Earlier, Bentley said it decided to focus on electrifying its Continent range rather than producing extremely high options to sit above speed, and these shots of the Continental GT hybrid prove it sticks to that plan.
Bentley will release its first all-electric car in 2025, and by 2030 sell only electric modelsbut by the end of the decade it will also be releasing hybrid versions of its existing cars, including the Conti coupe.
Automakers like to try to repel us when they test prototypes of new models, not just covering badges and grilles. You’ve probably seen pictures of test cars of one company dressed as if they were from a completely unrelated brand. However, this GT is not dressed at all, and all its badges are in place and not covered, including the “12” badge at the base of the front wing, between the front wheel and the driver’s door.
Usually this indicates the presence of a W12 engine under the hood instead of the V8 mounted on less expensive models, but in this case we think it might be talking about pigs. The yellow safety sticker on the rear window confirms that it works with a hybrid transmission, but it is very unlikely that Bentley is working on a hybrid version of its W12.
More plausible is the idea that the Conti PHEV will get a version of the 3.0-liter V6 hybrid powertrain already installed on SUV Bentayga and Flying Spur sedan. It combines 335 horsepower (340 PS) of combustion power and 126 hp. (128 PS) electrical muscles, which is 443 hp. (449 hp).
But since those numbers aren’t exactly big in the context of 600-strong competitors out BMW and Mercedes, it’s likely that Bentley is looking to use its access to the VW Group parts box and is developing a V8 hybrid package. A subsidiary of Porsche’s Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid develops 690 liters. strive for.
There’s no hint as to if we can see the Continental GT PHEV, or whether its electric range will match the 70 miles (113 km) offered by the latest luxury hybrids such as the Mercedes S-Class 580e and Range Rover, or at least improve the relatively pathetic range of 25 miles (40 km) WLTP of the Bentiga hybrid. But last year Bentley admitted that Continental customers had already asked for something that could drive the city on electricity, so it’s unlikely we’ll have to wait long to see results.
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