Bentley: Cutting Edge and CO2

Bentley plan to reveal their Mulsanne hybrid concept at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show. Bentley are one amongst many other luxury super car manufacturers realising gas guzzlers are a thing of the past and the future is hybrids. Bentley’s innovative technology has enabled them to reduce CO2 emissions by 70 per cent. The 6.75-litre turbocharged V8 has reduced its output from 393g/km to around 118g/kg, which is in line with that of an entry level Ford Fiesta 1.25 petrol. Bentley’s addition of an electric motor has increased the power by 25 per cent. The vast battery pack is actually bigger than that of the Ferrari 458 Speciale, allowing the Mulsanne concept to travel up to 31 miles on electric power alone. Bentley have not released official performance figures thus far, however it is expected the hybrid will perform in line with the regular Mulsanne, accelerating from 0-62mph in just 5.3 seconds. Although the hybrid has added power, the electric motor and large battery pack will also have a significant impact on the weight, consequently impacting on performance. The superb fuel economy can be explained due to the hybrid being a plug-in, allowing owners to pre-charge the batteries from the mains. The concept is expected to become a reality in 2017 and will be the beginning of a new era for Bentley as by the end of the decade they intend for at least 90 per cent of production to be available as a hybrid. Those who can afford a luxurious Bentley are more likely to be concerned with how often they have to fill up than the fuel economy itself. The expectation is that the hybrid will be capable of travelling close to 600 miles in one tank. The Mulsanne hybrid is expected to cost at least £250,000, while a plug-in Bentley SUV is expected at £150,000 or more in 2017.

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