Mulsanne Hybrid is just a dream, we won’t build it! says Bentley

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

2011 Bentley Mulsanne just had its international launch in England where reporters were treated to a tour of the model's new assembly line in Crewe with Project Leader Ashley Wickham.

With regards to the powertrain, Wickham disclosed that the Mulsanne was developed exclusively as a rear-drive model, continuing the tradition began by the Arnage and its variants.

As the new model was being drawn, the company was focused on the all-wheel drive and a higher cylinder count, as the Mulsanne's less-expensive stablemate, the Continental, has both more driven wheels and has a V12, as opposed to getting only a V8.

Still, a decision has to be made to keep the new Mulsanne as a more traditional grand touring model in the Arnage mold.

It's interesting to note that it has RWD and identical 6.75-liter V8 engine displacement. But despite outward similarities, the twin-turbo engine is all-new.

Wickham had acknowledged that flex-fuel is being considered. But this shouldn't as a surprise since Bentley's high-profile Supersports started the news that the entire Continental range will go flex-fuel in June.

When asked about the likelihood of a future diesel model being rolled out, Wickham stated that there are no current plans for this variant. Wickham also questioned the performance of a powerplant that would align with the company's heritage.

And that's despite diesel's low-revving, torque-rich similarities to the company's gasoline V8. Also, Wickham didn't mince words about hybrid technology, emphasizing that gas-electric power is not in keeping with Bentley's flagship model.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

British luxury automaker Aston Martin celebrates its new partnership with the Henley Royal Regatta sporting event by designing a one-off DB11 sports car that they recently revealed. The car explores...
by - June 28, 2017
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat as we know, is the Demon's less powerful sibling, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But have you ever imagined how it would look...
by - June 28, 2017
Sorry Uber, but Handsome Cabs taxi company has something no one else can offer - a Lamborghini Huracan that can take their clients from Point A to Point B. This...
by - June 28, 2017
BMW saw a potential oil leak on the new M760Li, prompting them to recall the said vehicle last April. Today, a little over two months after issuing the first recall,...
by - June 28, 2017
Without a doubt, the SUV segment is getting increasingly more saturated. This month alone, we were greeted with city-oriented SUVs from the Kia Stonic to the Hyundai Kona, and now...
by - June 27, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries