Volkswagen’s is still in hot water as a result of the Dieselgate scandal, so much so that it may be forced to sell Bentley, Lamborghini or Ducati in order to pay for the damages.
According to , Volkswagen AG has taken out a massive 20 billion euro loan in order to compensate angry owners and government bodies for lying about the emission levels of their cars, and that loan must be paid back within a year (late 2016).
The company is hoping for the best but planning for the worst, which could mean selling off one of their three major luxury brands. They are currently in the process of carving out the non-truck operations of their MAN’s subsidiary, whose products include ship engines, mini power plants, special gear units, propulsion components and testing systems.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but while the worst case scenario seems unlikely, it is interesting to ponder what major corporation could end up purchasing Lamborghini and Bentley from Volkswagen AG. Do you have any ideas?
Bentley Continental GT V8 Brings New Engine, Better Fuel Efficiency
The GT V8 is fast despite having a downsized engine.
Doing away with the W12 TSI engine of the regular Continental GT, the new GT Continental V8 variants feature a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, allowing the coupe to accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds before topping out at 198 mph (319 km/h). The convertible is a tenth of a second slower to 60 mph but has the same top speed.
Drivers can travel more than 500 miles on a single tank, thanks in part to the new engine’s ability to shut off four of its cylinders when they’re not needed.
Designers gave the Continental GT Coupe and GT Convertible V8 badging and a unique set of 20-inch 10-spoke painted alloy wheels, while interior highlights include twenty-way adjustable leather seats, Crown Cut Walnut trim, a 12.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment duties, and a 650 watt 10-speaker Bentley Audio system that pumps out a powerful 650 watts of entertainment.
Buyers can spruce up their ride even more with a range of exterior colors and interior upholstery configurations and the choice of other wheels up to 22 inches in size.
The Bentley Continental GT V8 models go on sale in the third quarter of 2019.
Bentley Bentayga Speed Nabs “World’s Fastest SUV” Title
The luxury SUV can launch to 62 mph in under 4 seconds.
Bentley proudly boasts that, with a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h), the Bentayga Speed is the world’s fastest production SUV.
The 6.0-liter W12 engine found in the standard Bentayga has been tweaked to put out 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, providing enough propulsion to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds.
It’s worth noting that the 641 hp, V8-powered Lamborghini Urus is actually lighter and more powerful yet has the same top speed. The fact that the two SUVs are closely related makes us think there were some politics behind this head-scratching outcome.
In addition to the extra power, the Bentayga Speed provides a more dynamic driving experience than the regular Bentayga thanks to a retuned Sport mode and a stiffened suspension, while the exhaust note is throatier.
Designer gave the exterior a performance-theme characterized by dark-tint headlights, blacked-out grilles, a tailgate spoiler, and unique 22-inch wheels available in three finishes. Inside, one finds contrast stitching on the diamond-quilted upholstery and Alcantara trim, the first time the material has been used in a Bentayga.
The Bentley Bentayga Speed goes on sale in the second half of 2019 after making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Bentley’s First Electric Car Is Coming In 2023
The good news is that a Bentley electric vehicle is on the way; the bad news is that you’ll have to wait a very long time for one.
Bentley isn’t foolish enough to bet against electric cars, but it sure is taking its sweet time fielding an EV of its own.
The company believes battery technology hasn’t reached a point where it can power its electric cars and won’t get to such a level until 2023 to 2025. In an interview with , Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark stated:
“The problem is when you get to our segment with the size of our vehicles and the frontal area we push through, current battery power density limits the size of the car you can offer with credible driving range.”
Despite hinting at the possibility of an electric sports car with the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept, Bentley’s first electric will actually not be a sports car. Hallmark doesn’t think the company needs a sports car seeing as the Volkswagen Group, which the British automaker belongs to, already has enough of them.
An earlier report claimed that the car might borrow its platform from Audi and Porsche, a platform custom-tailored for electric vehicles.