'Most Power Ever' From New Bentley Hybrid Powertrain

Four-figure torque and 740 hp claimed from new flagship powerplant being developed by British luxury sports brand.

Paul Myles, European Editor

May 9, 2024

1 Min Read
Bentley Ultra Performance Hybrid
Ultra Performance Hybrid to become new Bentley flagship powertrain.

Bentley announces an “Ultra Performance Hybrid” powertrain to replace its long-serving W-12 flagship and promising greater performance than ever for a road-going model.

The new V-8 gas-hybrid system claims more than 740 hp, at least 89 hp more than the W-12 previously offered in the Flying Spur and GT W-12 Speed derivatives. The automaker also promises a “four-figure” torque output from the cross-plane cranked engine. It claims more than a 50-mile (80-km) electric-only range and will deliver a WLTP drive cycle CO2 figure of under 50 g/km.

Bentley is holding back full technical details on the powertrain until it's closer to series production but does tell us it will build on its existing hybrid powertrains. So, it’s probably employing a similar 4.0L twin-turbocharged double-overhead-cam gasoline engine married to the hybrid system using electric motors.

Bentley’s 6.0L twin-turbo W-12 heads toward retirement this summer, with 105,000 engines built over the past two decades.

About the Author(s)

Paul Myles

European Editor, Informa Group

Paul Myles is an award-winning journalist based in Europe covering all aspects of the automotive industry. He has a wealth of experience in the field working at specialist, national and international levels.

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