Bentley: Bentley’s iconic V8 engine ends its run


CREWE: The iconic Bentley 6¾-litre V8 engine has finally reached the end of its handcrafted manufacturing run. The final engine was assembled yesterday in Crewe, UK.
The last handcrafted V8 engine was assembled by a team of seven people who have a combined experience of 105 years in building the iconic engine.
The L-series V8 engine has been in production for over 60 years with the same configuration and bore spacing as the very first version in 1959. The last assembled engine will be powering the 30th and the last specially commissioned Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Edition.
The limited-edition Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 also closes the Mulsanne’s production run.
“Our venerable 6¾-litre V8 has powered the flagship Bentley for more than six decades, and so has earned its retirement. I am extremely proud of the generations of skilled craftspeople that have meticulously assembled every one of these engines by hand over the years. That this engine stood the test of time for so long is testament to the ingenious engineers who kept making the engine ever more powerful, refined and reliable. Now, we look forward to the future of Bentley, powered by our exceptional W12, sporting 4.0-litre V8 and of course our efficient V6 Hybrid – the start of our journey to electrification,” said Peter Bosch, Board member, Manufacturing.

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