The VW Group Protects its W-12 Engine
We love big power and the bigger the engine is the more power that can be pulled from it in one way or another. As the VW Group has a variety of powerful performance-laden supercars coming out of its production plants each year the need to have a 12-cylinder engine is evident. With new and more stringent emissions standards coming into force of the next few years the buzz was that the W-12 might not make the cut or have to be changed quite a bit.
Thankfully, that is not the case. This monster 6.0-liter W-12 engine makes the cut and will continue to be carried in a wide variety of models that are built to be awesome supercars. The engine already has twin-turbochargers and is set to add a direct injection system along with a multi-point injection system. These two systems will be placed in the combustion chamber and the intake port to push fuel much better than ever before.
The engine also gains improvements with a thermal spray coating on the internal parts to help cut down on the heat that could easily cause the engine to overheat if not in place. The cooling system has also been improved to integrate a temperature management system along with a fuel-saving cylinder deactivation to help reduce the number of cylinders used when not needed. Additional fuel savers include the dual-controller management system and the start-stop system which both allow the engine to save more fuel and possibly (not probably) save from causing a car owner to have to pay the gas guzzler tax.
Who ever thought an engine could have its own suspension system? This one does. It has an active suspension to smooth out vibrations which uses actuators to counteract the vibrations induced by the engine. This suspension being aboard the engine gives it a much more stable feel when driving in a car powered by this engine which gives a more balanced feeling. Add in the switchable oil pump that is needed in order to have this engine power some of the SUVs it will be placed in and the W-12 is an awesome engine that is thankfully still able to be used.
The W-12 is expected to show itself in the upcoming Bentley Bentayga SUV as well as the Audi A8 and Volkswagen Phaeton. These vehicles will all achieve a minimum of 600 horsepower and 664 lb.-ft. of torque but can be improved when turbocharges are presented to the engine. This engine is capable of giving some of these vehicles a run to sixty mph in under four seconds as well as a top speed that is above 186 mph.