Bentley To Unveil New Biofuel Blitzer in Geneva

By Editors on January 28, 2009 1:33 PM

Confirming little more than it will be the British luxury maker's fastest and most powerful car ever, Bentley has released a teaser image of an as-yet-unnamed vehicle that will formally bow in at the Geneva Motor Show in early March. For the record, the current king of Bentley's realm is the awesome Continental GT Speed, a super exercise in its own right that can hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and top out at 202 mph courtesy of a 6.0-liter/602-horsepower twin-turbocharged W12 engine sourced from Bentley's parent company, Audi/VW. In addition to one-upping the formidable capabilities of the GT Speed, this new -- and also likely Continental GT-based -- offering will be designed to run on biofuel, most likely E85. That part of the eco equation is in keeping with a pronouncement Bentley made at last-year's Geneva gathering, when it committed to a 40-percent reduction in its CO2 emissions by 2012. Exactly how much this new road warrior ultimately contributes to that cause is open to speculation, but it should be great fun to see it in action.

Even in this less-than-fully-revealing image, Bentley's nascent supercar shows a good deal of its aggressor persona. The entire front fascia has been reworked with far larger air intakes for the engine and brake cooling plus hood vents to help dissipate the increased heat output of what promises to be a very stout engine.