An electrified 3.0-litre V6 should be under the bonnet.
It was earlier this week when we shared the first spy photos of a more hardcore version of the Bentley Continental GT, and today we are bringing another batch of shots, this time depicting a potential hybrid version of the Conti GT. This may look like a regular Continental GT, but there’s a catch.
As you can easily see, there’s a charging port on the driver's side quarter panel of the car. Usually, the Continental GT has just one fuel cap on the passenger side, but this prototype also has another cap hiding the charging port. It’s a bit surprising that it’s not located on one of the front wings, but, as they say, engineers know best.
From what we’ve heard so far, the PHEV Continental GT will use a reworked version of Porsche’s hybrid system, which debuted in the Panamera hybrid. Actually, it’s the same system that powers the Bentayga Hybrid – a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine and an electric motor, capable of operating on electric energy for up to 31 miles in the NEDC test cycle. Unfortunately, Bentley is not revealing details about the total system horsepower, torque, the battery size, and whether there's any effect on interior volume.
However, we know that in the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid the powertrain generates 462 bhp and 516 pound-feet of torque, while the range-topping Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo has 671 bhp. Different sources claim Bentley could receive the more powerful variant, making the Continental GT PHEV the absolute range-topper in the grand tourer’s lineup. Of course, nothing is confirmed at the moment.
The Crewe-based automaker has ambitions to offer hybrid versions of all its future models. The company believes the “plug-in hybrid technology provides the best of two worlds” and plans to invest a significant amount of resources into it.