Diesel-powered Bentley not in the company’s plans

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 14, 2010

If you hoped to get a diesel-powered Bentley, you should drop the idea as firm’s officials said that there are small chances to see that kind of engine.

According to Chairman and CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen, Bentley experimented diesel engines some time ago and actually found them impressive, but due to the forthcoming Euro 6 clean-air regs the development could cost them big money.

Furthermore, the clients in the US and Japan (Bentley’s key markets) will not be interested in buying a diesel-powered vehicle from the British company.

So, if you want to buy Bentley’s latest 2011 Continental GT 4-seat coupe, you have to get it with the standard 6.0-liter W12 engine delivering 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque and mated to a new Quickshift transmission which enables double downshifts.

With these numbers the car can accelerate to 60mph in 4.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds), to 100mph in 10.2 seconds (0-160km/h in 10.2 seconds) and to a top speed of 198 mph (318km/h).

The good news is that this engine can run on both standard unleaded petrol (gasoline) and sustainable bioethanol (up to E85) or any mix of the two.

Still, if you want a smaller engine on the Conti, you have to wait because in late 2011 the company will introduce a smaller 4.0-litre V8 engine, capable to deliver an impressive power and torque synonymous with the marquee but also a class-leading CO2 emissions-to-power ratio. [via autocar]

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