Bentley Announces Surprising Powertrain at Beijing Auto Show
Long known for its powerful powertrains, Bentley may be known going forward for an electrically powered powertrain. In its announcement today, Bentley said the hybrid V6 would be capable of 0-60 in five seconds and be able to run on electric power for close to 20 miles. It would also be considered an ultra-low emission vehicle.
“We are very excited by the potential of a high performance, ultra-luxury Bentley SUV. Since we first showed EXP 9 F at Geneva, the response has been overwhelming. Everyone seems to agree that an SUV is a natural fit for Bentley. An exciting range of drivetrain options including a hybrid V6 are under active consideration but one thing is for sure, any Bentley SUV would offer the thunderous performance for which the marque is renowned.” Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and CEO, Bentley Motors, said in a news release.
Oh yeah, it gets some other more typical powertrains. Bentley said the all-wheel drive luxury sport utility vehicle will get the recently launched 500 horsepower, 4.0 gas powered V8 as well as the Bentley 6.0 liter, twin-turbocharged W12 gas engine, developing 600 horsepower and 590 lb. ft. of torque coupled with an 8-speed close-ratio transmission.
The EXP 9 F is a much better looking vehicle in the flesh than comes across in photographs. Bentley had an exclusive showing for the media and potential customers at a venue outside of the New York Auto Show. It's going to be a huge hit among the 1 percent of the population that can afford it.