Mercedes-AMG still gives up on the V12 engineOctober 6, 2018
As for the power plant V8, it will be electrified. Well, the gasoline engine V12 is still decided to completely remove from the model range of Mercedes-AMG. All because of quite tough standards on the level of emissions into the atmosphere of harmful substances.
We want to immediately note that the V12 engine, which was created by the engineers of the sports division of the Mercedes-AMG is extremely powerful. And in general, this engine can be called a piece of engineering art – 6.0 liters, two turbochargers, 621 horsepower.
However, as already mentioned earlier this year, the head of Mercedes-AMG Tobias Moers, unfortunately, the V12 engine may disappear altogether from the cars of the brand. Of course, this process will be gradual. I must say that many (if not all fans of the German automaker) hoped that the management of the sports division of Mercedes-AMG would still change its mind and would not give up on the V12 engine.
But no – unfortunately, this did not happen. The previously announced decision to the account of the V12 engine has not changed in any way. Speaking at the Paris Motor Show, Mr. Moers confirmed his initial decision on the V12 engine.
At this show, Mercedes-AMG demonstrated a high-performance version of the new generation 5-door hatchback, which received an A35 index.
Apparently, the latest car of the brand, which will receive a 621-horsepower engine, will be the “charged” version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class executive sedan (the S65). Tobias Moers said: “So we are going to withdraw the S65 modification from our model range.”
On the numerous questions of journalists about what the V12 engine is going to replace in the company, the general director of Mercedes-AMG noted that the development of a hybrid V8 analogue with a working volume of 4.0 liters is underway. He separately noted that the main task of the engineers of the brand, while creating the receiver of the legendary motor, will be the preservation of high technical characteristics.
Why was it decided to end the life cycle for a 6.0-liter 621-horsepower gasoline V12 engine? It’s simple, now there are very strict restrictions on the level of emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere. For this reason, for a 6.3-liter V8 engine, the volume was first reduced to 5.5 and then to 4.0 liters.