TechBentley phases out iconic W12 for greener, hybrid V8 powerhouse

Bentley phases out iconic W12 for greener, hybrid V8 powerhouse

Bentley's new engine
Bentley's new engine
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8:03 AM EDT, May 9, 2024

It was inevitable. After 21 years, the potent twelve-cylinder engine is rendered obsolete, giving way to a more contemporary approach. A smaller, electric-assisted engine will replace it to align with current trends.

Since its introduction in 2003, the W12 has been synonymous with Bentley. Yet, every era ends, and in today's eco-conscious and electric-driven world, these gas-guzzling giants find no refuge. In Crewe, the tough decision to seek a viable alternative was mandatory.

This substitute, while not as unparalleled, features eight cylinders. Nevertheless, this doesn't spell the end of distinction. The turbocharged four-liter engine, the EA825, is widely utilized across various Volkswagen Group brands, including Bentley. Now, it's being overhauled and equipped with hybrid support.

Thanks to these improvements, it will boast an impressive 750 hp – a 90 hp increase over the retiring W12. These enhancements aren't just about power; they also contribute positively to environmental sustainability, allowing for up to 56 miles of electric-only driving. While Bentley has yet to reveal the battery size, it's speculated to resemble Porsche's setup, approximately 25.9 kWh.
Though the debut model for the V8 hybrid remains unannounced, it's likely to become a staple in Bentley's lineup. Interestingly, this isn't the brand's first foray into plug-in hybrids; the Flying Spur is already available with a 2.9-liter V6 electrically augmented engine.
New V8 Bentley
New V8 Bentley© Press materials | Bentley
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