Amid downsizing trends and the arrival of Bentley’s all-new V8, the automaker continues with the development of the 12-cylinder engine. When interviewed by What Car?, Bentley's technical director Ralf Frech said that the W12 could have the same improvements as the new V8.
He asserted that the existing 12-cylinder that has been fitted to the Continental range would have improvements to enhance fuel economy and power, maybe bringing it near to 600bhp.
In comparison, the current W12 has 567bhp. The other sources implied that Bentley engineers have developed an eight-speed auto gearbox to replace the existing six-speeder.
In addition, Frech claimed that Bentley is considering hybrid technology, specifically a plug-in hybrid. He said that the company is waiting for the next generation of technologies since “none of the current solutions work.” Bentley sources said that the Mulsanne luxury limo and upcoming SUV would most likely be offered with a hybrid option.