This Continental GT PHEV development vehicle wears badges from the W12 model, which is an odd dichotomy.
The Bentley Continental GT is the premium brand’s second vehicle to receive an electrified version. The plug-in hybrid Conti appears to have no camouflage on the body in these spy images from Motor.es. However, a badge on the side gives an extra element of intrigue to this car.
Except for the square-shaped hole on the right side of the grille, this Continental GT looks identical to the existing models. The lens-like design suggests it’s a sensor for advanced driver assistance technologies. The charging port is located under the cover on the rear fender, according to Motor.es.
The “12” logo sits on the vent directly behind the front wheel, which is odd. This would normally indicate that this Continental GT features the 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbo engine. This is remarkable given the Bentayga and Flying Spur’s plug-in hybrid variants have turbocharged V6 engines.
We can’t rule out Bentley breaking up a W12-powered Continental GT for testing the PHEV powertrain and merely leaving the 12-cylinder logos on the body to keep folks guessing since this is a development car.
We first heard rumors of Bentley working on a Continental GT plug-in hybrid last year. At the time, the company reported that customers were asking for a variant of the coupe with zero-emissions capability.
There’s no indication yet when Bentley intends to unveil the PHEV Continental GT.
Bentley announced a £2.5 billion investment in UK operations over the next ten years in early 2022. The money will go toward the automaker’s goal of producing its first electric vehicle by 2025. By 2030, the company’s entire product line will be electric vehicles.
Audi’s Artemis project is said to be used in the EV that will be released in 2025. The goal of this project is to create a platform for highly automated electric vehicles. After this architecture is complete, it will be available to additional Volkswagen Group brands.
The electrified model will be an SUV, according to Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark.