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March 04, 2010
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The first tangible step in the delivery of that strategy was unveiled in Geneva last year with the launch of the Continental Supersports, the first Bentley to be able to run on gasoline, E85 bioethanol or any combination of the two fuels.
Geneva 2010 marks another significant step forward. From 2011 Model Year, (available June 2010), the entire Continental range will be FlexFuel in all markets – including, for the first time, North American. This includes the new Supersports Convertible – the fastest 4 seat production convertible ever. With this development, over half of Bentley’s production volume in 2010 will be FlexFuel compatible. This advance will ensure Bentley customers can take advantage of the recent expansion of renewable fuel infrastructure in key markets including the US and thus help reduce dependency on fossil fuels and give immediate benefits in terms of CO2 emissions.
Bentley Chairman & CEO, Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen, said: “When we launched our environmental strategy in Geneva two years ago, it was a clear pledge to reduce the impact of our cars on the environment. This latest development is proof of our commitment and is a significant step towards the achievement of our 2012 targets.”
Bentley remains on track to deliver all of its environmental strategy targets. The 6.75 litre V8 engine, completely re-engineered for the new Mulsanne, delivers a 15 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions as well as improved power and torque, through the introduction of two new control systems; cam phasing and, a first for the ultra-luxury sector, cylinder deactivation. This reduction in emissions will be matched across the range by 2012. In addition, the development of the all-new powertrain which will deliver a 40% improvement in fuel economy with the performance expected of a true Bentley is progressing well with an announcement expected within the year.
(March 4, 2010)