Let’s hope it inherits the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s powertrain that produces 680 hp.
After the coupe broke cover last year, the Bentley Continental GT range is about to rapidly expand. Spy shots have shown a convertible Continental GTC is in the works, and we recently got a first look at a prototype of the hardcore Continental Speed.
The expansion won’t end there however, as our spies have spotted a plug-in hybrid version of the luxury grand tourer. Aesthetically, it looks virtually identical to the standard model apart from a few subtle tweaks and the addition of a charging port on the rear left fender opposite the fuel cap on the other side.
Word on the street suggests the Continental GT PHEV will get the same hybrid powertrain as its SUV sibling, the Bentayga PHEV, which uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 petrol engine paired with an electric motor. If the specs match the hybrid Bentayga, the electrified Continental GT should deliver a pure electric range of up to 31 miles in the NEDC test cycle.
Oddly, Bentley still hasn’t revealed any technical specifications for the Bentayga plug-in. However, the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid shares the same powertrain and produces a combined 462 horsepower, which gives us a rough idea of the Continental GT PHEV’s potential power output.
Alternatively, Bentley could stuff the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s powertrain in the electrified Continental GT. If this is the case, this setup would deliver a whopping 680 horsepower, making it the most powerful Continental in the line-up. Nothing has been officially confirmed yet and we aren’t expecting the Continental GT Plug-In Hybrid to be unveiled until next year considering we’re still waiting for the Continental GTC, Speed, and the new Flying Spur to break cover.