After more than 60 years underway, the Bentley L-Series V8 has arrived at the stopping point, the automaker says. The last twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V8 is, fittingly, destined for the last Mulsanne 6.75 Edition by Mulliner, which denotes the finish of the lead car’s creation run also (creation delays brought about by coronavirus pushed this second back a tad, yet it was inevitable). Around 36,000 of these V8s have been created in the course of the last six or more decades.
Bentley says this 6.75-liter is the V8 with the longest consistent creation run ever, and we haven’t had the option to discover another motor family that can challenge that title. Created by Rolls-Royce and Bentley during the 1950s (the previous organization claimed the last by then), the L-Series motor was first conveyed in a Bentley in 1959; a case of that model, the S2, is appeared top close to a cutting edge Mulsanne. By then, it was a normally suctioned 6.2-liter that delivered around 180 hp.
As opposed to destroying this plan and beginning once again when it required more force, Bentley took the developmental way. In 1971, removal was expanded to 6.75 liters by expanding stroke from 3.6 to 3.9 inches. A turbocharger was first included for the 1982 Mulsanne Turbo, which opened another presentation wilderness for the motor family.
The latest major—and last—overhaul was for the current Mulsanne, which was presented in 2010. Bentley says the 6.75-liter got “another driving rod, new cylinders, new interfacing poles and new chamber heads that brought variable valve timing and chamber deactivation” around then. Yield was in the long run expanded to 530 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque.
The present L-Series motor is increasingly smaller, unquestionably progressively ground-breaking and immensely more effective and less emissive than the principal instances of the variety, yet it despite everything holds a similar bore dividing and essential engineering originally found during the 1950s. Furthermore, they were worked by hand until the end, a procedure that Bentley says took 15 hours for every powerplant.
It’s pitiful to see a V8 with this much history leave creation, yet it’s noteworthy that the structure made it as long as it did—and it’s a heavenly case of what can be accomplished when an automaker adequately dragsters its own motor through the span of numerous decades. What’s more, who knows? In a couple of decades, perhaps Bentley will start up the foundry and begin making new ones for a harvest of Mulsanne continuation vehicles. More odd things have occurred.