VW Group may abandon W12 engine as early as 2026November 7, 2020
As part of the current plan for universal electrification, the management of the German concern Volkswagen AG plans to completely abandon the powerful 6.0-liter WR12 engine. The decision is also associated with the transition of Bentley’s premium brand to use plug-in hybrid and electric motors.
Without a doubt, the W12 engine is a unique development of the Volkswagen concern. The 6.0-liter WR12 was the only production W12 engine for road cars when it was introduced in 2001.
Since then, Volkswagen has used the 12-cylinder powerplant in several configurations, with Bentley being the only brand to use a turbocharged version of the engine.
However, Bentley has announced that it will no longer use internal combustion engines in its models by 2030, and by 2026 all cars in the British brand’s lineup will be either plug-in hybrid or fully electric. This left the question of what the future holds for the monstrous W12, which currently has no hybrid performance.
“No more W12” – this was the response of the representatives of the German concern when asked what the future holds for the powerful W12 gasoline engine. The complete rejection of the further use of this engine will come after 2026.
On the other hand, the W12 engine, despite its high performance, is aging. Since the automotive industry has recently switched to electrification, the fate of the W12 has already been decided even without official confirmation, and perhaps it’s for the best. Emission standards are there for a reason.
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