Bentley wants to be the last automaker in the world to manufacture 12-cylinder engines.
While automakers worldwide are downsizing their engines to improve fuel economy and meet stricter emissions standards, Bentley has to plans on cutting its 12-cylinder engines from production. Currently, the automaker assembles W-12 powerplants for the entire Volkswagen Group and plans to lead future development of the engines. Rumor has it that Bentley plans to add direct injection to its 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 engine.
Currently the engine can be found on the Bentley Continental and Flying Spur models, but it will be offered in its upcoming SUV. Last year, the company built 5,000 W-12 engines but production is expected to nearly double to around 9,000 units once the SUV is in full production. Top-of-the-line Audi A8 models also use the W-12 engine, albeit in low volume.
Mercedes-Benz recently unveiled its new S65 AMG Coupe, which is powered by a V12 engine. The German automaker has also expressed its desires to keep producing V12s and using them in their range-topping models.
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