While most are downsizing, Bentley says screw it.
For better or worse, automakers worldwide are downsizing their engine lineups. What was once, say, a V6, is now a turbo four. Even supercar brands such as Ferrari are making big changes. Lamborghini will likely one day follow suit. But there’s still at least one famous automaker that refuses to let big displacement die off anytime soon. Bentley has just made clear that it has no plans to stop producing its mighty W12 engine, which powers the Continental GT and Flying Spur.
Despite being a part of the Volkswagen Group, Bentley still believes that its customers really don’t give a damn about emissions standards. It’s probably right. Rumor has it that Bentley does plan to add direct injection to its 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12, but this is still unconfirmed. So why is Bentley sticking with the W12? Along with all of those loyal customers, Bentley sees real competition coming from the likes of the new twin-turbo V12 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe. The fact is that buyers in this segment want big engines, and Bentley intends to continue to meet that demand for as long as possible. Mercedes, however, has yet to confirm the future of its own V12. More than likely it’ll remain available, but solely for its most premium models.