VW’s latest 12 cylinder idles like a sewing machine, almost
WHILE most of us steer clear of V8 engines because they use too much fuel, there are enough rich people in the world to make a viable niche for a 12-cylinder engine, which Volkswagen is happy to supply.
The VW Group unveiled its latest six-litre W12 at the Vienna Motor Symposium, held in Austria last week. Recognising that oil prices are heading back up, the W12 block does comes with fuel-saving cylinder deactivation, Audi’s FSI multipoint fuel injection, and a stop-start system. The engine will be used in the Bentley Bentayga and has switchable oil pump to keep the 12 pistons lubricated during offroad use.
Other vehicles that will use the W12 are the next-generation Audi A8 and the Volkswagen Phaeton. To ensure the big block up-front does not tinkle the ice in the glasses at the back too much, the engine has its own active suspension system that cancel the engine’s vibrations with phase-shifted counter-vibrations generated by electromagnetic actuators that operate like little shock absorbers, except that it generates impact instead of dampening the force.
VW Group said the new engine makes 447 kW (600 bhp) at 6 000 rpm and a peak torque of 900 Nm from 1 500 rpm up to 4 500 rpm. This should propel even the heavy Bentley Bentayga from 0 to 100 km/h in less than four seconds. Fuel consumption? If you have to ask, you may be more interested in Audi’s new 2,0, which was also launched at the Vienna Motor Symposium.
Now a little bit more economical, the 12-cylinder, six-litre block from the VW Group that powers luxury cars.