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McLaren Dubs the V-12 as "a Thing of the Past"

McLaren MP4-12C

We mentioned a few months ago about how advancements in turbocharging is starting to render V-8 and larger engines obsolete . As much as readers may not have wanted to hear that, it is true. For additional confirmation, we now have supercar builder, McLaren, in our corner.

In a recent interview with De Telegraaf’s Autovisie, McLaren managing director, Antony Sheriff, was quoted saying that “the V-12 engine is a thing of the past” and “the engine belongs in a museum.” Just as we pointed out, Sheriff claims that a boosted V-8 can pump out the same horsepower and more torque than a naturally aspirated V-12, plus it is lighter, less complex, and boasts better fuel economy.

Sheriff went on to further solidify our stance, as he explains that turbocharged V-6 engines may have a place in the supercar world as replacements for naturally aspirated V-8 engines. Granted, this is only the opinion of one automaker and it is not one of the big-three supercar builders – Lamborghini , Ferrari , and Porsche – so it doesn’t mean the V-12, V-10, and V-8 engines are going away just yet.

Having said that, we still hold firm in our belief that, in the next decade, the V-12 and V-10 engines will not be able to survive in a world of $5-per-gallon gasoline. Inside of this time period, smaller displacement engines and electric motors will replace these large, fuel-hungry engines. For now, we at least know that McLaren is on-board with the much-needed changeover.

Source: Autovisie


2 comments:

Changing the engine needs a lot of testings upon installing it. This thing should take a long time before finally launching.

Here in Norway we pay 9,65$ for a gallon of petrol.. The car prices is HUGE in this country, a brand new VW Passat 1.4 TSI 122hp cost 53’000$ Yes Norway is one of the richest countries, BUT the state of Norway is rich, not the people living!

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