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    • The end of the AMG M279 twin turbo 6.0 liter V12 motor? W222 S63 AMG 'Final Edition'

      The twin turbo V12 and V12 motor in general is something endangered. Few automakers produce V12's and the motor is seen as something as a matter of prestige. Aston Martin for example continues with a V12 for their DB11 despite sourcing a cheaper, lighter, and more efficient V8 from AMG.


      Mercedes-AMG themselves produces the M279 V12 while offering that same M177/M178 V8 shared with Aston Martin that again is lighter and more efficient. The M279 design is quite archaic by today's standards. The M275 V12 it is based on itself was based on the 1990's M137 V12.

      That means it is a SOHC 3V motor. It is not exactly a revver or even considered all that reliable (and just look at the depreciation) but Mercedes-AMG feels their high end models need to feature a V12.

      Is this the beginning end of the V12 as a whole in Mercedes-AMG products? AMG hints at it:

      Quote Originally Posted by AMG
      The S65 Final Edition, crowns and brings to an end the long success story of the 6,0-litre V12 biturbo engine in the S-Class saloon
      Hopefully they mean the end of the M279 and a proper modern V12 will be designed but that is wishful thinking.

      Expect the M279 to be phased out with Maybach models being the last holdouts. We will likely never see an AMG V12 again.


      This article was originally published in forum thread: The end of the AMG M279 twin turbo 6.0 liter V12 motor? W222 S63 AMG 'Final Edition' started by Sticky View original post
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      1. alcuin's Avatar
        alcuin -
        title is not S63, just S65 Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by alcuin Click here to enlarge
        title is not S63, just S65 Click here to enlarge
        Typo, thank you.