Report: Bentley planning hybrid powertrain for next-generation Continental

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley has been pretty vocal about going green. The automaker previously said that it plans on reducing CO2 emissions by 40 percent, a move that could include a Bentley hybrid.

According to AutoExpress, the next-generation Continental will get a light aluminum body along with a new hybrid powertrain, which will be capable of running gasoline or on biofuel – similar to the Continental Supersports.

Bentley’s engineering boss, Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn told AutoExpress that the Supersports already appeals to eco-minded buyers who focus “not only on fuel economy but also on doing something green that”s different.”

The new 2010 Bentley Supersports Coupe is powered by a 6.0L W12 twin-turbocharged engine making 621-hp and a maximum torque of 590 lb-ft. Sales will start this October with a price tag of $273,295. The first couple of hundred units headed to the U.S. will be gas only.

Bentley Continental Supersports Coupe:

Bentley Continental Supersports

– By: Kap Shah

Source: AutoExpress