It appears massive engines are becoming a rare breed due to environmental concerns and rising fuel prices. Downsizing is the latest trend in the ongoing search for efficiency. And now Mercedes has announced it will stop to develop and produce its own V12 engines.
But don’t worry. The Stuttgart based carmaker will task its AMG division with developing and building all future V12 engines. Nowadays AMG already builds the twelve-cylinder engines for the S65, SL65, CL65, G65, and the Pagani Huayra.
The next-generation Mercedes S600 ‒ scheduled for 2014 ‒ will be the first model to feature a top-of-the-line engine entirely created by Mercedes’ high-performance subsidiary. Details are scarce, but expect at least 600 horsepower and a staggering amount of torque.