Bentley also retired from the iconic 6.75-liter V8 engine, which was first introduced in 1959 by the Mulsanne, and remained unchanged for more than six decades.
The last engine was put together earlier this week, Bentley said on Wednesday. Just like the first, the last V8 engine was also built by hand, a process that still takes fifteen hours in 2020. In total, 36,000 engine blocks have been built in the past 61 years.
Bentley's V8 engine made its debut in the S2 in 1959. In 1972, the block was drilled to 6.75 liters and then thoroughly modified for the first time eight years later, in order to meet the then applicable emission standards. In 2010, the V8 engine was again significantly modified, this time for use in the Mulsanne.
The power source from the Bentley Mulsanne produces 530 hp and a pulling power of 1,100 Nm, almost four times that of an average diesel engine.
The first and last model with the famous V8 engine side by side. (Photo: Bentley)