However, Bentley is now the only manufacturer with a W12, despite significant investments to develop it. But that doesn’t necessarily mean there needs to be a performance gap between the two.
Before we check out the weekend drag race that our mates at CarWow put together, let’s just look at some specs. Not many people know about the new Audi S8, probably because it looks so boring. But this is a slightly sporty version of the flagship quattro limo with a long wheelbase and a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 419kW (563 hp) and 800Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque.
It also comes with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system if you’re into frugal V8s. The Flying Spur is arguably much more interesting to look at. It will eventually offer a 4.0 TFSI as well, but for now, it’s powered by a W12 6.0-liter producing a very impressive 466kW (626 hp) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque.
It’s also heavier and way more expensive, but you expect that from a car with chandeliers for headlights. But can the extra power overcome the rather hectic weight deficit? The outcome of the drag race is very close, with the Bentley winning by a nose.