Bentley have announced the end of its iconic W12 engine.
They are planning to cease production of the 12 cylinder engine in April 2024.
The decision comes as Bentley moves towards a sustainable future where it will see its entire model line-up become fully electric. For the here and now, Bentley have just finished development work on their most powerful version of the W12 engine. This engine will be fitted to the (sold out) new Bentley Batur – of which there are 18.
The Batur W12 engine will produce 750 PS and 1,000 Nm of torque.
Our progressive journey towards sustainable luxury mobility means making changes to every area of Bentley Motors. When we first launched the W12 back in 2003, we knew we had a mighty engine that would propel both our cars and the brand forwards at speed. 20 years and more than 100,000 W12s later, the time has come to retire this now-iconic powertrain as we take strides towards electrification – but not without giving it the best send-off possible, with the most powerful version of the engine ever created.
The 750 PS titan that Mulliner has created for the Batur marks the end of a development journey of which our engineering and manufacturing colleagues should be extremely proud, and when production finishes in April next year we aim to retrain and redeploy all of the skilled craftspeople who still build each engine by hand.
Said Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Adrian Hallmark.
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