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The words "diesel" and "Bentley" have flirted for some years now, but it never gets beyond that initial stage. Bentley isn't against oil burners, but its customers in the U.S. and Japan aren't ready to connect the two, and that makes the issue a non-starter. Not only that, but Bentley CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen has reportedly said that, "the attitude of Chinese buyers is going to have a big effect on cars like ours in future, too, and they are none too keen [about diesels]."

The words "diesel" and "Bentley" have flirted for some years now, but it never gets beyond that initial stage. Bentley isn't against oil burners, but its customers in the U.S. and Japan aren't ready to connect the two, and that makes the issue a non-starter. Not only that, but Bentley CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen has reportedly said that, "the attitude of Chinese buyers is going to have a big effect on cars like ours in future, too, and they are none too keen [about diesels]."

Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Bentley Brooklands

Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Bentley Brooklands