Bentley Working on New W12 Engine, Considering Hybrids
Ralf Frech, Bentley’s technical director, recently told What Car? that the company is looking to follow the same pathway it did with the new V8.
“The W12 can have the same improvements as the new V8. Fitted to the Continental range it could see improvements to fuel economy and power, possibly taking it close to 600bhp,” the executive was quoted as saying by the aforementioned source.
Previous media reports indicate that Bentley is currently working to develop a new eight-speed automatic gearbox that would replace the current six-speed one.
The executive also said that the company might go down the hybrid pathway: We are looking at the possibility of a hybrid, particularly a plug-in hybrid, but we are waiting for the next generation of technologies because none of the current solutions work.