see.

Now that doesn’t mean that these concepts will translate to production. Actually, very few do with most of them forgotten long after the auto show ends.

At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, we saw a lot of concept cars that piqued our curiosities one way or the other. Some were fancy, some were strange, and some just completely blew us away.

In the end, the concept cars at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show delivered on the promise of providing some edge and flavor to the proceedings. On the list below, we’ll show you all of the concepts that caught our eye, and if we do say so ourselves, some of those are just too awesome to not be sent to the production line.

Check out the concept cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.

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Bentley plans for the future with hybrid models and hopes to snag Maybach customers

Bentley plans for the future with hybrid models and hopes to snag Maybach customers

Bentley is extensively prepping for their future with a couple of new paths to higher sales. Just recently, the company has downsized from a W12 to a V8 engine and their next course of action is to offer a plug-in hybrid model. In an interview with Car and Driver, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer reported that the hybrid system could be based on Volkswagen technology and that it could combine either a W12 engine or a V8 engine with an electric motor placed between the engine and transmission. This system will allow an electric-only range of 16 to 19 miles - a relatively good range considering we are talking about very heavy vehicles.

Another new direction Bentley is taking, and probably the stranger of the two, is their announced plans to steal customers from Maybach. This bit of news came shortly after Mercedes announced that the last Maybach unit would be produced in early 2013. Bentley hopes that this termination of production will get stars like hip-hop artist Jay-Z, actor Samuel L. Jackson, and King Juan Carlos to turn their attention from the old Maybach models to Bentley’s line-up. We would think that Rolls Royce would be a good candidate as well, but Bentley wouldn’t be a bad way to go either.

"The withdrawal of Maybach is a business opportunity for us and we’re going to use it," Bentley Chief Executive Wolfgang Duerheimer told Reuters. And they aren’t too worried about Mercedes’ decision to offer an S600 Pullman because "they wanted something more exclusive than a Mercedes in the first place, so Rolls or Bentley would seem an obvious substitution."

In this war, Bentley has the advantage of planning alarge luxury SUV that will be placed over the top Cayenne and it will be "highly customizable, including a wealth of interior materials and a choice of four- or five-passenger configurations."

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Hybrid Bentley Continental GT spied?

Hybrid Bentley Continental GT spied?

This mysterious Bentley Continental GT was spotted recently in Spain. What is so mystifying you may be asking? If you look closely into the back window at the rear deck lid, you will notice a few bare metal items strapped down. What this looks like to us, is the control unit for an electric motor and battery pack combination. Could this be the beginning of a hybrid GT, or did this Bentley owner’s stereo shop just do a shoddy job?

If you have any idea, please let us know!

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Bentley Supersports Biofuel spy shots

Bentley Supersports Biofuel spy shots

If you saw the Concept back at the Geneva Motor Show then you know that the super car builder Bentley is preparing one of the most hardcore Continental GTs ever, well they are taking their duty to the environment very seriously and are developing this bio-ethanol version of their 200 MPH for luxury coupe.

Cars powered by bio-ethanol engines are capable of delivering more power because of the increased octane rating. Better yet, the fuel is made from renewable resources, so it is providing environmentally friendly energy. The Bentley Continental Super Sports keeps the familiar 12 cylinder engine in a “W”. The 6.0 Liter motor will deliver a maximum output of 630 HP and be the first Bentley of its kind.

However; the Continental Super Sports is more than just another GT that runs on 85% Ethanol. It has the added benefit of being 110 pounds lighter than the GT Speed, and can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in under 3.7 seconds, and reach 100 MPH in 8.9 seconds. But this green Bentley won’t stop until it hits 204 MPH.

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2010 Bentley Continental Supersports

2010 Bentley Continental Supersports

As we suspected, once Bentley got ready to drop the veil on its latest supercar project, it would also lose the Victoria name. Bentley has released full details on the car now known as Continental Supersports.

Bentley has created its most powerful car ever by taking its turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine and raising the horsepower to 621 (up 21 hp from the Continental GT Speed editions.) With this amount of power the Supersports makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.7 seconds, the 0 -100 mph in 8.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 204 mph.

The speed in the Supersports doesn’t just come from power, but from weight reduction as well. A lot of glut was removed from the interior and replace with lighter composite materials. The rear seats were completely removed, and the remaining front buckets use carbon fiber for rigidity. Bentley says the car is now 243 lbs lighter then the Continental GT Speed, which represents about a four percent total weight reduction.

The Continental Supersports was designed to run on either regular gasoline or biofuel. Bentley says it’s using this car to begin a three-year process of spreading FlexFuel technology over the entire lineup. The car will go on sale in Europe in the fall of 2009, and in North America starting the summer of 2010.

More details in the press release after the jump.

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Bentley announces move to biofuel

Bentley announces move to biofuel

Green Label cars may have a new meaning at Bentley. The luxury car company has been toying with the idea of making hybrid and diesel engines available for a few years, and now it seems a decision has been made.

At the Detroit Auto Show, right after introducing the extra-thirsty Continental GTC Speed, Stuart McCullough, a Bentley board member, announced that the company would make a "significant investment" to get its fleet to operate on biofuel. "Our commitment to this strategy is such that we plan to accelerate the introduction of our first biofuel-compatible car, which will make its world premiere in Geneva this March," McCullough said.

This doesn’t necessarily mean diesels for the luxury brand. The fuel most mentioned during this announcement was bioethanol to be used in gas powered flex-fuel vehicles.

All this will amount to is that Texas oilmen and Sheikhs will not be the only ones contributing to their own Bentley’s gas tank; wealthy landowners can now do it too.

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Bentley considering diesel and hybrid in 2008

Bentley considering diesel and hybrid in 2008

Bentley will start offering diesel and hybrid engines starting 2008. The decision has been made as a way to transform the company’s image. Also, at geneva Motor Show, bentley has announced that they will start new sales agencies in the USA and Europe this year.
Bentley plans to sell 9.000 and 10.000 automobiles annually. In 2006, Bentley sold about 9,300 automobiles. In the coming years, the CEO sees a further growth in the luxury segment range.
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