Bentley Motor Cars revealed a dramatic concept car the Hunaudieres at 1999 Geneva Motor Show, one year after Volkswagen became the owner of Bentley company. This supercar project provides the debut of a new 16 cylinder engine developed to a specific brief to provide a technologically advanced power plant with unique Bentley characteristics. It is powered by a W-16 engine, developed by VW, who actually combined two V-8 engines together at an angle of 72 degrees, a displacement of 8 litres and a total of 64 valves produced 623 Bhp at 6000 Rpm on all four-wheels. Each V-8 engine held two banks of 4 cylinders at 15 degrees, this way the massive engine was still quite compact considering the power output and a torque of 561 Lbs.Ft at only 4000 Rpm.
Project HunaudiSres has a 16-cylinder engine with 8 litre capacity. The engine has an output of 463kW (623 bhp) and a maximum torque of 760 Nm (561 lb ft). Thanks to variable camshaft timing, 85% of the torque is available at as low as 1,500 revs. The engine is made up of two banks of eight cylinders which are fitted at 72 degrees to form a W, based on the VR principle with a cylinder angle of 15 degrees. The name Hunaudieres refers to the famous high-speed straight at Le Mans where the Bentley legend was born in the 1920′s with five victories in the vingt quatre heures du Mans.
So the question we have to ask ourselves is…Will Bentley ever build a supercar to compete with the likes of Bugatti and Koenigsegg? We will have to wait and find out.