The Bentley 6.75-liter V8 engine dates all the way back to the 1960s where it originated from Rolls-Royce, but it would appear this powerful engine's days are numbered. Car and Driver recently had the chance to talk to Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bugatti and Bentley CEO, who discussed the future of the Bentley brand ahead of his imminent departure to Audi. He confirmed that the Volkswagen-owned ultra-luxury brand will be phasing out this engine in favor of more efficient diesels and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Based on the C/D article, the diesel engine will first appear as an option in Bentley's first-ever and forthcoming SUV – the EXP 9 F pictured above – and then it will trickle down into the sedans. No official word as to which diesel engine will be found under the hood of future Bentley vehicles, but C/D thinks that it will be a new 400-horsepower V8 TDI engine expected to launch next year in the Audi A8.

A diesel-powered Bentley isn't as big of a stretch as you might think. After all, Dürheimer played a critical role in getting diesel engines into the Cayenne when he was the development chief at Porsche.

In other news, Dürheimer also talked about the future of Bentley in regards to plug-in hybrid technology. PHEV isn't a totally new idea to Bentley – it was mentioned when the EXP 9 F Concept debuted earlier this year – but the interesting note here is that Dürheimer confirms that the plug-in powertrain will be available on other models, as well.


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      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      makes sense, they have to reduce their CO2 for Europe and increase their CAFE for the USA.
        captnclintock
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        Would the CAFE requirement affect VW's subrands or VW as a whole? If the latter, then the subrands could probably afford to have some expensive, "special" cars that guzzle gas. I think that a Mulsanne is a lot cooler with its twin-turbo 6.75 OHV V8.
      mkoesel
      • 2 Years Ago
      They are absolutely not dropping the V8 in favor of diesels and hybrids. As the referenced C&D article clearly states, they are merely adding diesels and hybrids, while also retiring the old V8. However, the 6.0L W12 and new 4.0L V8 will remain, though the latter may never be fitted to the flagships currently using the 6.75L, such as the Arnage and Mulsanne. However, note that that new V8 makes as much power as the old 6.75L pushrod mill, which, along with the fact that it was greatly outclassed by the W12, is probably another reason why they will discontinue the old relic.
      MAX
      • 2 Years Ago
      This SUV is so ugly it could pass for a Toyota
      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they should drop this ugly piece of sheet (metal). Would love to meet the "designer" for this car. He or she must have styled it during school recess.
      bluemoonric
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whoever green lighted this design will be out of a job soon. This thing would not sell with a Kia MSRP on it.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Jonathan Arena
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very cool... this makes perfect sense since their vehicles weigh so much. I'm assuming they will make use of the Audi race engines that were developed for their Le Mans prototypes.... V10's or V12's making ungodly amounts of torque. Who can argue with a fuel range of 800 miles and 800+ lb ft. of torque!
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      dropping the 6 3/4??? that's worse that Jaguar offering up a 4 cylinder in their flagship sedan!!!
      Claud
      • 2 Years Ago
      Big mistake...........
        Jonathan Ippolito
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Claud
        Yes right because the new Enzo replacement is a hybrid and it is shapping up to also be a big mistake just like the new NSX is going to be !
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Claud
        Why? It's a luxury car manufacturer, the owners want something that's quiet and effortless. If a diesel can go unnoticed by the passengers, then what's wrong with equipping one?
      Jonathan Ippolito
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great there goes another great Brand to the abyss of obscurity . Then again we are talking about Bentley and who knows they might just surprise us all with something spectacular !
      pghcc2007
      • 2 Years Ago
      In the actual article it says that the v8 is being dropped in favor of 12 cylinder engines, that being said i'm still sad over the passing of this great engine.
      Weezle Eye
      • 2 Years Ago
      All I can say is 1) Bling Bling!!!, and 2) DO NOT WANT!
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