“I wouldn’t call it the swan song just yet. There’s life in what is effectively a new engine,” Hallmark said when asked if the Continental GT Speed will be Bentley’s last model with a W12 engine under the hood. “This is the pinnacle of our brand-it’s been the foundation of the Continental GT. It’s the cleanest [W12] we’ve ever built and, with subsequent improvements, there will be more to do with twelve cylinders.”
There is a hurdle Bentley will need to overcome to keep the W12 engine alive, however. Even before Bentley becomes a battery-electric only brand in 2030, its entire model lineup will only include plug-in hybrids and battery-electric cars.