Bentley’s iconic 6.75-litre V8 engine’s production run has come to its final destination after 61 years of continuous production. This makes this particular engine the longest-serving V8 in continuous production! The final iteration of this iconic motor will be used for the 13th and final Mulsanne 6.75 Edition by Mulliner. This exclusive series also marks the close of the Mulsanne production period. A sad bit of news, indeed, as a total of 36,000 L-Series V8s have been produced over the last 61 years. The very first 6¾-litre V8 was produced shortly after the British marque moved base to Crewe back in the day. In 1959, the first 6.75-litre V8 arrived on the scene in the Bentley S2. At the time the engine produced only 180bhp, which was deemed “adequate” by Bentley at the time, but in the latest and final avatar, the engine offers a stonking 530bhp along with a gut-wrenching 1,100Nm!
Bentley’s Member of the Board for Manufacturing, Peter Bosch, commented on the legendary V8, “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 has stood the test of time for so long is testament to the ingenious engineers who kept making the engine even more powerful, refined and reliable. We now 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.”
The final edition was assembled by a team of seven people who have a combined experience of 105 years between them in building Bentley’s exalted V8 engine. This specially commissioned bespoke Mulsanne 6.75 Edition by Mulliner which celebrates the life of its iconic engine comes fitted with a whole set of V8-inspired details including the badging, blueprint graphics and even ventilation “organ stops” featuring a miniature version of the oil cap. Needless to say, this engine is one that will not be forgotten soon anytime soon, particularly thanks to technological developments in engine production like turbocharging, fuel injection, variable valve timing, etc. introduced over the years, this V8 has seen a significant increase in power figures and decrease in emissions. In fact, Bentley officials state the final version of the engine produces 99 percent fewer emissions than the original L-Series V8. A true icon, indeed!