Bentley Bentayga V8 Reportedly On Track For Mid-2018, PHEV To Follow

Bentley is apparently looking to expand the Bentayga’s range by adding a couple of new versions.

The first variant is expected to be launched in July 2018, according to AutoMotorUndSport, and it will be powered by a V8 petrol unit.

Slotting in the Bentayga lineup under the diesel option, it might use a version of the VW Group’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo unit that currently powers the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus. All three are underpinned by the same MLB architecture, so using it in the Bentley, too, makes perfect sense.

In addition to the new V8 engine, the Bentayga will also get a plug-in hybrid powertrain that’s expected to combine the 3.0-liter supercharged V8 and electric motor of the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid. The exact output is unknown, but its German counterpart makes do with 416PS (410hp) and 590Nm (435lb-ft) of torque, so we expect something similar for the Bentayga PHEV.

Note: Bentley Bentayga Diesel pictured