The solar will quickly set on the W12 engine, however Bentley isn’t letting the distinctive 12-cylinder engine configuration go away and not using a celebration, or a particular version.
The brand new Pace Version 12 spec might be out there on the Bentley Continental GT coupe, Continental GTC convertible, Flying Spur sedan, and Bentayga crossover.
Manufacturing of the Pace Version 12 might be restricted to 120 vehicles for every of the corporate’s 4 mannequin strains.
Beneath the bonnet there’s a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine cranking out 485kW between 5000 and 6000rpm, and 900Nm between 1500 and 5000rpm. All this fury is shipped to all 4 wheels by way of an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
As its identify suggests, every Pace Version 12 is predicated on Pace trim. A lot of the automobile’s brilliant work has been blacked out, and the particular version rides on 22-inch alloy wheels with self-levelling badges.
The brand new Opalite paint possibility (pictured all through), which is primarily mild grey-green, however is claimed to disclose a delicate copper impact in brilliant daylight, is offered on the Pace Version 12.
Naturally there’s loads of Pace Version 12 badging in all places, together with on the outside, the numbered engine plaque, and cabin embroidery. The quantity 12 can be machined into the organ cease air vent controls.
The seats function silver distinction stitching, and a quilted sample with a three-colour fade on the higher part, whereas the door panels have an analogous quilted end with accompanying distinction sew work.
Along with all this, all Pace Version 12 consumers can even obtain a 15 per cent scale mannequin of the W12’s engine block that’s made out of the identical aluminium used for manufacturing engines.
Bentley will stop manufacturing the W12 engine in April 2024. The 6.0-litre W12 made its debut in 2001, and consists of two 15-degree slim angle 3.0-litre VR6 engines joined collectively at a 72-degree angle.
Though the engine has been out there in Volkswagen Phaeton and Audi A8, it has primarily been discovered beneath the bonnet of Bentley autos.
The corporate says over 100,000 W12-equipped vehicles have been bought through the engine’s lifetime, making it the preferred 12-cylinder engine sequence ever. It must also be famous the Volkswagen Group’s W12 is, to date, the one mass produced engine on this configuration.
Bentley is phasing out the W12 engine because it transitions to turning into an all-electric model by 2030. Though the corporate’s first EV isn’t due till 2026, future excessive efficiency fashions are prone to function a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.