Bentley Mulsanne Hybrid Concept debuts prior to Auto China 2014

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 9, 2014

When we thought we’ve seen all the cars and will not be surprised, Bentley unveiled today the Mulsanne Hybrid Concept, its first plug-in hybrid model. What’s more interesting is that the new Hybrid Concept also previews a dedicated version of the al-new SUV available in 2017. How about that, a hybrid SUV from Bentley.

Set to make its workd debut at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on Sunday 20thApril, the new Bentley Hybrid Concept leads the way in bringing new powertrain choice to the luxury automotive sector. Bentley didn’t give us any details regarding the powertrain, but we can see from the images that the vehicle uses the same 6752cc twin-turbocharged V8 engine that delivers 505 bhp on the standard Mulsanne.

However, using an electric motor that generates 126 bhp, the total output of the hybrid system is expected to be around 631 bhp. Despite the power increase, CO2 emissions are reduced by up to 70 percent, without any compromise to the exquisite luxury, timeless design and industry-leading refinement for which Bentley has become renowned.

Moreover, the models using this hybrid system will be capable of driving at least 50 km (31 miles) on electric power alone. Regarding the design of the Bentley Hybrid Concept, the Mulsanne received copper accents for the exterior and interior in order to highlight the car’s electrical veins. Furthermore, copper details are found on the headlamps, radiator shell bezel, brake calipers, feature line details and badges.

Inside, we find copper accents on the hand-crafted veneers fascias, switch bezels and instruments. Copper cross stitching to the Mulliner Driving Specification diamond-quilted interior provides the finishing flourish.

Bentley will also debut at the Beijing Motor Show the new Flying Spur V8. This model is powered by the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that develops 507 hp and 660 Nm of torque. Bolted to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, the Flying Spur V8 hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds) and offers a top speed of 295 km/h or 183 mph. With the new V8 engine, the Flying Spur has a fuel range of 520 miles or 840 km.

Besides the Flying Spur V8, the British carmaker will being the all-new Continental GT Speed too. For those who don’t know, this is company’s fastest production model ever. The Coupe and Cabriolet models are powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine that delivers 635 hp and 820 Nm of torque. As a result, the Continental GT Speed Coupe has a top speed of 206 mph or 331 km/h, while the convertible can reach 203 mph or 327 km/h. [source: Bentley]

Press Release

BENTLEY CHARGES FORWARD WITH HYBRID CONCEPT

Bentley is envisioning a powerful and even more efficient Future with the Bentley Hybrid Concept - a technology showcase that previews Bentley's first plug-in hybrid model, set to be a dedicated version of the all-new SUV available in 2017. The Bentley Hybrid Concept will be on display at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on Sunday 2Qch April.

As the first luxury brand to present a plug-in hybrid, Bentley leads the way in bringing new powertrain choice to the luxury automotive sector. Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, comments:

"There is no doubt that plug-in hybrid technology is true to Bentley's values of outstanding luxury and effortless performance. Combining our renowned engines with electric power reinforces and enhances both principles, and so we will gradually introduce this powertrain across our model range. By the end of the decade, at least 90% of our production will be available as a plug-in hybrid. We are proud to be pioneering these developments in the luxury sector."

The Bentley Plug-in Hybrid System
Through Bentley's hybrid system, customers will have a wider choice of modern, powerful and efficient powertrains. The plug-in hybrid system will offer a power increase of up to 25% together with a 70% reduction in C02 emissions, both without any compromise to the exquisite luxury, timeless design and industry-leading refinement for which Bentley has become renowned. Bentley hybrids will also be capable of driving at least 50 km on electric power alone, allowing for emissions-free city driving with the option of enhanced performance on the open road.

The Bentley Hybrid Concept
The Bentley Hybrid Concept is based on the flagship model in the Bentley family, the Mulsanne, to show that hybrid technology enhances even the pinnacle of luxury and performance. Copper is used as an exterior and interior styling element to highlight the car's electrical veins, including copper details to the headlamps, radiator shell bezel, brake calipers, feature line details and badges. Copper accents continue in the cabin, with inserts to the hand-crafted veneers fascias, switch bezels and instruments. Copper cross-stitching to the Mulliner Driving Specification diamond-quilted interior provides the Finishing flourish.

Beijing International Automotive Exhibition
The Bentley Hybrid Concept is joined on the new Bentley show stand in Beijing on 20th April by three other members of the road-car family. The new Flying Spur V8 makes its Chinese debut, as a new member of the already- renowned Flying Spur family capable of over 500 miles on a tank of fuel. The new and enhanced 206 mph (33 1 km/h) Continental GT Speed - the fastest production Bentley ever, with 635 PS and 820 Nm of torque - also makes its Far East debut, along with the new Continental GT V8 S.

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