Just a couple of months ago, we reported that BMW is cutting the V8 engine production to focus on smaller, cleaner and more efficient engines. We also mentioned that the larger V10 and V12 engines might have a similar faith, and we also anticipated other car manufacturers to do the same.
Three months later and during one of the biggest economic crisis, the Stuttgart based competitor, Mercedes-Benz is looking to phase out their V12 engine. Autobild is reporting that the M295 engine(V12) will be replaced by a new twin-turbo V8 engine. The M295 was the replacement of one Mercedes most powerful and acclaimed engines: M275, an engine that powered models like the S600, S65 AMG or the SL65 AMG.
As we have seen in the past few years with BMW and other carmakers, the turbocharged engines is the direction everyone is going towards to, with a focus on twin-turbo versions. Mercedes will launch a new V8 turbo with four different power levels, which will most likely go across several of their models.
Thomas Weber, MB Development Chief speaks of the trend towards smaller engines, the reverse of the era where large engines were king.
He also mentioned that several engines from the A and B-Class models will move into the C-Class range, similar to BMW’s plans to bring four-cylinder engines in their 3 Series.
We are definitely traversing difficult times and I am glad to see the carmakers becoming more responsible and acting accordingly. Their R&D departments must be a busy place these days.