We knew Bentley was playing with biofuel for its cars (and the Queen’s Bentley to boot!) and the first ‘Teaser’ news comes that the first car to use this technology for Bentley will be making an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
As this is all tease and no detail, Bentley are not giving us any technical specs yet. All they will say is that this will be the most powerful Bentley in production. Which considering the power of the current GT Speeds is saying something.
The front of the Continental-based car is visually more aggressive, sporting big intakes at the front and a couple of vents on the bonnet, presumably to better dissipate the heat generated. The car is going to need a top speed of over 200mph, and a 0-60 of around 4 seconds or less to deserve the ‘Fastest Bentley’ moniker, so it should be pretty interesting. It will probably run on something like E85, which is widely available in the US, but less so in the UK.
Bentley has committed to a reduction of 40% in its Co2 output by 2012, and this is one way of making progress without damaging the marque. More sensitive is the use of diesel engines, which the company is thought to be considering. As part of the VW Group, they do have access to some excellent diesel technology, most notably the offerings from Audi, including their giant V12 which will soon be found in the Audi Q7 V12, and was destined for the R8 until Audi engineers decided it just wouldn’t work.
Still, any new Bentley, however derivative, is an event, so we shall look forward to Geneva even more now Bentley has confirmed this appearance.