The countdown has begun.
Get this: Bentley’s naturally aspirated 6.8-liter V8 is 57 years-old. Obviously it’s been updated throughout the decades but its basic blueprints are still intact. Sadly, however, we’re learning that its end is somewhat near. According to Car and Driver, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer admitted the V8 won’t survive beyond the current Mulsanne, confirming that model is where the V8 has found its "final home." On the plus side, the next generation Bentley flagship sedan will be powered by a 12-cylinder engine, although no specific date was given as to when that’ll debut.
Also good to know is that the V8 still has some time left but the countdown clock has definitely started. First launched in 1959, Bentley’s V8 has made many appearances in various models throughout the years. When BMW was supplying engines to Bentley in the late 1990 before VW took full control, that 6.8-liter V8 was nearly killed off because BMW wanted to replace it with its 4.4-liter V8. Fortunately, BMW’s engine didn’t sell well in a Bentley and VW opted instead to stick with and further update the older V8. Today, that 6.8-liter V8 comes with a pair of turbos as well as a new cylinder head design. Total output is currently 530 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque under the hood of the Mulsanne Speed.