Bentley has produced the 6.75-liter V8 engine since 1959. This week, the very last of its kind was assembled by a team of seven. It will equip the very last copy of the series limited to 30 copies of the Mulsanne 6.75 Mulliner Edition.
Don't worry, there will still be a V8 in Bentley's catalog, but it has a much smaller displacement, 4.0 liters in this case. There will also be a hybrid engine. It is a six cylinder in V coupled to an electric motor. We should find out in the next few years.
"Our venerable 6¾-liter V8 has powered the flagship Bentley for over six decades and has therefore earned its retirement. I am extremely proud of the generations of skilled craftsmen who have meticulously assembled each of these engines by hand over the years. the fact that this engine has stood the test of time for so long is a testament to the ingenuity of the engineers who have continued to make the engine ever more powerful, refined and reliable. Now we look forward to the future of Bentley , powered by our exceptional W12, with a 4.0-liter V8 and of course our hybrid V6 – the start of our journey to electrification. "said Peter Bosch, member of the Bentley board of directors.
The V8, a tradition at Bentley
Bentley created the very first V8 in the early 1950s. Jack Phillips was asked to design an engine that was at least 50% more powerful and as compact as the six-cylinder it replaced.
Several months later, he and his team developed a 6.2-liter V8 that debuted in the 1959 Bentley S2. It has been improved over time to gain power and compactness: the V8 6 , 75 liters was born.
In 2010, Bentley once again made improvements to its engine with a new crankshaft, new pistons, new connecting rods and new cylinder heads. The power has always been more than 500 hp, while the torque has been pushed to 1100 Nm.