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Ever wondered why Bentley uses a W12 instead of a V12?


So as of today, the VW Group is the only automotive group in the world that makes engines in a “W” configuration! Great hey but..what is a W12? Simply put: It is a twelve cylinder piston internal combustion engine that uses four rows of three cylinders.  This engine is more compact in packaging than a V12, meaning that it is shorter, paying close attention to how it the cylinders are arranged. This allows for more space in the engine bay and subsequently in the cabin.


The W12 engine unit used in the VW Phaeton

The engine is special in the sense that no other manufacturer has it on production but the VW Group, used in the Phaeton and the Audi A8 W12. With its rarity it makes it a special unit.

Watch video below to learn more about the W12 and its historical developments from the VR6 up to the Bugatti Veyron W16, courtesy of XCar. Enjoy!


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