We knew this day was coming, but Bentley has announced an end date for its 12 cylinder engine. Bentley will cease production of the engine in April 2024, by which time more than 100,000 units of the W12 engine will have been built.
The end of the brand’s 12 cylinder engine aligns with its goals to fully electrify its entire lineup by the start of the next decade. But before it goes, Bentley is sending the W12 engine out with a bang, since 18 Bentley Batur models will be powered by the engine. The engine in the Batur generates 740 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque.
“Our progressive journey towards sustainable luxury mobility means making changes to every area of Bentley Motors, stated Adrian Hallmark Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive. “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.”