Falling demand and increasing anti-diesel attitudes have led to the brand to withdraw its only diesel model in Europe

Bentley’s first diesel car, the V8 diesel-engined version of the Bentayga, will also be its last offered in Europe.

The Bentayga Diesel, first introduced in late 2016, has been pulled from sale in Europe, including the UK, although it remains available in thirteen markets global markets, including Australia, Russia and South Africa

Bentley issued the following statement: “Over recent months, the political legislative conditions have changed in Europe, and a significant shift in attitude towards diesel-powered cars has been widely documented.

“These factors, alongside the recent introduction of the new Bentayga V8 and our strategic decision to focus on electrification in the future, have led to us taking the decision to offer only petrol Bentayga derivatives in European markets from September 2018.”

Although the Bentayga going petrol-only will have a negligible impact on overall UK diesel registrations, it's part of a wider shunning of diesels by the British public, which has forced manufacturers to trim numerous models from their line-ups.

So far in 2019, diesel has made up less than a third of total new car registrations, whereas it made up almost 50% in 2015.

Bentley wouldn’t specify what proportion of Bentayga sales the diesel had been taking, but alongside three powertrains (W12, V8 and V6 plug-in hybrid), it was likely to be a niche offering, particularly in the petrol-favouring super-luxury segment. 

Until the end of the second quarter of 2018, there were 815 W12, 518 diesel and 115 V8 Bentaygas registered on UK roads, although the W12 was introduced first, the diesel in late 2016 and the V8 petrol and V6 plug-in hybrid earlier this year. 

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3 October 2018

I can't comprehend why anyone would pay this much for a car and fit it with a rattling diesel. It can't be to save on fuel, surely.

3 October 2018
Andrew1 wrote:

I can't comprehend why anyone would pay this much for a car and fit it with a rattling diesel. It can't be to save on fuel, surely.

 

1, They don't rattle.

2, Range.

3 October 2018
Luap wrote:

Andrew1 wrote:

I can't comprehend why anyone would pay this much for a car and fit it with a rattling diesel. It can't be to save on fuel, surely.

 

1, They don't rattle.

2, Range.

Well it cant be for the pleasure of handling the diesel pump at the filling station. Or do you get a man who does that for you with your Bentley?

3 October 2018
Luap wrote:

Andrew1 wrote:

I can't comprehend why anyone would pay this much for a car and fit it with a rattling diesel. It can't be to save on fuel, surely.

 

1, They don't rattle.

2, Range.

 

Agreed they dont rattle any more but i dont think range is too much of an issue in europe as compared to the other mentioned countries like Australia or Russia

3 October 2018
Luap wrote:

1, They don't rattle.

2, Range.

Range? Good one! Why? The gentleman in the back doesn't have to take a pee from time to time?

3 October 2018

I can't comprehend why anyone would pay this much for a car that looks so hideous!

3 October 2018

Wonder how much they've lost (RD, support etc) on each diesel sale?

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3 October 2018

Not a huge amount as the engine was developed by Audi for use in the SQ7 and in due course the A8 and VW Touareg.  The older 4.2 diesel used by Audi VW was a fabulous engine and the newer 4.0 is even better. 

3 October 2018
armstrm wrote:

Not a huge amount as the engine was developed by Audi for use in the SQ7 and in due course the A8 and VW Touareg.  The older 4.2 diesel used by Audi VW was a fabulous engine and the newer 4.0 is even better. 

It's not cheap to mod any engine for use in a different car especially if it sells in such tiny numbers as is the case here.  Then there's all the hidden costs most people don't think about,  tooling costs, training, documentation, on going support etc.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

3 October 2018
xxxx wrote:

armstrm wrote:

Not a huge amount as the engine was developed by Audi for use in the SQ7 and in due course the A8 and VW Touareg.  The older 4.2 diesel used by Audi VW was a fabulous engine and the newer 4.0 is even better. 

It's not cheap to mod any engine for use in a different car especially if it sells in such tiny numbers as is the case here.  Then there's all the hidden costs most people don't think about,  tooling costs, training, documentation, on going support etc.

But its not really a different car, the Bentley shares its platform with the A7, A8, Q7, Q8, the  Urus, the Cayenne, the Panamera, the continental GT, the Flying Spur and the Touareg. 

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