Bentley Drops Bentayga Diesel From Europe

Another model has fallen victim to the diesel mayhem in Europe, the Bentley Bentayga.

According to a report from Autocar, Bentley justified their decision of pulling the Bentayga Diesel from Europe by saying:

“Over recent months, the political legislative conditions have changed in Europe, and a significant shift in attitude towards diesel-powered cars has been widely documented. These factors, alongside the recent introduction of the new Bentayga V8, and our strategic decision to focus on electrification in the future, have led to us taking the decision to offer only petrol Bentayga derivatives in European markets from September 2018.”

The diesel-powered Bentley Bentayga is not entirely gone, however, as it can still be had in other markets, including Russia, Australia and South Africa.

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Introduced a couple of years ago as the brand’s first-ever diesel-powered model, it uses the same triple-charged 4.0-liter V8 engine as the Audi SQ7, complete with twin-scroll turbos and a 48v electric supercharger.

Flat out, the Bentley Bentayga Diesel rockets from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, identical to its Audi sibling, but it has a higher top speed: 270 km/h (168 mph), instead of 250 km/h (155 mph). The latter allowed Bentley to call this version of the Bentayga “the fastest diesel SUV in the world”.

Back then, the VW Group-owned brand claimed an official fuel economy of 7.3 l/100 km (38.5 mpg UK / 32 mpg US), and CO2 emissions of 210 g/km.

Audi’s SQ7, on the other hand, is alive and well, and it’s still being sold in Europe. It emits between 190 and 199 g/km of CO2, states the automaker, and has an MSRP of £74,385 ($96,639/€83,680) in UK.

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  • Miknik

    Or, in other words, it would be to complicated (or expensive for the few units) to get it WLTP certified.

    • TheHake

      Ahhh WLTP… just a reason for the world’s governments to tax us more for the exact same stuff, all in the name of “honesty towards the consumer”. Fuggers!

    • Mark Hawthorne

      no, it simple no one wants to buy them.

  • Wow… I remember when it first came out that Bentley are enthusiastic with the diesel variant in Europe. Dieselgate killed a lot of cars beside VW.

  • They probably have an Hybrid version almost ready. Diesel and Bentley shoudn’t even be in the same sentence.

  • adbt20

    Good riddance! Diesel Bentley is an abomination, and completely beyond sense.

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