Mercedes-AMG 12 Cylinder Halo Car


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With increasingly stringent regulations on fuel economy and emissions, it looks like the future is bleak for monstrous eight, ten, and twelve cylinder engines. It seems that everyone is downsizing their engines and strapping on turbochargers, which makes sense if manufacturers want to meet these regulations. But fret not, young automotive enthusiast! Mercedes-Benz believes that there is still a place for engines with a dozen cylinders in today’s ever-more “green” society.


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In a recent conversation with Autoblog, a Mercedes-AMG product planner in Austria uncovered that there is a new halo car in development, which will be positioned above the current AMG halo car, the AMG GT. Currently, the AMG GT makes do with a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 engine, that in itself represented Mercedes’ commitment to the aforementioned downsizing trend as it replaced the gloriously naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 M159 engine from the SLS AMG.


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It is good to note that Mercedes-Benz still makes V12 engines as an option on some of their most prominent models. As it stands, the twin-turbo 6.0L V12 M275 engine is reserved for the -65 AMG models for the S (sedan and coupe) and Sl models, as well as the S600 Maybach model. That engine is rated at 604 hp and a monstrous 738 lb ft of torque. They also supply the engine used in the Pagani Huayra, also a twin-turbo 6.0L V12, but with 720 hp and 740 lb ft of torque.

This new halo car will most likely have some sort of boost mechanism, whether it be with electric motors or forced induction, or possibly even both, as a purely naturally aspirated engine will not be feasible in terms of emissions and fuel economy. As demonstrated by Ferrari, McLaren, and Porsche, a hybrid system of a combustion engine and electric power is very effective at going fast. However, don’t expect this new halo car to show itself in the near future. The AMG GT is set to be the halo car for a little bit, with new variants such as the forthcoming Black Series coming out soon. Either way, it’s a sigh of relief that Mercedes sees the importance of keeping twelve cylinder engines around…even if it’s for just a bit longer.


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