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Bentley hints at its fastest car ever, with a green twist

Bentley releases a teaser photo and a few details about a new model it will show off at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.

Bentley Extreme Car
Bentley released this teaser photo of a mystery car to debut at Geneva. Bentley

For a superhigh-end automaker with a long history, Bentley keeps itself busy. The company launched the Brooklands coupe in 2007, and last year tweaked its Continental GT, appending the word Speed to the model name. Now Bentley teases us with tidbits about an extreme Bentley due to be launched at the 2009 Geneva auto show.

Bentley Continental GT Speed
The Continental GT Speed has similar features to Bentley's mystery car. Bentley

Bentley bills this mystery car as its fastest ever, then adds an environmental spin by noting it can run on biofuels. OK, a flex-fuel vehicle isn't exactly the most innovative technology, but Bentley has to do something to show it's responding to upcoming EU regulations on CO2 emissions.

From our examination of the teaser photos, the new Bentley bears a resemblance to the existing Continental GT Speed model. That car has a six-liter engine producing 600 horsepower, with city mileage just above the single digits. But it can get to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. The new model is going to have to beat that time to justify Bentley's claims, or at least beat the GT Speed's top speed of 202 mph.

Bentley Extreme Car
We caught this profile picture from a video on Bentley's Web site. Bentley