Bentley to Produce W12 Engines for as Long as Possible

Bentley to Produce W12 Engines for as Long as Possible

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.

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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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