Volkswagen’s Bentley W-12 Engine will probably be changed with V-8 and V-6 hybrid manufacturing. The 20-year-old engine will attain the top of the road in 2024. The brand new model is predicted to have 740 horsepower. As automakers are transitioning in the direction of electrical autos and hybrid autos, the modifications are bringing an finish to the previous fashions and gear as effectively.
Sometimes made up of two VR6 engines, the W-12 has been round for the reason that early 2000s in varied kinds. In addition to the big selection of Bentley fashions wherein it’s out there, together with the Continental GT, the Flying Spur, and the Bentayga, it was beforehand provided in different VW Group autos such because the Audi A8 and Volkswagen Phaeton. Bentley views the Batur because the sendoff for the W-12, as that mannequin options essentially the most highly effective model of the engine, with a brand new confirmed output of 740 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque (up from the 729 horsepower initially claimed). Nonetheless, it’s already offered out, and the corporate warns prospects that few order slots stay for different Bentley fashions geared up with the W-12.
Certainly through the years, Bentley has steadily elevated the ability output of the 6.0-liter by 37 %, and torque by 54 %, noting how emissions have come down over the identical interval by 25 %. Clearly not sufficient for the long run, in fact. The 2-decade-long evolution of the W12 has taken in oil and cooling redesigns, higher turbo tech, higher injection, and combustion processes, and in 2015, a whole overhaul from the ‘sump up’.
Highly effective variations
“After we first launched the W12 again in 2003, we knew we had a mighty engine that might propel each our automobiles and the model forwards at pace,” Bentley boss Adrian Hallmark mentioned. “20 years and greater than 100,000 W12s later, the time has come to retire this now-iconic powertrain as we take strides in the direction of electrification, however not with out giving it the perfect send-off potential, with essentially the most highly effective model of the engine ever created.”
He’s pointing to the ultimate act for the W12, the place it can sit contained in the astonishing Bentley Batur Adrian Hallmark (pictured above) and notice its strongest iteration – a heady 740bhp and 738 lb-ft of torque. The facility has been liberated through greater turbo ducts, redesigned turbo compressors, greater charge-air coolers, and revised engine and transmission calibrations. All 18 of those distinctive automobiles have in fact been offered, however Bentley says it’s nonetheless potential to order the ‘customary’ 650bhp Velocity model of that W12 within the Conti GT, Bentayga, and Flying Spur. With the concession, in fact, that demand for these final W12 automobiles “is predicted to be excessive”.