New Hybrid V-8 Replaces Bentley W-12 Engine

More than 740 horsepower for the electrified configuration.

As all great things must eventually conclude, Bentley will be phasing out its legendary W-12 engine this summer. The Batur Convertible marks the final celebration for the massive twelve-cylinder engine. So, what’s next? Naturally, an alternative that is downsized and electrified will take its place.

Bentley has introduced its new flagship powertrain, the “Ultra Performance Hybrid.” This new powertrain replaces the well-known 6.0-liter twin-turbo engine and is based on a V-8 gasoline engine. Despite having fewer cylinders, the new setup is said to offer more power, thanks to the addition of an electric motor. Bentley claims that the combined output of this hybrid powertrain will surpass the 740 horsepower found in the Batur model, providing an extra 89 horsepower compared to the Flying Spur Speed and Continental GT Speed models.

The specific torque figure is not disclosed, but it will be a four-digit number. Bentley is alluding to 1,000 Newton meters, equivalent to 738 pound-feet. This torque will be spread over a broader range of RPMs than the previous W-12 engine. To recap, the Batur delivers 738 lb-ft of torque from 1,750 to 5,000 rpm.

Bentley has announced that the Ultra Performance Hybrid will represent its “most dynamic, most responsive” powertrain to date. Additionally, it is expected to be “the most efficient” due to the incorporation of hybrid technology. The vehicle will come equipped with an unspecified battery pack that will provide an electric range of 50 miles. It is important to note that this range is calculated based on the WLTP cycle, so the EPA rating may be slightly lower.

Promoted as a high-performance hybrid V-8 model, the latest technology won’t mark Bentley’s initial venture into electrified systems. The 2.9-liter V-6 hybrid has been in existence for quite some time. In the case of the Flying Spur, this plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) setup boasts a combined rating of 536 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.

Bentley is introducing its Ultra Performance Hybrid in a fresh line of “everyday supercars” without the W-12 engine. The previous engine was produced in 105,000 units over the past two decades, with an increase of nearly 40 percent in power. Fuel consumption decreased by 25 percent during this period, but the new hybrid V-8 is designed to achieve even higher efficiency.

Bentley has decided to postpone its transition to an all-electric lineup. The company’s initial goal was to introduce exclusively electric vehicles by 2030, but they have now set a new deadline of 2033. Furthermore, the debut of their first zero-emission model has been pushed back by approximately one year. The unveiling is now planned for late 2026, with deliveries to customers expected to start in 2027.

Bentley isn’t the sole luxury brand under the Volkswagen Group that is gradually shifting away from big engines. Audi has already discontinued the V-10 by retiring the R8 supercar. Later this year, Lamborghini will do the same with the Huracan replacement which will come with a V8 plug-in hybrid. Nonetheless, the company in Sant’Agata Bolognese still boasts the large V-12 in the Revuelto.

Volkswagen discontinued the V-8 diesel engine in the Touareg some years back, and Bentley followed suit by stopping production of the TDI-powered Bentayga which used the identical 4.0-liter, twin-turbo engine. Bugatti is ceasing production of the Chiron with its powerful W-16 engine; however, the forthcoming hypercar from Molsheim will feature a newly engineered V-16 hybrid engine.

Source: Bentley


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