Bentley to Become Sole Manufacturer of VW Group’s W12 Engines by the End of 2014

Bentley has announced that its Crewe headquarters will become the center of excellence for the Volkswagen Group for all W12 engine production from the end of 2014 onwards. Around 100 new jobs will be created because of this decision.

Furthermore, Bentley says the move will reinforce its position as the world’s largest producer of 12-cylinder engines, and will result in the company exporting engines for the first time in its history.

Outside the Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur, the only VW Group vehicle that is currently offered with a W12 engine is the Audi A8 L W12. In the past, the VW Phaeton and Touareg were also offered with this type of powerplant. Bentley expects to build up to 9,000 engines per year at peak times, many of which will be fitted to its upcoming SUV.

“This is an important step, not just for Bentley but also for the UK manufacturing sector,” said Bentley Motors CEO, Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber. “This W12 center of excellence is recognition of the long standing engine manufacturing expertise we have that has resulted in performance improvements across the model ranges over recent years. The production of this advanced engine and its future generations will bring new technologies and skills to Crewe.”

The VW Group’s 6.0-liter W12 engine produces up to 626 hp (616PS) and 820 Nm (605 lb-ft) of torque in the Bentley Continental GT Speed. The engine is also offered in lower states of tune in the Bentley Flying Spur (616 hp/625PS) and Bentley Continental GT (567hp/575PS). The Audi A8 L W12 is powered by a 6.3-liter W12 engine producing 493hp (500PS).

By Dan Mihalascu




Ferrari 488 Pista Spider Sets The Benchmark In Open-Top Supercars

Can anyone find a flaw in the way the new 488 Pista Spider drives? Well, they can sure try…

BMW M2 Competition, M4 And Others Recalled Over Potentially Faulty Airbags

Certain 2019-2020 2-Series, 3-Series and 4-Series models are also included in the recall.

Several States Want To Use Credit Cards At EV Stations, Security Concerns Arise

Most current electric vehicles chargers use an app or secure, contactless payment methods.

Corvette Z06 Driver Does A Mustang By Attempting Burnout, Ending Up In Ditch

The ‘Vette disappears in a cloud of white smoke before crashing in an embarrassing manner.

Red Is So Overrated; Ferrari SF90 Stradale Is Much Better In Azzurro Dino Blue

The SF90 Stradale uses a twin-turbo V8 and three electric motors – and looks stunning in that hue.

Watch A VW Driver Try To Inflate Their Tires With… An EV Charger!

An EV charger looks nothing like an air pump – yet, somehow this driver thought it would do the trick.

You Don’t Have To Be An Aston Martin Fan To Be Mesmerized By The New Vantage

The baby Aston combines killer looks with lots of grunt in a nearly perfect package.

Honda City Car Lets You Take A Hot Bath And Relax While Being Driven Around

This sounds crazy, but with the advent of fully autonomous cars, maybe it’s not such a bad idea after all.

Nissan Willing To Budge To Make Renault Happy Moving Forward

The Japanese carmaker is considering giving its partner seats on oversight committees.

Jaguar I-Pace Recalled Over An Issue With Its High-Tech Brakes

If the regenerative system fails, this could lead to a delay in deceleration and, thus, longer stopping distances .