Bentley’s New Ultra Performance Hybrid: Electrifying Luxury

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Bentley's New Ultra Performance Hybrid
Bentley's New Ultra Performance Hybrid

The Volkswagen Group’s acquisition of Bentley in 1998 heralded the introduction of the British marque’s trademark W12 engine five years later in the Continental GT. With production surpassing 105,000 units in Crewe, the 6.0L twin-turbo W12 was phased out in April 2024, making way for a new 4.0L twin-turbo V8 plug-in hybrid powertrain for the 2025 model year.

Although dubbed the Ultra Performance Hybrid by Bentley, the moniker is substantiated by impressive specifications. The hybrid powertrain is projected to produce over 750 ps (740 horsepower) and 1,000 Nm of torque (738 pound-feet), with an anticipated electric range of 80 kilometers (50 miles) under WLTP testing.

Bentley's New Ultra Performance Hybrid
Bentley’s New Ultra Performance Hybrid

Recent sightings of a facelifted Continental GT, equipped with a charging port door on the rear left quarter panel, suggest the imminent arrival of Bentley’s first V8 plug-in hybrid. Sharing platforms with models like the Flying Spur Hybrid and Bentayga Hybrid represents Bentley’s commitment to electrification.

Despite inevitable increases in weight due to hybrid components, the Ultra Performance Hybrid promises to deliver electrifying performance, ensuring Bentley maintains its reputation for luxury and performance. While exterior and interior updates are anticipated, Bentley remains focused on balancing innovation with the timeless elegance synonymous with the Continental GT lineage.

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