Mercedes is sneaking around like the cat that ate the canary, but its dinner has consisted of swallowing up the V12-powered SL-Class. The 2012 SL65 AMG is joining the other quietly discontinued model - the SL600 - in order for Mercedes to focus on developing the new generation SL-Class set to be released in 2013.

Mercedes hasn’t officially announced why they are phasing out their top of the line SL model, but it may have something to do with the SLS AMG and its similar power output. The SL65 AMG produces 604 HP to the SLS AMG’s 571 HP, but the SLS AMG is also 900 lbs lighter than the SL65 AMG. The lighter weight allows the SLS AMG to be more agile and provide better performance.

Dupont Registry is also saying that Mercedes may be slowly eliminating their V12-powered models to make room for their new 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. This engine fits right into the whole "go green" phenomenon with a fuel efficiency improvement of about 25% when compared to the brand’s 6.3-liter V-8.

Either way, the market has lost two of Mercedes’ big guns and so far, they don’t seem to be too upset about it. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.


Source: DupontRegistry

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  (224) posted on 08.31.2011

If someone can afford to buy a Mercedes car for sure a gas guzzler vehicle is nothing. The figure performance of the car is quite awesome. I hope things would turn good and impressive. 

  (296) posted on 08.31.2011

I don’t get on why they are saving the v12 technology? They already lost their two incredible production. I think they are waiting for something to happen. BTW, this vehicle is kind of gas guzzler.

  (415) posted on 08.11.2011

I love the design of this V12 – Powered SL – Class Models.. It’s pretty elegant and yet it also has the sporty look.. Its quiet color makes it look elegant while its style makes it look sporty. What a great combination of being elegant and sporty.

  (248) posted on 08.3.2011

I was thinking if Mercedes doesn’t feel any upset for the two big production that they just dropped? I believe that there’s nothing wrong in the making a green car or whatever but at least they listen on what their loyal dealer wanted. I cannot figure out on why they are saving the v12?

  (242) posted on 08.3.2011

haha. Mercedes needs to hide their faces behind the veil! Hell, I really hate on how they make us drool over the V12 engine for the SL-Class and yet they are just about to dropped this concept. The plan of this car manufacturer is kind of misleading. It seems that they need want to stick on the conventional V8 technology!

  (287) posted on 08.2.2011

I think it is not a good idea to drop their V12 engine in exchange of turbo charged V8. In terms of performance. I could say that they are almost the same. I hope Mercedes can handle them both.

  (473) posted on 08.2.2011

I’m guessing that it has nothing to do with the few cylinder..Fewer cylinder is equivalent to same displacement and better mileage. The v12 engine is fairly pointless. BTW, I have heard that v12, v6 and v8 will go away in becoming an electric car including the pre-historic Mercedes.

  (594) posted on 08.2.2011

What’s the drama behind the dropping of V12 technology for the SL-Class? Don’t tell me they are saving this engine for their next production? I still get confuse about the plan of Mercedes. I feel quite upset that they are offering a green car instead.

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