All Bentley Continentals to Have Flex-Fuel Capability from This Year On
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Starting June this year, all Bentley Continental vehicles will be sold as flex-fuel only. The decision was announced by Bentley at the Geneva Motor Show. All Bentley Continental sedans, coupes and convertibles would be made flex-fuel as a part of the company’s strategy to reduce CO2 emission by 15 percent by 2012.
As an initiative taken in accord with this move, Bentley launched the new 2011 Continental Supersports Convertible in Geneva. This car, Bentley claims, is the fastest open-top car that Bentley has ever produced and is also a flex-fuel.
From now on, the flex-fuel version of Bentley’s 6.0-liter W-12 engine will power all future Continental cars. The engine runs on both gasoline and E85 bioethanol and also on any mix of the two fuels from one fuel tank. This engine will be the only one offered on the range.
This move from Bentley means that more than half of its cars produced in 2010 will be flex-fuel compatible ones. The only exceptions to the flex-fuel compatibility are three Bentley cars- the Brooklands coupe, Azure sedan and all new-Mulsanne sedan which replaced the Arnage this year, reports a Bentley Motors Inc. spokesman. The production of the Brooklands coupe stops this year.
He also said that the Mulsanne will be modified so as to run on ethanol in the future, although he didn’t give any time frame for the event. The Mulsanne goes for sale in the U.S. in the fourth quarter. Bentley sold a total of 1367 cars in the US last year, its sales dipping down to a massive 49 percent. At present, sales have risen up 11 percent to 180 cars.