Bentley’s luxury machine will be coming in for a mid-life update soon, with the 2018 Bentley Bentayga set to receive a new V8 gasoline-powered engine.
This will be in addition to the existing 6.0-litre W12 and 4.0-litre turbo-diesel V8.
While the W12 engine is the hero of the gasoline powertrains, the advent of the Lamborghini Urus and its 4.0-liter V8 means that half of Bentley’s engineering work is already done.
Porsche has already adapted this engine to suit the Cayenne, and with the Cayenne, Urus, and Bentayga all running off the same platform, this kind of part sharing is to be expected.
How much power will it have?
While the Urus receives a 650bhp version of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, don’t expect to see the same sort of power from the Bentayga.
That’s because the W12 is the hero of the range and you can’t expect people to buy that engine when a more powerful V8 is available.
Not to mention that a petrol V8 sounds a lot nicer than the W12, which is incentive enough.
So, the 4.0-liter V8 which slots into the Bentley will most likely receive the same sort of power as is in the Cayenne – 550bhp.
The power will still run to all four wheels through the same eight-speed automatic (that has paddle shifters, of course).
But there’s more
You may remember back in November we brought you footage of a Bentayga testing in Germany (you can see the video below).
That car was the test vehicle for a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain, which will use a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 petrol combined with an electric motor to reduce overall emissions.
The PHEV running gear in the Bentayga will be an adaptation of the same driveline in the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid.
Both petrol V8 and PHEV powertrains will be launched later this year, most likely at the Geneva International Motor Show in March.
Source: Auto Motor und Sport