I'd think it would something along the lines of a car. You have a V8 and you pulled half the plugs it would still run.. Kinda..
Well, a four-stroke V8 is the direct equivalent of two four-cylinder engines bolted together with a timing offset*. Some modern large-engine cars even deliberately disable one bank of cylinders in city driving for fuel efficiency, turning a V8 into a four-pot.
*This can go further - W16 engines exist, as do W12s (2xV6).
I suppose if a 4-cyl is the Kelvin, that makes the Veyron a four-naceller.
Ya, not so much. If you pulled the plugs in a v8 not made to run a 4-cyl you'd likely ruin it. Now yes i know there are new cars with v6 and v8 made to run in "half" mode. But remember those engines were made to run that way. If I tried that shit in my wife sienna I don't think it would be very drivable if at all.
I guess it laymen's terms a W-12 is just two v6 sitting on top of each other.. But it's much much more then that.