Simply 12 Bacalars shall be made (prototype pictured)
What a yr it was for Bentley Motors. On the one hand, report gross sales, new vehicles and the announcement of a shift to electrification, but one quarter of a 4,000-strong workforce was dismissed, a number of markets went right into a steep downturn, and now comes Brexit. This firm will look totally different by 2030, so what does it have deliberate?
Volkswagen is alleged to be poring over the enterprise case for an electrical sedan within the model of the Mercedes-Benz EQS. Interviewed in March final yr, Bentley’s CEO Adrian Hallmark mentioned such a automotive would wish to supply a minimum of 300-350 miles of vary. If authorized, the launch date is as far off as 2025, possibly 2026.
The corporate made plans for its future fashions technique public in November. Briefly, the division is not going to offer combustion engines within the 2030s, all petrol-powered fashions being due for part out throughout the latter 2020s and all automobiles shall be EVs or PHEVs by 2026. Additional than that, there was a declare that “Bentley goals to be end-to-end carbon impartial by 2030, with Crewe operations local weather constructive thereafter”.
For the time being, it’s thought the primary EV shall be an enormous sedan powered by lithium-ion batteries but it surely’s additionally attainable that the challenge might evolve into an SUV with stable state cells. In both case, the structure must be PPE.
In December, Bentley Motors was shifted into the orbit of Audi and away from Porsche. Adrian Hallmark has informed UK-based media that he needs to see the EV inbuilt Britain and that it could be a part of the Volkswagen Group’s Audi-led Artemis challenge, which is for superior EVs.
The present Flying Spur, introduced to the media in June 2019 and proven to the general public for the primary time later that month on the Chantilly Arts & Magnificence, makes use of the Porsche-developed MSB structure. This 5,316 mm lengthy sedan is successfully a four-door model of the Continental GT with an prolonged wheelbase. The Spur might be optionally laid out in so-called Blackline kind, which implies that all the outside mock-chrome trim is darkish.
The automotive is generally rear-wheel drive, however torque is mechanically despatched to the entrance axle when wanted. Additionally, there may be air suspension and four-wheel steering. Throughout low-speed manoeuvres, the system steers the again tyres in the other way to the entrance ones. This reduces the turning circle to make parking simpler however at excessive velocity, the again axle is steered within the identical path because the entrance one in order to enhance stability.
The primary engine to be introduced was a biturbo 5,950 cc W12, mated to a ZF dual-clutch eight-speed transmission. Outputs are 467 kW (635 PS) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft), 0-100 km/h takes a claimed 3.8 seconds and the highest velocity is 207 mph (333 km/h). Bentley says unladen weight is 2,427 kg. Manufacturing commenced in mid-October 2019, with the primary buyer deliveries going down in January 2020.
A Spur V8 was introduced three months in the past, powered by a 404 kW (550 PS) and 770 Nm (568 lb ft) model of the Volkswagen Group’s 4.0-litre biturbo. Manufacturing of the V8 commenced in November.
A V6 PHEV must be added to the vary this yr and following what was mentioned in November, the V8 and the W12 shall be discontinued by 2026. There shall be a facelift in 2024 and the subsequent era ought to arrive in 2028 or 2029. It must be an EV.
Given what was mentioned in November, the subsequent era Continental GT and Continental GT Convertible are prone to be plug-in hybrids at first, that powertrain being changed by a totally electrical one within the latter 2020s or probably even launched in 2025 or 2026 as EVs.
Bentley introduced the Bacalar – named after a lake in Mexico – in March 2020. Initially as a consequence of be seen for the primary time on the Geneva motor present earlier than that occasion was cancelled as a consequence of COVID-19, this huge convertible was as a substitute revealed on-line on what would have been the press preview day.
The Mulliner coachbuilding division would make 12 examples of the Bacalar, Bentley mentioned. The engine is a 659 PS and 900 Nm (667 lb ft) 6.0-litre W12 and there may be all-wheel drive. Manufacturing will not begin till later in 2021.
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Extra element on previous, present and forthcoming fashions might be present in PLDB, the long run automobiles database which is a part of GlobalData’s Automotive Intelligence Middle. That features Bentley fashions not reported on above.
That is the penultimate report in a collection highlighting present and future fashions from the passenger car divisions of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. It follows a take a look at VW vehicles; VW SUVs, MPVs and pick-ups; Audi vehicles; Audi SUVs; Porsche; Škoda; and Cupra/SEAT. The ultimate characteristic, which has Lamborghini and Bugatti as its topic, will comply with.
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