The good things die fast

Mercedes-AMG has confirmed that its V-12 engine is nearing its end, and the V-8s will be the taking over the duties. Mercedes-AMG boss, Tobias Moers, said that the V-12 engines will be retired once the production of the current S65 ends. The V-8s will be the new torch-bearers, thanks to electrification.

It’s The Era Of Electrification

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This news was bound to come at some point in time.

With stricter rules in place and electrification taking over the whole automotive scene, such powerful engines are not able to find a place under the hood. We all know what happened to the Jaguar XJR575 in Europe, even though it was a V-8 engine! So naturally, V-12s will also go into a state of oblivion. This time, it’s the Mercedes-AMG’s 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V-12 unit that produces 622 horses and 737 pound-feet of torque.

Speaking to Go Auto at the Paris Motor Show, the Mercedes-AMG boss said, “So we are going to move the S65 out of our portfolio,” adding, “The V8 is a pretty efficient engine. In combination with an electrified powertrain, it could be a longer lifecycle than what everybody thinks”.

A Good Car To Make Its Debut

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It’s basically a a CLS-Class with more power
The first use of AMG’s 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine, aided by electrification will be seen in the upcoming AMG GT 4-door model.

If the reports can be trusted, AMG will deploy an electric motor that produces more than 134 horses to work in combination with the V-8. This means that the AMG GT 4-door could see itself run on more than 800 ponies!

AMG Is Prepared For The Worse To Come

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However, we are not sure how long the V-8s will survive.

Moers added that due to the ever-increasing pace of the industry, it’s hard to know how long its V-8 will stick around for. “Nobody in the industry is able to predict the V8 engine ends, say, in 2028 – that’s impossible”. “It is all about how clever are you as a company, to put the money in. And it should not be a bet – it should be a well-prepared strategy,”


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Being his logical self, Moers also added that AMG does not believe in having a 10-year plan and strategy. Given the way technology is changing literally every day, the automaker is not looking beyond five years into the future, and is constantly adjusting strategies and targets throughout the year. This approach seems safe, but will it yield the expected results? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Further Reading

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Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63-S65.

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It has the aggressive AMG GT front end

Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe.

Source: Go Auto

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