Bentley wants to be the last manufacturer of 12-cylinder engines in the world

Article by Andrew Christian, on July 19, 2014

Despite the fact that all the carmakers are currently downsizing their engines, it appears that Bentley will adopt a new strategy as it wants to be different. According to a senior manager, Bentley wants to be the last manufacturer of 12-cylinder engines in the world.

And we don’t believe this target will be very hard to achieve, as all there are few companies that still use these big engines. Still, Mercedes-Benz has a similar goal and we might see a small battle there.

Bentley sources told Car and Driver that the company will switch to direct injection technology on its 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engines. Bentley’s upcoming SUV will also use the W12 engine although it will be offered with the smaller 4.0-liter V8 as well as with a hybrid powertrain.

Back in 2013, Bentley built 5,000 W12 engines, but that number is expected to increase to 9,000 engines once the SUV rolls off the production line. On the 2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed, the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine develops 635 hp (467 kW) and 820 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque.

Still, these numbers are expected to increase slightly. Do not expect a dramatic power increase as the biggest restriction is the torque limit of any transmission the engine is fitted to.

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