Volkswagen has unveiled its new 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine at the Vienna Motor Symposium in Austria, featuring two types of petrol injection.
The new unit will power upcoming Bentley models. It features twin turbochargers, cylinder-deactivation technology, and Bentley’s TMPI multi-point injection with Audi’s FSI direct injection for optimum efficiency.
Under maximum demands, the big W12 develops 447kW of power at 6000rpm, and 900Nm of torque available from 1500rpm up to 4500rpm. Volkswagen says the unit will be capable of covering 0-100km/h in under 4.0 seconds, depending on the vehicle model.
To help keep consumption to a minimum and keep economy to a maximum, the engine uses stop-start technology, twin-scroll turbochargers, and two engine management controllers. Volkswagen is calling it the most economical 12-cylinder engine in the luxury segment, producing under 250g/km in emissions.
Given the fact the engine will be used in high-end grand touring vehicles, Volkswagen has developed special adaptive engine suspension with hydraulic damping. The setup incorporates electromagnetic actuators to counteract vibrations, helping the vehicle maintain a smooth and comfortable driving nature.
The new unit is expected to debut in a Continental GT in the near future, and could find its way into the upcoming Bentayga SUV which arrives next year.