Car and Driver magazine recently got the scoop from Bentley’s engineering boss Rolf Frech on the future of an electric vehicle (EV) from Bentley. Despite talk from some Bentley execs about the Speed 6 debuting with an electric only option, Frech says nothing is set in stone yet.
It has been assumed here and in other media outlets that because the new Continental GT is being developed with, and using the same platform as, the new Porsche Panamera, it is only natural that Bentley will be using Porsche technology. Although this may be true in some cases, Frech says we shouldn’t assume Bentley will go all in as rebadged Porsches in the future.
“On the EV side, it’s more about what components are available and what are fitting best to the car we want,” he told us, “we will not copy the Mission E, we will do it in a typically Bentley way. The question we always ask is what is available in the group—it’s not only the Mission E, there are other possibilities around.”
There is a lot of speculation here. It’s not even clear if we are talking about a hybrid Speed 6 with an electric only mode or an entirely separate car. In part, Car and Driver’s post is in response to an earlier story they ran discussing a Bentley version of the Porsche Mission E concept car. Read the whole post on Car and Driver.