Bentley launches a ski-drive holiday – but it isn’t cheap

Bentley and Bomber ski experience

Bentley and Bomber Ski have joined forces to create a skiing and driving holiday experience.

Set in the Rocky Mountains, Bentley and Bomber will host a group of ski enthusiasts at a six-day, five-night experience. Eighteen places are available on this ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’.

Six-time Olympic medallist and five-time World Champion skier Bode Miller will be on hand to provide expert guidance and coaching to skiers of all abilities.

Skiers are promised access to areas only accessible by Snowcat, allowing them to ‘catch the first glimpse of the sunrise before skiing untouched, pristine powder’.

Additional activities include snow-shoeing, a helicopter ride over the Rocky Mountain range and fine dining in the best restaurants.

Guests can expect a morning visit from the in-house ski valet when they stay at the five-star Lumiere Hotel in Telluride. Later, a private aviation transfer will fly the 18 guests to the Montage Deer Valley in Utah, where the trip will conclude.

The Bomber for Bentley Ski & Drive Experience follows the debut of the Limited Edition Centenary Ski and the Black Diamond Edition Ski that were launched last month.

Each design features diamond motifs, textures and patterns, inspired by Bentley’s EXP 100 GT concept car launched in July 2019.

‘Curated global experiences’

Bentley skiing holiday

Developed with Chris Cooke, head of product design at Bentley Motors, the ‘Bomber for Bentley’ skis are handcrafted in Bomber’s boutique factory in Italy, with each pair of skis taking roughly 32 hours to complete.

Predictably, the Bentley skiing and driving holiday isn’t cheap. The price of double occupancy is $28,950 (£22,257) or $17,950 (£13,800) for single occupancy.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the inaugural event which takes place from 4 to 9 March 2020. Bentley is promising additional ‘curated global experiences’ throughout the year.

Time to start saving… 

Limited-run Bentley celebrates American hillclimb record

Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak

Fifteen special Bentley Continental GTs are being made to commemorate the Pikes Peak Hillclimb record the company’s staple coupe took back in June.

You’ll have to be a dedicated Bentley and Pikes Peak fan to swallow the color. It borrows the Radium green paint scheme that the record-breaking car wore on its run up the mountain, along with splashes of black front-to-back.

The brake calipers and even the Pirelli P Zero tires get flashes of green, too. Happily, the car itself is also available in black.

Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak

A carbon fiber body kit adds some aggression, as do the ‘Mulliner Driving Specification’ 22-inch wheels in black. Optional is the ‘100’ marker on the grille, in the marque’s traditional racing style, to commemorate its centenary.

The green extends to the cabin, too. Green stitching is everywhere, while the outline of the mountain is embroidered on the headrests. The course itself is also outlined on the carbon fiber cabin trim.

Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak

“The new Limited Edition Continental GT is distinguished by a number of carefully curated features to honor that outstanding record run,” said Chris Craft of Bentley Motors.

“It reflects Bentley’s spirit of endeavor, one that has been a constant throughout the last 100 years and remains at the beating heart of the company.”

Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak

From the Pacific Coast Highway to Pikes Peak, you’d think the Continental GT would be well outside of its cosseting grand touring comfort zone. Still, the 630-horsepower Continental shaved 8.4 seconds off the existing record for the 12.42-mile hill course.

Former ‘King of the Mountain’ Rhys Millen took the Continental up the 156-bend 5,000-ft course in 10 minutes 18.04 seconds. If this unique, rare and special Continental is your flavor, it’s available to order now.

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2020 Bentley Flying Spur review: Spur of the moment

Bentley Flying Spur

I’ve been upstaged. As I waft into Monaco harbour aboard a chauffeured Bentley, a Russian billionaire has just dropped anchor in the world’s largest superyacht. Still, both means of transport seem apt for a principality that squeezes 12,261 millionaires into less than one square mile. And compared with the £650 million my oligarch rival has spent, the £168,300 Flying Spur looks a bit of a bargain.

Monaco may reek of unfettered wealth, but it’s also cramped, noisy and unwelcoming. An army of white-suited police officers – one per 100 residents – keeps out the riff-raff, but they wave Flying Spur through without so much as a Gallic shrug. Ensconced in a cocoon of deep-pile carpet and pillowy-soft leather, I’m enjoying the most densely-populated state on Earth in glorious isolation.

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This is how many owners will experience the Flying Spur: from the back while someone else does the driving. And it’s a gloriously decadent way to travel, with acres of legroom, electric window blinds, massaging armchair-style seats and a champagne cooler (only stocked with mineral water today, sadly). A smartphone-style remote control lets you adjust cabin temperature, surf the net, slide the front passenger seat forward and even retract the ‘Flying B’ on the bonnet.

Bentley Flying Spur

As wonderful as this is, by the time we arrive in Casino Square (part of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit), I’m itching to get behind the wheel. After all, the Flying Spur has a 6.0-litre W12 engine behind its prodigious prow. The camera-toting tourists look nonplussed as I emerge outside the famous Hotel de Paris, my home for one night only. In the morning, the sinuous Route Napoleon awaits, and I’ve given the chauffeur a day off.

As the valet hands me the keys, I feel slightly trepidatious. Monaco’s narrow hairpin bends aren’t ideal for a large limousine, but the Bentley’s four-wheel steering – which swivels the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the fronts at city speeds – makes it surprisingly manoeuvrable. The elevated driving position, half-way between ‘normal’ car and SUV, also helps. The cops give me a cursory nod and I cross the border into France, heading for the hills.

Onto the autoroute, I gun the 635hp ft W12 for the first time. Previously silent, it erupts with a cultured snarl and 2.4 tonnes of British craftsmanship rockets onward. The Jekyll-and-Hyde contrast of hushed refinement and concussive speed is remarkable – as is the utterly seamless way it switches to six cylinders to save fuel. Bentley says this is ‘probably the most advanced internal combustion engine available’ and I’m ready to believe it.

Bentley Flying Spur

There’s some very clever chassis tech, too. The available 664lb ft of torque is constantly variable between all four wheels, while Dynamic Ride decouples the anti-roll bars for softness in a straight line, then primes them for active roll-resistance when cornering. As the road climbs into the foothills of the Alps, the result is agility belies the Bentley’s bulk. Indeed, it feels little different to the Continental GT coupé, with direct steering, confidence-inspiring brakes and a pleasingly rear-biased feel if you switch to Sport mode.

After a few hours of fun, it’s time to return to Nice airport. Closer to the coast, the roads are choked with traffic, yet the Flying Spur soothes like few other cars can. There’s also joy to be found in its details: the rich wood veneer, diamond knurling on the door handles and analogue dials on the reverse of the media screen (ideal for a ‘digital detox’, reckons Bentley). I’m tempted to forget my flight and set the sat nav for Calais.

A couple of decades ago, cars such as the Flying Spur would have handled like yachts at sea. Now they deliver both comfort and dynamic prowess. You can keep your £650 million floating gin palace – and you can keep Monaco. But can I keep the Bentley?

Price: £168,300

0-62mph: 3.8 secs

Top speed: 207mph

CO2 G/KM: 337

MPG combined: 19.1

2020 Bentley Flying Spur: in pictures

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Bentley Motors loses trademark battle with… Bentley Clothing

Bentley coat

Bentley Motors will not be able to use the word ‘Bentley’ on its clothing range sold in the UK after losing a High Court battle with Bentley Clothing. 

The car firm will also only be allowed to sell a limited range of clothing: jackets, silk ties, caps and scarves.

It will not be allowed to sell other types of clothing as part of its profitable lifestyle goods range. 

Bentley badge

Manchester’s Bentley Clothing, established in 1962, registered a trademark of the name Bentley in 1982. The car firm began selling its own clothing in 1987, a move described as ‘honest concurrent use’.

However, the judge said evidence gave the ‘strong impression’ that, from 2000, Bentley Motors made a “conscious decision” to develop its Bentley-branded clothing range.

This amounted to “steady encroachment on Bentley Clothing’s goodwill”.

Bentley Clothing first approached the car firm about the matter in 1998, and launched the High Court action in 2017.

The Crewe-based car firm may now have to pay damages – and, reports, the BBC, could also be forced to “either hand over or destroy any items in its possession which infringe the trademark”.

Bentley Motors said it is considering an appeal and is “extremely disappointed” by the decision.

“We have been selling clothing for more than 30 years in the UK and at no point has there been any evidence of confusion with another company’s trademark.”

Bentley Motors reportedly tried to cancel Bentley Clothing’s trademark rights at the UK Intellectual Property Office. 

It was unsuccessful in its attempt. 

Bentley Motors’ Crewe factory is now carbon neutral

Bentley carbon neutral factory

Luxury car manufacturer Bentley has today announced that its Crewe plant is the first automotive luxury factory to become officially carbon neutral. This, on the way to its goal of being the world’s most sustainable luxury automotive manufacturer.

What does carbon neutral mean?

Bentley carbon neutral factory

What does it mean to say that the marque’s Crewe factory is carbon neutral? Well, the PAS 2060 standard reflects the factory’s exclusive use of renewable electricity. 

It also takes into account other measures to reduce the carbon that the manufacturing process emits. All emissions that Bentley can’t eliminate, are offset. That means in investing in gold standard carbon credits, the money for which goes into offsetting projects.

“The Carbon Trust is pleased to certify Bentley’s factory headquarters to PAS 2060, demonstrating its carbon neutrality,” said John Newton, head of certification, at the Carbon Trust.

Bentley carbon neutral factory

“The initiatives that Bentley has undertaken to achieve this certification demonstrate the company’s commitment to becoming more sustainable.”

Bentley doesn’t just want to be green in the production of its cars. It wants its cars to be green too. The marque has said that it’s ‘accelerating its push towards electrification’. The Bentayga is the first Bentley to be hybridised. The rest of the range is to follow in 2023. All that’s left is the introduction of its first full EV in 2025.

Bentley’s solar car park

Bentley carbon neutral factory

Bentley finished installing the UK’s largest solar car port earlier this year. Made up of 10,000 solar panels, it covers 1,378 parking spaces. That’s capable of generating 2.7mw of the sites total solar output of 7.7mw. In total, the Bentley factory produces enough solar energy to power 1,750 homes.

“While 2019 has marked Bentley’s centenary, our focus is now on preparing the business for the next 100 years,” said Adrian Hallmark, chairman and chief executive office of Bentley Motors.

Bentley carbon neutral factory

“We want to lead the way in the delivery of sustainable luxury mobility – by providing our customers with products and services that reflect their own values.

We are very conscious of our responsibility to consider the environmental, social and economic impact of our organisation, and today’s news is just the latest stage in this journey.”

Flying Bee: Bentley bees are making honey

Bentley now makes honey

You’ve heard of the ‘Bentley Boys‘, but what about the ‘Bentley Bees’?

Around 120,000 bees took up residence in Bentley’s Crewe base of operations in May. Since then they’ve been hard at work making Bentley’s latest offering. That’s right, Bentley’s bees are making honey, the first harvest of which has now arrived.

Bentley is expecting to make around 100 jars of honey from two hives. It wouldn’t be a Bentley product if it didn’t have a special touch. As such, the jars will feature a label specially designed by Bentley interior designer Louise McCallum. 

Bentley now makes honey

The honey won’t be going on sale in Bentley dealers – it’s available to employees and VIP visitors to the Crewe facility.

If you think that a beehive might be an odd thing for a car manufacturer to play host to, we wouldn’t blame you. Bentley’s logic is sound, however. 

Bentley now makes honey

Bees are one of the most important creatures in the ecosystem. Their activities spread the genetics of flowers and plants all around, helping them spread and reproduce. They’re also in a great deal of danger. So Bentley decided it would be a good idea to play host to 120,000 bees to support the biodiversity of its locale. 

“Our beekeepers have seen the bees bringing in a wide range of pollens from the wild flowers we’ve planted on our site and the local countryside,” Said Peter Bosch, Bentley’s board member for manufacturing

“This is a great sign that the location is working well and has helped make the first harvest so productive.”

Bentley now makes honey

“Our Bentley bees are part of a wider programme we’re developing to ensure that our site and business operations reflect our ambitions to become the most sustainable luxury automotive manufacturer – and we’ve had great colleague engagement with the initiative.

“We’re delighted that the initial stage of this project has been a success and we’re looking at installing more hives and increasing the amount of Bentley honey we can produce next year.  We know that every little step helps to support local biodiversity and we have plenty more ideas in the pipeline to make sure we’re playing our part”.

Princess Anne’s Royal Bentley is up for grabs

Princess Anne's Bentley for sale

A Bentley formerly owned by ‘Britain’s hardest-working Royal’ is up for sale. You could own Princess Anne’s bespoke Bentley Arnage R, when it hits H&H Classics’ next live online Auction on 2 October. It’s estimated to fetch between £20,000 and £24,000.

This Arnage R was designed for use with the Special Escort Group, coming complete with blue flashing lights and a convoy ID light. As a nod to HRH Princess Anne, the Bentley B in the badges sits atop a pink enamel centre. 

Princess Anne's Bentley for sale

In the Princess’s ownership, it covered 10,000 miles before she moved it on (or had it moved in) in 2006. Since then, it’s covered another 35,000 miles. With 14 stamps in the service book from main dealers and specialists, and an MOT until May 2020, this Royal Arnage R is ready to go. 

The Arnage R packed 405hp and 616lb ft of torque, courtesy of a 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. Fit for a princess who was caught doing 93mph in her previous Bentley in 2001, then?

It’s a rare old beast, too, with just 373 right-hand-drive examples thought to have been produced.

Princess Anne's Bentley for sale

“The Arnage was the last of the Crewe-engineered, old school Bentleys and good examples are increasingly sought after by enthusiasts,” said Damian Jones of H&H Classics.

“Bentley Motors is celebrating its centenary this year and has supplied several vehicles to the British Royal Family. Buying this example would be a great way to celebrate the marque’s Big Birthday especially as it has managed to retain the convoy kit which is typically removed when these cars leave Royal Service.”

Lost in France: bombed Bentley rises again

Bentley Corniche rises again

The original Bentley Corniche of 1939 went through an awful lot during its short life. Commissioned by Greek racer Andre Embiricos, it was based on the old 4.5 Litre chassis and styled by Georges Paulin.

Although it was built by French coachbuilder Pourtout, the Corniche was much-admired among Bentley engineers, who felt the factory should produce a sporting version of the forthcoming MkV saloon.

Featuring a lightweight chassis using thin steel, and a tuned version of the Bentley MkV engine, the Corniche was completed in May 1939. Naturally, its first destination was the Brooklands circuit.

Bentley Corniche profile

Thanks to its streamlined body – including a smoothed nose – the Bentley Corniche achieved well over 100mph, a significant improvement over the standard MkV.

A potential star in the making, then? Unfortunately, fate had other ideas.

Bentley Corniche: lost in France

In July 1939, it was damaged by a bus while in France for road testing. A month later, with the repairs completed, a car pulled out in front of the Corniche, causing the Bentley test driver to swerve and hit a tree. The car rolled onto its side, causing extensive damage.

Bentley Corniche rear

With the car set to be displayed at the Earls Court and Paris motor shows, the body was removed from the chassis, with the body sent to a repair shop in France, and the chassis shipped to Crewe.

Once completed, the Bentley Corniche body was transported to Dieppe ready to be shipped home, but an admin error at the docks caused a delay, leaving the car stranded on the French coast.

While it was waiting to be shipped, the Corniche body was destroyed during a bombing raid on Dieppe. This left it lost in France – a short but sweet footnote in the 100-year story of Bentley.

Bentley Corniche

Or maybe not.

Thanks to the skills within Mulliner’s bespoke division, Bentley has re-created the long-lost Corniche, and it will make its public debut at Salon Prive in September.

The project started several years ago when volunteers from the WO Bentley Memorial Foundation and the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation hatched a plan to re-create the Corniche.

Progress was slow, as the volunteers gathered information and sourced parts to assemble the chassis. In 2018, Bentley injected some much-needed cash, when it looked like the project would grind to a halt.

Bentley Corniche by Mulliner

In February 2018, it was decided to bring the project in-house, with Bentley chairman and chief executive Adrian Hallmark requesting the completion to coincide with the company’s centenary celebrations.

‘A pivotal car’

“The 1939 Corniche was a clear step in Bentley’s design language which is evident when set aside the later and now iconic R Type Continental,” said Hallmark.

“It is a pivotal car in the history of Bentley, demonstrating that even then, this great British marque was at the cutting edge of design and technology. Mulliner’s stunning recreation of the Corniche clearly demonstrates our skill in restoring the greats from Bentley’s back catalogue.”

Bentley Corniche overhead

Using only the original technical drawings, the Bentley Corniche has been re-created using original Corniche and MkV mechanical components and a completely re-built body. 

The project team worked tirelessly to perfect the Corniche right down to the last detail, including hours in the paint laboratory producing colour samples for the Imperial Maroon body and Heather Grey side flash.

CAD drawings were used for the seats and door trims, while Mulliner’s trim team used a similar approach to create a period-appropriate interior.

Bentley Corniche interior

Master carpenter Gary Bedson even devised a steam booth to allow him to bend sections of the wood for the window surrounds, often spending over an hour wreathed in steam just to attain a few degrees more curvature.

The front grille – such a standout feature of the original Corniche – was re-created using CAD to analyse airflow and design each individual slat, which were hand-formed by skilled metalworkers over a period of three months.

‘Fantastic team effort’

“It’s been a fantastic team effort,” said Stefan Sielaff, design director at Bentley and director of Mulliner. “We have skilled craftsmen within Mulliner and around the rest of Bentley Motors and they all have massive pride in what they’ve achieved with this car.”

Bentley Corniche re-creation

The Bentley Corniche re-creation isn’t for sale, although you’d need the pockets of a ‘Bentley Boy’ to be able to afford what must be a priceless vehicle. 

Instead, the Corniche will take up residence as part of the Bentley heritage fleet for display at events and exhibitions around the world. It might want to avoid events in France… 

Bentley raises cash for Sir Elton John’s charity

Bentley raises cash for Sir Elton John charity

A Bentley Flying Spur First Edition has raised €700,000 (£625,000) for the Elton John AIDS Foundation charity.

The limited edition four-door Grand Tourer was revealed for the first time at a gala hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish.

Sir Elton John said: “It’s because of the consistent support and kindness of so many people in this room that we are able to commit the Elton John AIDS Foundation to real partnerships with world leaders that can make a future without AIDS.”

Bentley Flying Spur First Edition rear

A member of the Bentley Design Team will work with the winning bidder to create a personalised Flying Spur, with the new owner free to select from a range of colours, trim and stitching.

Built to celebrate Bentley’s 100th anniversary, the Flying Spur First Edition is limited to just 12 months of production, with owners invited to create “their own bespoke and completely unique car”.

It’s just as well a member of the design team will be on hand to ensure each Flying Spur retains an element of dignity and good taste.

Rocket Man

Bentley Flying Spur First Edition

The First Edition is powered by the same 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine found in the regular Flying Spur, which is mated to an eight-speed ZF dual-clutch transmission.

With 626hp and 605lb ft of torque on tap, the Flying Spur can sprint to 60mph in 3.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 207mph.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish hosted the star-studded fundraising event in Antibes, France, which included a guest appearance by Chris Martin of Coldplay.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised more than $450 million globally to challenge the discrimination against people affected by the epidemic. It has reached millions across 26 countries.

Bentley hasn’t revealed the price of the Flying Spur First Edition, but it’s fair to say it will be cheaper than the Sir Elton John auction car. Bank on spending around £200,000 for this latest chunk of luxury.

Bentley boss: “If we could build an electric Bentley tomorrow, we would”

Bentley CEO interview electric Bentleys coming

Last weekend I joined Bentley at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This is an important year for the British brand, as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Bentley’s presence could be felt across Goodwood. On the hillclimb, legends from the road and the track were giving no-holds-barred performance demonstrations. Elsewhere, a pack of concours Continentals celebrated the R Type, while a centenary display spanned the company’s history on the ‘cricket pitch’.

While all eyes were on Bentley’s illustrious past, however, I sat down with Adrian Hallmark, the new chairman and CEO, to talk about what the future holds. The Gurney enclosure is the perfect spot to enjoy action on the hill, with a view straight down after the second corner past the house. It’s not so great for in-depth conversation, but we weren’t complaining. As lunch was served, we wasted no time…

What comes next?

Bentley CEO interview electric Bentleys coming

It’s a curious period of transition for Bentley. The vice of emissions regulations grips ever tighter and the marque is also dealing with rapidly changing customer demands. It has also just previewed what the Bentley of 2035 might look like, with the stunning EXP 100 GT Concept.

In the immediate term, coupes and saloons aren’t the volume-selling machines they once were, but SUVs continue to find favour. Saloons remain popular in China and the United States, though, and should be served perfectly by the new Flying Spur. The Bentayga answered the SUV question a couple of years back.

The Mulsanne remains a relic of the last decade, albeit a delightful one. Hallmark concedes that its days are numbered: “Mulsanne is a tiny business. It’s China, the US, the Middle East, and mostly long-wheelbase. We sell 500 cars a year globally. I love Mulsanne, but it’s the end of an era. That kind of product, for most people, even if you’ve got a billion in the bank, doesn’t fit with people’s lives anymore.

“Bentley always needs to be at the top of luxury and performance. Whether that means something like Mulsanne, remains to be seen,” he continued, on the notion of a ‘halo’ Bentley. The Mulsanne is on a clock, then, but it should live on until 2023.

Bentley CEO interview electric Bentleys coming

As for the rest of the range, the coming years will see hybridisation across the board, from the new Flying Spur to the rest of the GT line-up. The Bentayga hybrid was first out, with deliveries scheduled to start soon.

Hallmark told us to expect a range of hybrid Continentals in dealers before the end of next year, although he insists they must be an option, not the option.

Will we see an electric Bentley?

Bentley EXP 100 GT revealed

Electric power is a curious question for Bentley. Our two cents is that it would suit something like the Mulsanne beautifully – being refined yet torque-rich. There’s the expense, too. It’s difficult to lump hatchback buyers with the premiums that such technology commands. A six-figure Bentley can more easily absorb the four- or five-figure cost of electric tech.

With the weight and power of current batteries, Hallmark is unsure, but has his finger on the pulse: The problem we have is that batteries available are too weak. Power density, battery management and longevity need to improve. It’s got to be the right size, the right level of performance, with the right range. Parity with a petrol-engined car would be enough: 250-400 miles of range.

Bentley EXP 100 GT profile

“We’re first in the queue to get the right level of battery in our cars, that’s around five years away, with the company that the Group [Volkswagen Group] has invested in, but we’re in no rush. If we could do a credible electric Bentley tomorrow, we would. But we can’t.”

Hallmark says we can expect the first all-electric Bentley on the road nearer to 2025.

Is there demand for an electric Bentley?

As far as customer attitudes to electric power go, it’s a mixed picture. On the one hand, Hallmark tells us, vintage Bentley owners couldn’t be less interested. On the other, younger Bentley buyers like the idea of an electric offering.

“Once a year, we survey buyers in the luxury marketplace. Around 30 percent of those people are Bentley buyers. Ask them if they’re interested in an electric vehicle and 10 percent say ‘yes’. If you ask those interested in a Bentley whether they’re keen on the idea of an electric Bentley, 30 percent say ‘yes’. I don’t want to be the last turkey in the butcher’s shop on Christmas Eve when it comes to customer choice. If we’re the last to get into the electric market, we will lose out.”

Why is there an increased interest in an electric Bentley? Well, the brand is slap bang in the middle-ground between sport and luxury – unlike McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini or even Aston Martin, where internal combustion powertrains are more central to their appeal. “Who wants an electric McLaren?” Hallmark jokes.

Bentley CEO interview electric Bentleys coming

“Our brand is not as clearly positioned, because we don’t just build red sports cars with two seats. We build cars people use daily. Do they knock on the door saying ‘Where’s my BEV, where’s my BEV?’ No. But the interest is there.

“We did a clinic with a product concept that went really well. The upper end of what you’d hope for. We asked them: ‘What powertrain do you think it had?’. Most said ’12-cylinder, possibly hybrid, 600-800 horsepower’. ‘OK,’ we said, ‘how would you feel about it being a battery electric vehicle?’ A 30 percent increase in appeal.”

Will Bentley kill off petrol engines?

Bentley CEO interview electric Bentleys coming

Although the desire for an electric Bentley is high, the petrol engine has life in it yet.

“We’re not ashamed of internal combustion. We want to offer both options and let the customer make the choice. We’re proud of the last hundred years, but we’ve got to think of the next hundred.”

“We may never phase out internal combustion if synthetic fuel is cracked. We’ll be one of the last if we do.”

Bentley CEO interview electric Bentleys coming

Hallmark is simultaneously anxious to electrify, then, and keen to keep internal combustion. He told us the only Bentley model that the new WLTP fuel economy test didn’t ‘get’ was the Mulsanne, because its V8 is so under-stressed.

The ultimate luxury is choice, then, and it’s one that Bentley fully intends to keep on the options list.