We’ve known for some time that the Bentley W12 engine has an expiration date, but it will expire even sooner than expected. According to Bentley revealed today, the last W12 engine he will build will be in April 2024. That’s just a year and a few months away.
Bentley has previously revealed that it will only sell PHEVs and EVs by 2026, suggesting that W12 sales have ended. With an end of production set for 2024, it won’t last long enough to hit that limit for 2026. From the 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged unit introduced in 2003, Bentley has sold over 105,000 units by the end of production date. will produce his W12 engine. About 6.5 hours to complete.
Which Bentley models will be available in these final W12s? The real Bentley festivities are happening with Batur, Mulliner’s small series of coachbuilt coupes based on the Continental GT. Batur has finished the final validation of his version of his W12. With 740 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque, it’s our most powerful yet. Unlike his W12 found on other Bentley models, the Batur has a redesigned intake, exhaust and cooling system, along with improved engine calibration. Unfortunately, all 18 Baturs (pictured below) have already been approved.
If you still want the W12, Bentley says there are limited order slots for the Continental GT Speed, Bentayga Speed and Flying Spur Speed. Additionally, Bentley can specify it as either the Continental GT Mulliner or the Flying Spur Mulliner. Between now and the end of production, Bentley’s other new orders are not compatible with his W12. The company warns that there are a limited number of build slots left, so those still on the fence should act quickly if they want the W12.
Over the years, Bentley says the W12 has 37% more power, 54% more torque and 25% less emissions. The biggest change came in 2015 when Bentley redesigned the engine ‘from the thump’ for the launch of the Bentayga SUV.
There are currently 30 people involved in the engine assembly process. Bentley says it aims to retrain and redeploy all 30 to different positions once W12 production ends