Bentley may introduce a two-seat sports car, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer says

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 25, 2014

Bentley will introduce its first SUV in 2016 but it appears that the company plans to enlarge its lineup. As a result, Bentley will introduce a new model, a two-seat sports car or a new model that will be slotted between the Continental GT Coupe and the Mulsanne flagship sedan.

These words came from company’s CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer, who also added that a decision on Bentley’s fifth model will come after the SUV will hit the showrooms. Moreover, Duerheimer said that they are working closely with Porsche and the new vehicle could use their MSB platform.

“If we do a two-seater it will be very quick” said Duerheimer. Still, Bentley is also considering convertible and coupe versions of the Mulsanne. The coupe version will be a successor to the Brooklands Coupe, while the convertible version was already sketched by the company but didn’t arrive on the market yet due to lack of demand. The convertible version would be a successor to the Azure.

These new models would take on the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and Phantom Drophead Coupe. Regarding its new SUV, Bentley is planning to offer it with a price tag of around 180,000 euros or $243,000 and it could be the first model from the British company that it will use a diesel engine.

Audi’s 4.2-liter V8 TDI would be the perfect choice. Furthermore, Bentley will offer a plug-in hybrid version of its SUV in 2017 that will use a V6 gasoline engine and an electric motor. This means that it will also be capable to act as an all-electric SUV for around 50 km or 31 miles.

The popular 6.0-liter W12 engine will also be available for markets which prefer big petrol engines. With the new diesel and plug-in hybrid would help Bentley reduce their CO2 emissions as the company aims to cut its average fleet emissions by 12 percent in the next four years. In order to achieve this target, Bentley will offer plug-in hybrid versions of 90 percent of its lineup by 2020.

The hybrid version of the Mulsanne was already revealed earlier this year in the concept form. The Mulsanne Hybrid Concept was powered by the same 6752cc twin-turbocharged V8 engine that generates 505 bhp but also by an electric motor that delivers 126 bhp.

The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 631 bhp, but the most important thing is that CO2 emissions were reduced by up to 70 percent. [source: automotive news - sub. required]

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