Bentley (Also) Rules Out Diesels. For Now.

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman
bentley also rules out diesels for now

Around here, our favorite items are of the "News That Will Shock No One" variety. Hot on the heels of yesterday's "shocking" revelations that Lutz hates oil burners and the April Fool's strike truckers' shutdown protesting spiraling fuel costs, no one here at TTAC is, well, shocked that Bentley isn't pursuing a diesel option. For the time being. Motor Authority is reporting that even though Bentley's marketing director feels mega-torque, slow-to-rotate mills are perfect for the brand, customers (shock) simply aren't interested. Especially here in the US of A, by far Bentley's largest market. However, as diesel motors are as popular as petrol engines in Europe (if not more so), and even stricter emission and fuel economy standards are just around the corner, Bentley's diesel hand might be forced. Luckily for the ultra-rich, Big Daddy VW has a lethal arsenal of killer no-spark plug motors– including and not limited to a simply mental new 6.0-liter V12 that delivers 500 hp. God can only guess at the torque. And he'd probably drive one, too.

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  • Eastaboga Eastaboga on Mar 25, 2008

    I need Diesel Bentley converted to run on the byproducts of the cocaine lab in the trunk. That's all I need in this world, and this lamp....

  • Frank Williams Frank Williams on Mar 25, 2008
    Juniper I’m sure Detroit Diesel could come up with something suitable. They should adapt the diesel from the Audi R10 to it. That could overcome some of the stigma of having a diesel in a Bentley by claiming it had the engine that's won LeMans repeatedly.

  • Juniper Juniper on Mar 25, 2008

    Frank That would be nice. but would 5.5L have enough grunt to get that thing moving? Top end would be Noooo Problem!

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Mar 25, 2008

    Yeah, I buy a car that costs more than a house and I'm going to opt for a former tractor engine? I think not. I want a rocket turbine jet engine or something... Some that makes noises like a fighter jet!!! VBG! (FWIW I am a diesel fan and an EV fan too).