The Death Of Mercedes-AMG’s V12 Will Mark The End Of An Era
When the automotive industry started to move towards turbocharged engines, hybrids and electrified powertrains, we had to say goodbye to one of the best motors of all time – the Mercedes’ M156 V8. After winning everyone over, AMG placed the engine into the CLK63 AMG. But it looks like we’ll have to go through the same process with AMG’s V12 engine. Earlier this month, Mercedes-AMG chief executive Tobias Moers stated that AMG would stop using its V12 engines and phase out its vehicles with the iconic 65 badge.
A Thunderous Sound And Supercar Performance
The first V12 from AMG was code-named the M275 and was found in the S65, CL65, SL65, and G65. To get an idea of what the engine sounds like, here’s a short clip of the motor in a S65. When it first came out, the twin-turbo 6.0- liter V12 M275 put out a honking 604 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. The M279 was based off of the M277 engine that was fitted to the 2014-2017 S600, S600 Maybach and Maybach Pullman. To make the M279 more potent and efficient, AMG fitted the motor with new turbochargers, new exhaust manifolds and new cylinder heads. The V12 was even more potent than before, generating 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes-Benz put out a video of the SL63 and SL65 carving up a curvy road together, which lets our ears pick out the more thunderous note of the V12.
If you want a V12-powered AMG, you better act fast, as the brand is moving away from V12s towards more V8s. Pagani, for instance, uses AMG’s V12 engines in its supercars. In the Huayra Roadster, the engine is code-named the M158 and is an axe-wielding 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 that AMG specifically designed for the automaker.
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