Fuel economy is still the rant and rave of the automobile industry and as a result, all automakers are jumping on the trend of downsizing and force-inducing engines. Though a recent report from Autovisie indicates that Bentley is still going to stick with tradition by maintaining its “six and three-quarter” V8 for the top-dog Mulsanne. So don’t expect Volkswagen’s W12 to show itself in the Mulsanne anytime soon.
Forgoing talks about diesel and hybrid powertrains, Bentley’s classic 6.75L V8 dates back to the original L Series engine from 1959 when the unique automaker was under the reign of Rolls-Royce, making it one of the oldest engines still in production to date. The current engine is still based off of the original’s basic architecture and obviously has gone through numerous updates. In its current form, the 6.75L V8 sports two turbochargers and is good for 505hp and 752 lb-ft of torque.
Either way, Autovisie confidently reports that Bentley’s 6.72L V8 is here to stay to keep with tradition. Take that tree huggers.