The other day, Bentley had two significant events. The first is the release of the 20-thousandth Bentley bentayga crossover. This model debuted in the fall of 2015, and mass production began in March 2016. Now Bentayga the most popular Bentley on the market: last year, out of 12430 cars produced by the company, 5232 crossovers were produced. However, it is interesting that Bentayga did not so much increase the total volume of production, as it took customers away from other models: for example, in 2014, 11033 Bentley cars saw the light, that is, slightly less than in 2019.
Meanwhile, an updated Bentley Bentayga crossover is on the way. Camouflaged cars have been found on the roads since last year, and recently there were fresh spy photos taken on European roads. A clever camouflage pattern with false headlights hides the main changes, but, according to preliminary information, Bentayga will get a more compact optics, and the interior is expected to part of the solutions borrowed from the new coupe Continental GT. Major technical changes are unlikely.
And the second significant event in the history of the company-the termination of production of lower-level V8 engines of the l series of the canonical volume of 6.7 liters. This engine was developed in the fifties by Rolls-Royce, and initially its working volume was 6,5 liters, but the cylinder block was already aluminum. In 1959, such engines began to be installed on rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, Rolls-Royce Phantom V and Bentley S2 cars.
In 1969, when the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Bentley T1 models were already in production, the piston stroke was increased from 91.4 to 99.1 mm, and the working volume increased to 6.5 liters. In 1980, a version of the engine with fuel injection appeared, although carburetor engines continued to be produced in parallel until 1986. And in 1982, the Bentley Mulsanne Turbo sedan debuted a version of the 6A engine with a Garrett turbocharger, and even these “eights” initially had carburetors.
After the divorce from Rolls-Royce, this engine went to Bentley, and in 2009, the new Bentley Mulsanne sedan debuted its latest version with two turbochargers and intercoolers, disconnected cylinders and a phase shifter on a single camshaft. Recoil up to 537 HP and 1100 Nm. These engines were assembled by hand at a factory in Crewe, the entire process taking about 30 hours. And just recently, the last engine was ready, which is about to be installed on the farewell Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Edition sedan. For 61 years, 36 thousand l-series engines were produced.
We haven’t heard about the successor of the Mulsanne model yet, so the flagship of the model range will remain the “Junior” Bentley flying Spur sedan. The company does not plan a completely new engine of the classic 6-liter volume, as Rolls-Royce did. The main driving force of Bentley cars will remain the modern Biturbo engine V8 4.0 and W12 6.0, developed by Audi. And not so long ago, the first six-cylinder model in 60 years appeared in the range a hybrid crossover Bentley Bentayga Hybrid.