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Published on May 2nd, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


Bentley SUV is a V6 Hybrid

May 2nd, 2012 by  

If you give a serial murderer a water gun, is he all of a sudden not evil? Obviously not. If you give an SUV a hybrid drivetrain, is it all of a sudden clean and green? Well, I guess that depends on who you ask. For a more nuanced discussion of this matter, as it concerns a V6 hybrid Bentley SUV that’s apparently in the works, here’s a Gas2 post from Jo Borras (at least half of which I don’t understand — have I told you I’m not a car guy?):

Green is the New Fast: Bentley’s New SUV is a V6 Hybrid (via Gas 2.0)

Bentley’s latest new platform, the 9F “concept” SUV shown earlier this year, has met with … I think “mixed reviews” is the polite way of saying that everyone hated it, right? Anyway, everyone hated it, and Bentley’s hoping you’ll give it a second chance by thinking of it as “slow…

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  • TedKidd

    Needs to be rid of the center hump. That is a BIG differentiator that says “I’m Electric!”

    Also, needs 0-60 time sub 7 seconds.

    v6 seems kinda dumb. Put in a smaller gen with more batteries.

  • danwat1234

    Bentley should be able to stop making just gas guzzlers and make a nice fast hybrid car that gets the fuel economy of a V6 with the power of a V8, without having the car look any different than their traditional cars. I welcome hybrids, consumers shouldn’t have to drive a gas guzzler to have luxury. Take the Model S for instance, fully electric, 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and a driving range of ~250 miles.

    • Bob_Wallace

      I agree. I see no need to make any more pure fuel vehicles, at the minimum make all new vehicles hybrids.

      And I can’t find a reason to make any pure hybrids. Every driving need that I can identify could be done with a PHEV. Who couldn’t drive as they now do with a GM Volt, full-sized pickup or SUV?

      If there is someone who truly has no place to plug in, then offer a special version with the battery pack removed. The next owner can put one back in.
      Those Bentleys aren’t likely going long distances. A PHEV version would likely be a “nothing but electricity” ride for almost all.

  • Very childish.

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