Bentley Ends Production of 12-cylinder Engines

BY Sean Loo

Bentley plans to end production of its 12-cylinder engine next April, as it prepares for its transition to electric vehicles.

Before the jump though, the British automaker said they would celebrate the milestone with a final swansong, with the most powerful variant of the W12 engine ever created. It is rumoured to boast 740bhp and 1000Nm of torque. Yes, the numbers do not lie, 1000.

The upgraded engine will only exist in 18 Bentley Baturs, and each will start at $2 million. If you wanted to get your hands on one, sorry! The vehicles are already sold out.

“The time has come to retire this now-iconic powertrain as we take strides toward electrification,” Bentley Chairman and CEO Adrian Hallmark said.

Due to stricter emissions standards, more automakers are now transitioning to electrical propulsion means. Bentley has since revealed that it would spend 2.5 billion pounds over the next decade to become a fully electric luxury brand by 2030.

Should you want to savour the famed W12 engine for the last time, Bentley still has stocks, albeit limited, for its 649bhp variant. These are available for the Continental GT, Bentayga and Flying Spur.

Once the W12 engine ceases production, it will be replaced with various V8 and V6 hybrid engines. A sad ending to a legendary engine, with more than 100,000 units sold since assembly began in 2003.

So what will happen to those who are currently employed to work on the W12 engines? Well, the 30 or so employees who manufacture the engine will be converted to other operations.

“Bentley will remain Bentley,” Georges said. “It is a harmony of sporty performance, at the same time it is luxurious, innovative and so on. All this package will remain.”

We certainly hope what he says is true.