UDDATE: Bentley saw our title for this post, and was very confused. Apparently a mistranslation of Franz Josef Paefgen's interview led us down the wrong path. After speaking with Bentley directly, it is clear that the automaker has entered an early planning stage for its long term strategy in which many options are being considered for the brand, including potential diesel and hybrid powertrains. However, there are currently no firm plans to use such powertrains next year, or in the immediate future.
As AutoblogGreen so eloquently points out, Bentley isn't often mentioned in green car culture unless one is talking about the most polluting vehicles on the planet (the Bentley Arnage ranks third on the list). That may change as soon as next year. According to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Bentley CEO Franz Josef Paefgen revealed at the recent Geneva Motor Show that the automaker may begin installing diesel and even hybrid engines in its models as early as next year. According to the translation provided by AutoblogGreen, the move is meant to transform the company's image, which is odd since Bentley has an image as solid as gold, why change it? Nevertheless, we could definitely get behind a big honkin' diesel motor beneath a Bentley bonnet. Hmmm... sibling VW Group member Audi has a really nice V12 TDI that's about to go racing at Sebring next weekend in its R10 ALMS racer. As for a hybrid, we think they're getting done to death a bit, especially when a well-engineered diesel will provide better mileage on the highway with a bunch of grunt off the line. We have a request in to Bentley for a comment on these relevations, which we'll relay to you when it comes back to us. Meanwhile, you can click the Read link to check out AutoblogGreen's translation of the original German article.
[Source: AutoblogGreen via German Car Blog]