Bentley Will End Production of Its W-12 Engine in 2024
Bentley announced Tuesday it will end production of its long-running twin-turbo W-12 engine in April 2024.
The British luxury carmaker says a "limited number" of build slots remain for W-12-powered Continental GT, Bentayga, and Flying Spur models, meaning you can still buy a new 12-cylinder Bentley if you act quickly.
Bentley also confirmed the most powerful version of this engine will appear in the limited production Batur, where it'll be rated at 740 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque thanks to a new intake, a new exhaust, new turbos, and a reworked cooling system. Just 18 examples will be built, and all were sold before the car was revealed to the public.
"Our progressive journey toward sustainable luxury mobility means making changes to every area of Bentley Motors," CEO Adrian Hallmark said in a statement. "When we first launched the W-12 back in 2003, we knew we had a mighty engine that would propel both our cars and the brand forwards at speed. Twenty years at more than 100,000 W-12s later, the time has come to retire this now-iconic powertrain as we take strides towards electrification—but not without giving it the best sendoff possible, with the most powerful version of the engine ever created."
The W-12 made its first appearance in the Continental GT two decades ago. Since then, power from the motor has grown by 37 percent, and torque by 54 percent. Meanwhile, emissions have been reduced by 25 percent. All of this has been done through improvements in control systems, oil and cooling systems, turbocharging technologies, injection design, and combustion processes.
Every W-12 is handbuilt in a 6.5-hour process by a team of 30 people at Bentley's Crewe factory. By the time production ends, the team will have built over 105,000 examples. The company says all employees on the W-12 team will be retrained and redeployed in other parts of the business.
With the W-12 exiting, that leaves just two powertrains in Bentley's lineup: Its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 and its V-6 hybrid power unit... that is, until the first electric Bentley makes its debut.
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