Bentley could come up with a strategy similar to the one used by Porsche, which constantly releases special editions for the 911 series. This has proven to be a successful pathway for the German automotive producer, boosting both its reputation and profit.
The facelifted Bentley Continental GT is powered by a W12 powerplant that allows the driver to play with 575 hp and a peak torque of 516 lb-ft (700 Nm). However, Bentley is currently working together with Audi to develop a 4.0 liter V8 engine that will be used to offer an entry-level version of the vehicle.
The unit will be engineered to offer a high level of efficiency, offering a 40 percent reduction in CO2 emissions, compared to the W12 unit. The carmaker will tweak the engine to deliver plenty of mid-range torque, in order for it to offer a traditional Bentley experience.
In addition to that, the automaker is currently weighing the possibility to offer the future V8 engine with an Audi S-Tronic double clutch transmission. company engineers are currently making efforts to integrate the new gearbox into the vehicle’s transmission tunnel, as this has a different shape than the one of the six-speed ZF transmission used by the W12 unit.