5 Cars that you probably didn't know had a W shaped engine configuration
This is a list of cars that you probably didn't know had a W-shaped engine configuration. It is ordered in least surprising to most surprising.
5. The Bentley Bentayga
The muscular Bentayga
You might already know this one but if you didn't here it is. The Bentley Bentayga is available with either a 6.0 L Twin-turbo W12 or a 4.0 L Twin-turbo V8. The Bentayga is a heavy vehicle (2,440 kg or 5,379 lb to be precise) and it needs a big powerful engine to power this beast so the engineers at Bentley decided that their 600 hp W12 would do the trick. The Bentayga can do 0-60 mph in an astonishing 4 seconds and continue accelerating all the way to 187 mph (300 km/h).
4. The Volkswagen Passat
The boxy W8 Passat
In 2001 VW introduced their new Passat variant, the W8 this was no ordinary Passat this Passat had four exhausts, a 4.0 L W8 and 4 wheel drive as standard. This was the first VW production car to feature a W-shaped engine configuration. The W8 only produced 270 hp but it made up for this with it's beautiful sound. Sadly, the W8 Passat was discontinued in 2004.
3. The Audi A8
Current generation A8
In 2001, Audi introduced it's new 6.0 L W12 engine as an option for the new A8. The first generation of the Audi W12 produced a meaty 414 hp and 550 Nm of torque: this carried the Audi from 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The second generation of A8 also came with a tune for the W12 bringing it up to 444 hp and giving it 580 Nm of torque: the propelled the Audi from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The current generation has a 6.3 L engine that produces 493 hp and 625 Nm of torque and this helps the Audi get from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds. In the North American version it produces 493 hp (the same) and 628 Nm of torque which helps the A8 to get from 0-60 mph in a jaw-dropping 4.4 seconds.
2. The Spyker C12 Zagato
The good-looking C12 Zagato
The Spkyer C12 Zagato is a Dutch supercar that started production in 2008 and only 24 were every made. The C12 Zagato has the same engine as the first and second generation A8(a 6.0 L W12) but Spyker has tuned the already powerful engine to generate 493 hp and 610 Nm of torque: combine this with the weight of the car which is only 1,480 kg (3,263 lb) and you have a seriously quick car. The C12 can get from 0-60 mph in a staggering 3.8 seconds and it won't stop accelerating until it reaches 195 mph (313 km/h).
1. The Volkswagen Touareg
The VW Touareg.
The Volkswagen Touareg was introduced in 2002 and was available to buy with a 6.0 L W12 in 2005. Only 500 made at first with 330 sold in Saudi Arabia with the rest either going to Europe or China; none were sold in America. Eventually, the W12 model became an ordinary model without any production restrictions. The W12 made 444 hp and 600 Nm of torque. The 0-60 time was 5.5 seconds and it topped out at 155 mph. Unfortunately, the production of the W12 Touareg was stopped in 2010 with the arrival of the new generation.