Sport-utility vehicles and big engines go together like peanut butter and jelly. Surprising, then, that nobody offers one with a twelve-cylinder engine. But if the latest reports prove accurate, that's all about to change.

It's not that there's never been a twelve-cylinder SUV, but none are currently offered in the U.S. market and the only offerings from mainstream automakers are from Volkswagen Group divisions. Audi continues to offer the Q7 with a V12 in overseas markets, but that's a diesel. Lamborghini shoehorned the Countach's V12 into the LM002, but that hasn't been around since the early 90s.

Enter the next contender from the VW Group, coming from the division that produces more twelve-pots than any other automaker on God's green earth. Bentley's upcoming SUV is expected to borrow its underpinnings from the Porsche Cayenne (no V12 there), but the upcoming crossover from Crewe is, according to sources quoting Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer, slated to get a new version of the W-12 engine in the Continental. The Q7's V12 TDI could find its way under the Bentley's hood as well, which would be a first for the Flying B marque that has long been linked to potential diesel propulsion.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      This is important news for rappers and drug dealers.
        Leather Bear
        • 3 Years Ago
        Watch resale value for the MB G-wagen drop like a rock when the Bentley arrives.
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      I'm surprised Bentley is making this move with all the emissions and mpg regulation. I thought they were switching to a V8 turbo instead of the V12.
      • 3 Years Ago
      GPM : 30 gallons to the mile
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      "Le camion le plus vite du monde"
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      the gas mileage will probably suck SUV+V12=empty wallet but since your buying a Bentley you'll probably have enough money to run it .
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another car built of the toureg, when will it end.
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      This makes a Lambo SUV more of a reality, doesn't it? Why develop only one ultra-lux SUV when you can develop 2 or 3 for less than twice the costs. VW can develop a modified platform worthy for both sporty and comfort levels of luxury. It's like developing the next S-class by starting with the AMG version, then working down the trim levels. You build the vehicle to handle the most extreme tramsmission & engine combinations so everything else (V6, I4, etc) will be easy to just plug-in.
      David Lloyd
      • 3 Years Ago
      A Bentley SUV? What's next? An AWD Ferrari?
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      WHY?! Hopefully Jaguar will stick to it's claims from years ago saying that it will not build a SUV, and allow Land Rover to be that division. I know they said they want a SUV as well, but here's to hoping they don't since Bentley feels the need for one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A V12 !!1 what they couldn't find a V16 to put in there
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