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Bentley announces the end of the W12, but what will replace it?

Bentley announces the end of the W12, but what will replace it?

The announcement of the end of the W12 almost “choked” all the other news around Bentley for this year.

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a Bentley It is very good and recommended. Last year set a new sales record – more than 15,000 units were sold – which was reflected in profits, which were also the highest ever (more than 700 million euros).

Contributing to these excellent results were the launch of the Bentayga EWB, the longer and more luxurious variant of the highly successful SUV, as well as enhancements to the Flying Spur, in the form of a hybrid and sportier variant, the Speed.

But for fans of the British brand, perhaps the highlight of 2022 will be the reveal Mulliner Batoran exclusive coupe limited to just 18 units, each starting at €1.9 million.

The Mulliner Batur delivery will start this year and end up taking on more special meanings, after Bentley announced, already this year, That would end production of the W12 engine in 2024. Thus, the Mulliner Batur will go down in history as the last Bentley to be equipped with this exclusive engine.

Say goodbye to the Bentley W12 in the best way possible. Mulliner’s engineering team paid particular attention to the noble engine and modified the intake, exhaust and cooling systems, as well as the turbochargers.

Results? The Bator’s 6.0 W12 biturbo engine will be the most powerful of all, announcing 750 HP and 1000 Nm!

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What’s next for the Bentley W12?

The end of the W12 is just a small part of the Beyond 100 plan that will transform Bentley into an all-electric luxury car brand within this decade. The brand’s first electric car will be known in 2025 and by 2030 an electric car will be launched at the rate of one car per year.

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It will be accompanied, from 2026, only by Bentley hybrids Connect inBut from 2030 there will only be room for trams.

At the moment, Bentley only has a hybrid V6 engine Connect in in marketing, but when he announced the end of the W12, he also announced a hybrid V8 engine in the future Connect in. It is likely that we will see a new hybrid V8 engine Connect in Sooner rather than later.

This is because we will see this year Bentley Continental GT Received a welcome update, five years after its release. As the end of the W12 has been announced, Bentley will be able to take advantage of the occasion to launch its new V8 plug-in hybrid Connect in who will replace him.

Bentley Continental GT Speed ​​W12 on road, 3/4 front
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We’ve already seen a hybrid Continental GT in tests, but at the time a hybrid drive was still suspected. Connect in Prepare your prototype for testing:

The question also remains whether or not the facelifted Continental GT/GTC will keep the “only” combustion version equipped with the current 4.0 V8 biturbo engine. Could it be replaced by a V6 hybrid? Connect in Bentayga or Flying Spur?

about the Grand tourer By itself, expect stylistic revisions on the front and back, as well as on the interior. Technology content must also be enhanced.

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