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Bentley is set to reveal the "extreme Bentley" on March 3 at the Geneva Motor Show. It is to be the marque's fastest and most powerful production automobile ever. The title of the press photo you see here leads us to believe the new supercar could be named the Bentley Victoria.
Click here to view the teaser video released today; it shows the silhouette and front lights of a Bentley Continental GT. A quick shot underhood reveals twelve intake runners, presumably feeding 12 boosted cylinders in Bentley's unique W-configuration, a remnant of VW's mashup of two narrow-angle V-6s.
Bentley makes prominent mention that this new supercar will run on biofuel, and from that we're figuring the engine will run pure ethanol like certain Saab concepts of late. Ethanol-specific engines typically feature higher compression ratios to take full advantage of ethanol's higher octane rating and other unique chemical properties. But, alas, ethanol contains less energy than gasoline, increasing fuel consumption in the process. Could this score a new low for Bentley mpg, never one of the brand's selling points?
Perhaps Bentley is doing the unthinkable and fitting a biodiesel-powered twelve-cylinder, a la Audi's R8 concept. That probably wouldn't result in the most powerful Bentley, per se, though its torque figures could conceivably eclipse even the mighty turbo eights and twelves currently used.