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’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.
New Bentley Continental GT Convertible Debuts With More Speed
The luxury drop top is better in every way and more desirable than ever.
Bentley has taken the wraps off the convertible version of the latest Continental Coupe.
Virtually identical to the its fixed roof counterpart, the all-new 2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible arrives with a new flowing exterior design, a comprehensively revamped interior and an engine worthy of the Bentley badge
Buyers will have the choice of seven colors and eight interior finishes for the folding soft top, which can be raised or lowered in 19 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph (48 mph). They can also expect a quieter ride seeing as the roof has been re-engineered with more insulation to block out unwanted noises.
In fact, Bentley boasts that the new Continental GT Convertible is as quiet as the previous Continental GT Coupe.
As expected, the interior is appointed with the finest leathers and genuine wood, as well as a new technical finish with the kind of machined aluminum that’s typically found on Swiss watches. Yet, despite the classic luxury look and feel, it comes with plenty of cutting-edge tech, including an all-digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system mounted on a three-side panel that can be rotated to show three analog gauges or a wood veneer that blends in with the rest of the dashboard, and an available 18 speaker audio system with a glass-shattering 2,200 watts of power.
Power comes from a 6.0L 12-cylinder engine that produces 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, good for a sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 207 mph (333 km/h).
The Continental GT Convertible is five percent stiffer and a bit lighter than its predecessor. To keep everything under control at high speeds, it uses the same 48-volt roll control system found in the Coupe that can electronically actuate the anti-roll bars at each axle for better handling control. Stopping power is provided in large part by massive 10-piston brakes at the front.
Sales begin in the first half of 2019.
Bentley’s First Electric Car Might Use Porsche, Audi Tech
The automaker is gearing up to build its first electric car.
Like nearly every other automaker, Bentley is eyeing a lineup of electrified vehicles to help reduce its fleet CO2 emissions. Its first full-electric vehicle will be built on an EV platform jointly-developed by Porche and Audi.
The British automaker has one of the highest carbon footprints within the Volkswagen Group due to a reliance on heavy sedans and the Bentayga large SUV. Despite this, it has so far only fielded plug-in hybrids like the Bentayga hybrid as a response to more stringent CO2 emission limits.
Called Premium Platform Electric (PPE) and slated to arrive in 2021, the Porsche-Audi platform is expected to underpin a new generation of performance cars with faster acceleration, higher top speeds and quicker recharging times.
Bentley previewed its first all-electric concept with the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept (pictured) at the 2017 Geneva auto show.