Bentley has big plans for plug-in hybrids but that doesn't mean the sun is about to set on the W12.

Bentley has big plans for plug-in hybrids but that doesn't mean the sun is about to set on the W12.

Despite mounting environmental and fuel economy pressures, the company says they're committed to W12 engines for the foreseeable future. One senior manager even told Car & Driver that Bentley plans on being the “last manufacturer of 12-cylinder engines in the world.”

In order to achieve this goal, Bentley will lead future the future development of the engine and that will likely entail a switch to direct injection.

Interestingly, W12 engine production is expected to increase from 5,000 units to roughly 9,000 units annually once their crossover goes into production.

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