We knew the Bentley W12 engine had an expiration date earlier than, however it’s going to return up even faster than anticipated. Revealed at this time, Bentley says the final W12 engine it produces will likely be in April 2024. That’s just one 12 months and a few months away!
Beforehand, Bentley made it clear that it will solely promote PHEVs and EVs by 2026, implying the W12 was executed for. It received’t final lengthy sufficient to stumble upon that 2026 restrict now that the 2024 manufacturing finish is about. By the point its finish date rolls round, Bentley can have remodeled 105,000 W12 engines because the 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged unit was launched for 2003. Every of these engines was hand-built by a staff of craftspeople — Bentley says every engine takes roughly 6.5 hours to finish.
Which Bentley fashions are going to be made out there with these closing W12s, you ask? The actual celebration for Bentley is occurring with the Batur, a small run of Mulliner coach-built coupes based mostly on the Continental GT. Ultimate validation simply wrapped up for the Batur model of the W12, and it’s probably the most highly effective but at 740 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. Versus the W12 present in different Bentley fashions, the Batur options reworked consumption, exhaust and cooling programs together with a revised engine calibration. Sadly, all 18 Baturs (pic beneath) are already spoken for.
Should you nonetheless desire a W12, Bentley says it has restricted order slots left for the Continental GT Speed, Bentayga Speed and Flying Spur Speed. Moreover, Bentley will mean you can spec it in both the Continental GT Mulliner or Flying Spur Mulliner. No different new Bentley orders will likely be W12-compatible between now and manufacturing completion. The corporate warns that there are solely a restricted variety of construct slots left, so anybody nonetheless on the fence ought to act rapidly if they need the W12.
Through the years, Bentley says the W12 has seen a 37% enhance in energy, 54% enhance in torque and 25% discount in emissions. The largest modifications got here in 2015 when Bentley redesigned the engine “from the sump up” for the launch of the Bentayga SUV.
As of at this time, there are 30 folks concerned within the engine meeting course of. Bentley says it goals to retrain and redeploy all 30 into totally different positions as soon as W12 manufacturing ceases