It’s no secret that the Bentley Bentayga diesel variant is currently under development but so far there has been no information on the powertrain’s whereabouts. Apparently, a lead engineer at Bentley has revealed that the marque’s first oil burner will be derived form the upcoming go-faster variant of the new Audi Q7.
The engineer was talking about the 2017 Audi SQ7 which will be ready next year. If the leaked Audi spec sheets are anything to go by, the diesel engine is a 4.0-litre V8 unit which employs an electrically driven turbocharger. The latest technology would increase the torque output while eliminating turbo lag.
Under the Audi’s hood, the high-performance motor is estimated to develop 435 PS and almost 1,000 Nm of torque. Bentley engineers could very well extract more output from the engine to better demarcate it from the SQ7’s version and to uphold the Bentayga’s reputation as the world’s fastest SUV.
We expect the diesel Bentayga to be ready sometime in the second half of 2016. The company is also working on a plug-in petrol hybrid variant which is due for 2017.
As of now, the Bentley Bentagya is available with a 6.0-litre W12 twin turbo petrol engine which has an earth shattering 608 PS and 750 Nm of torque. The brand’s first ever SUV has been a runaway success, so much so that the first year’s production has already been sold out.
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Via – Worldcarfans.com