Bentley CEO Reportedly Confirms The Next Continental GT Will Go Electric

Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark has revealed the company’s customers are becoming increasingly concerned about sustainability and their environmental impact.

Speaking with Bloomberg, Hallmark said “There is a new dimension long-term in the purchase decision – the ethical value.” He went on to say the desire to be eco-friendly has been so strong among the brand’s customers that it is already influencing the company’s product planning for the next 20 years.

While Bentley just introduced their first plug-in hybrid last month, more are coming as Hallmark said all of the company’s models will offer some form of electrification by 2025. Many will likely use the Bentayga Hybrid’s powertrain which consists of a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine, an electric motor and a battery which enables the crossover to travel more than 31 miles (50 km) on electricity alone.

Electric concepts

Bentley has also shown an openness to electric vehicles as the company introduced the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept in 2017. Hallmark suggested Bentley might not introduce an electric version of the Continental GT for up to decade but he reportedly confirmed the next-generation model will be available with an electric powertain. As he explained, “We already know that the [next version] will be a battery electric vehicle.”

Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept

Hallmark declined to elaborate but said the model will have “moral and ethical benefits.” He also stated if the company didn’t offer electric vehicles then they would be “massively underperforming in terms of customer potential.”

If the report is correct, then it would be a big change for Bentley as the latest Continental GT is powered by a massive 6.0-liter W12 engine that produces 635 PS (467 kW) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque.

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  • TrevP

    Electrification is the future, just going to have to accept it I guess.

  • Autoexperte

    for the half of the current price ok, because they remove a lot of technology (gear technology, motor construction)

    • Bash

      Not if they add crazy stuff, like a massage feature on the elbow rest, or ventilated/heated internal door panels. lol

    • Bash

      OR…. if they manage to make system that can do two different massage modes at the same time, one for each butt cheek, now that will assure the price to remain high. 😀

    • Status

      Bentley wouldn’t dare cut their price. If they did, anyone could have a Bentley, and then it wouldn’t be exclusive anymore.

  • It is inevitable but I assume some luxury and boutique manufacturer would still offer combustion engine for pleasure.