The Bentayga has always been a natural candidate for a plug-in hybrid powertrain, given the fact that quite a few are bought in large cities overseas and are typically used for commuting.
This particular Bentayga Hybrid was built as a one-off for a customer in China, finished in a dark emerald color called Viridian—a traditional Chinese hue—a color originally created for the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept.
“Within Chinese culture, the color green represents purity, regeneration, hope, harmony, and growth. This provided the stimulus for Bentley Mulliner when creating the unique car,” the automaker says. “The dark greens reflect nature and are fundamentally soothing, adding to the inherent serenity brought by silent electric motoring in the Bentayga Hybrid. Furthermore, the shades of green commissioned by the customer were inspired by the British countryside, specifically the Lake District.”
On the inside, the Bentayga was optioned with Cumbrian Green leather with contrasting stitching and the same dark green piano veneer, with Mulliner also creating a silver metal overlay for the passenger-side fascia in a geometric diamond design inspired by the EXP 100 GT concept car. The Viridian color extends to the center pockets of every spoke of the 22-inch Mulliner specification wheels.
“To contrast the Cumbrian Green interior, Bentley Mulliner has added white accents through the car to accentuate the flow and beautifully crafted lines of the Bentayga Hybrid,” the automaker says. “Using contrast carpet binding and contrasting hand stitching to the seats, Bentley Mulliner elevates the serenity and depth of the interior. The process of hand cross-stitching a Bentayga cabin takes one craftsperson 44 hours to complete. Unique thread has been designed to be extremely durable and uses special dyes to maintain its color to last for the lifespan of the vehicle.”
When it comes to the drivetrain, the Bentayga Hybrid features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine paired with an electric motor boasting a combined output of 443 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, good for 0-to-60-mph launches in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 158 mph.
If this recipe sounds familiar, that’s because it comes from the deep powertrain shelves of Volkswagen AG, specifically from the Audi lineup, where a turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI engine paired with an electric motor produces exactly 443 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. You may have read about its usage in the current Audi A8 TFSI e sedan, where it features a 14.1 kWh battery pack and a motor located in the torque converter of the eight-speed automatic. The same system is used in the Bentayga Hybrid as well. Among other things, the A8 TFSI e offers a pure-electric range of 17 miles and is rated at 54 MPGe, but Bentley has squeezed out an extra mile for the Bentayga Hybrid’s electric range, which is rated at 18 miles.
This Mulliner-spec Bentayga might be a one-off, one that will be shown in a few days at the Shanghai Motor Show, but the Bentayga PHEV itself is very much a production option, having been offered since 2019.
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