The Mercedes-Benz V12 Engine Is Staying…For Now
The next-generation Mercedes-Benz announced that it has extended the lease on the V12 engine’s.
A V12 engine is an internal combustion engine with 12 cylinders, with six cylinders on each side called banks. The two banks form a “V” shaped angle. This provides a smooth running engine for a luxury car.
During a recent interview with GT Spirit. Ola Kallenius, CEO of Daimler and the head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, confirmed that the next S-class will get a V12 option. He didn’t confirm any technical details such as the displacement and horsepower output.
However, sources say that the engine may be an updated version of the 6.0-liter unit presently available in the Maybach-badged S 650. In its current state, it makes 621 horsepower and 731 pound-feet of torque; Both figures could rise for the next-generation model.
Whether or not the regular S-Class will be available with a V12 or if the engine will be booked for a more luxurious model is not yet known.
What is known is that downsizing remains a part of the Mercedes product plan. In China, buyers have the option of skirting taxes on high-displacement engines by aligning the S-Class with a 362-engine.
According to Kallenius, there is a possibility that the Maybach’s recently-unveiled variant of the GLS will get a 6-cylinder too, though the odds of seeing it in the United States are slim to none. However, the remodeled V12 that will be available in the next S-Class will not join the V8 on the GLS’ palette of engine selections. “We have no plans for a Maybach GLS V12,” he asserted.
There has been speculation about the V12’s future, especially with the vast expansion of the Mercedes twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8; the latest addition to the Maybach line-up, specifically the GLS 600, uses the 4.0-liter V8.
In Australia, only the M279 twin-turbocharged 6.0 liter V12 in the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 is offered. It produces 463kW and a 1000Nm.
Additionally, last year, Mercedes offered the V12 the U.S in the AMG® S 65. This model is still available in other markets such as China and the U.S.
As of now, the Mercedes Maybach S400, a 6-cylinder Maybach version of the S-Class is currently available in China. The vehicle uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0 liter V6, which could possibly be incorporated for the future 6-cylinder for the GLS. However, the new generation of inline-six engines are more likely to appear in the SUV.
The next-generation S-Class is expected to launch sometime in 2020.
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