Bentley to build W12 engines for VW and Audi starting 2015

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 20, 2014

Bentley will produce W12 engines for sister brands Volkswagen and Audi starting 2015. The ultra-luxury carmaker said that its Crewe headquarters in England will become a ''center of excellence'' for W12 engines, which are fitted in Bentley models, Audi A8 sedan and the VW Phaeton.

W12 engines for Audi and VW are currently assembled in VW's Salzgitter engine plant in Germany. Bentley builds the 6.0-liter W12 engine for its Continental GT coupe, Continental GTC convertible and Flying Spur limousine.

The engine will also power its new SUV. The decision means that the plant’s W12 engine production will surge to 9,000 annually in 2017/18 and will result to the creation of 100 jobs, Bentley said.

The new W12 engines will be Euro 6 emissions compliant, a spokesman for the carmaker remarked. In 2013, Bentley made nearly 5,000 W12 engines.W12 is a powerful but compact engine featuring 12 cylinders and a W-shaped layout.

Bentley has further enhanced its flagship Grand Tourer, the Continental GT Speed, in the areas of dynamic performance and visual presence. It is powered by the carmaker’s 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine that now generates up to 635 PS (626 bhp/467 kW) of output and up to 820 Nm of torque, allowing this flagship Grand Tourer to achieve 206 mph (331 km/h) in top speed for the coupe version and 203 mph (327 km/h) for the convertible variant.

Its Speed chassis features a stiffened and lowered suspension, allowing it to deliver a luxuriously comfortable GT experience in a powerful package. This show of power is well matched by styling that makes the Continental GT Speed stand out among the rest. For the first time, its front splitter, rear diffuser and discrete side skirts are finished to match the exterior color. Its 21-inch Speed wheel design, headlamps and tail lamps are all finished in a dark tint.

Moreover, the Continental GT Speed features red-painted brake calipers as well as an elegant chrome "Speed" badge on to the front fenders. Bentley is now offering a new signature Speed paint color -- Candy Red. Of course, visual changes on the exterior are continued inside. For instance, the GT Speed feature a new color split made just for the Speed models. The GT Speed gets a dark monotone interior, while accent stripes in contrasting color are found on the doors, fascia wings, rear panels and inner console as well as gear lever.

Likewise, contrasting stitching is sewn to various parts of the cabin. Customers may opt to have the contrast stitching continued through the diamond quilting of the seats and doors. Aside from these elements, Speed branding is likewise sewn to the front and rear headrests. Lastly, a chromed "Speed" badge is mounted on the passenger side fascia panel.

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