42-Liter V12-Powered Bentley's More Powerful Than Veyron

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This Vintage Bentley 8-litre chassis is outdone by its engine: a 42-liter Packard V12 from a WWII torpedo boat. It produces a Veyron-shaming 1,500-hp at 2,400 RPM, tops out at 160 mph, and goes by the name Mavis.

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That power at such low revs = about 3300lb-ft torques.

To paraphrase Clarkson, "I don't know what torques are, but it's got a lot of them."

3300. That's digging deep, folks. That's Caterpillar territory. Chugging smoothly along at 50mph - at 300rpm! And the foot goes down, the tach spools up, and the landscape slides astern.