Bentley TDI

Diesel- the right direction for Bentley?
Diesel- the right direction for Bentley?
Yes that's right, we could soon be seeing a diesel Bentley. OK, so it's not going to be some rattly old unit that's all about economy but it's still a diesel and it's in a Bentley. I'm not sure how I feel about that?

Maybe it shouldn't surprise us, after all VW have some fairly impressive diesels available, and only recently we told you about the R8 V12 TDI concept, but apparently there are some more performance orientated diesels waiting in the wings too

Adrian Hallmark, Bentleys Marketing Director told AutoTelegraaf that a diesel powerplant would make sense for the Bentley brand because its customers expect a low revving, high- torque engine. However the project has yet to get the green light- as customer demand isn't high enough to warrant the engineering costs.

If it does go ahead, the shortlisted engines are the VW V10 and V12 TDIs- however Hallmark claims that these units are too large to fit under the bonnet of the Continental GT or Flying Spur, so perhaps it will look to one of the forthcoming engines instead. Quite how Audi manage to fit the V12 into an R8, if it doesn't fit into a Flying Spur, is beyond us.

 

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  • The Curn 18 Feb 2008

    Just wrong IMHO.

    Some things just shouldn't have a diesel option.

    Fine in an A8 or Toureg, but not the Bentley or an R8...

  • briSk 18 Feb 2008

    if they can get it quiet enough (no reason why not)..i think it makes perfect sense to install a giant diseasel in a new money bentley saloon. i mean it's the ideal way to get giant low rev torque..

  • ASBO 18 Feb 2008

    The Curn said:
    Just wrong IMHO.

    Some things just shouldn't have a diesel option.

    Fine in an A8 or Toureg, but not the Bentley or an R8...
    Why?

    Bently's are all about torque. Big diesels provide plenty of that. What's the problem?

  • Twincam16 18 Feb 2008

    ASBO said:
    The Curn said:
    Just wrong IMHO.

    Some things just shouldn't have a diesel option.

    Fine in an A8 or Toureg, but not the Bentley or an R8...
    Why?

    Bently's are all about torque. Big diesels provide plenty of that. What's the problem?
    yes And nowadays they can be made whisper-quiet too.

  • Bedford Rascal 18 Feb 2008

    briSk said:
    if they can get it quiet enough (no reason why not)..i think it makes perfect sense to install a giant diseasel in a new money bentley saloon. i mean it's the ideal way to get giant low rev torque..
    I was thinking only the other day (in the way that us "petrol"head saddos do) - An old Arnage runs a beemer engine, right? Surely there must be a diesel from the BMW range that'll mate up to the engine mounting points and gearbox? Ooodles of sound deadening, lovely job.

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