Volkswagen Group has handed responsibility for the W12 engine design to Bentley in Crewe and the firm will begin exporting engines for the first time ever.
From the end of 2014, Bentley will take over production of the W12 motor for all brands using it within the Volkswagen Group.
This will see W12 engines built in Crewe being exported abroad to VW Group plants in Germany.
Both the Volkswagen Phaeton and Audi A8 use the W12 engine – the former is a 6.0-litre motor but Audi actually uses a 6.3-litre version of the engine.
Bentley already shares an engine design with Audi; the 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo is used by both brands and has successfully just been launched in the Bentley Continental GT V8 S.
Bentley is the biggest producer of 12-cylinder engines in the world – yes, it makes more than iconic 12-cylinder engine producers such as Ferrari and Lamborghini.
The move will create 100 new jobs at Bentley.