The downsizing trend continues in the car business. You needn’t look very far actually. If you sell a midsize sedan or compact crossover with a V6 engine, you’re living in the past. Same with performance cars that once swore on the V8 – the majority are now powered by boosted 6-cylinder engines.
The move that sees Mercedes-AMG hand its V12 powerhouses a pink slip is not surprising. As we all know, a massaged and pumped up V8 can do absolute wonders performance-wise. So yes, this is the official end of the AMG 65 cars. Well, the end will come as the current S65 will remain available for a short while yet.
And while on the topic of German cars and V12s, as more details emerge about BMW’s new 8 Series, BMW says that the V12 is not a good fit for the car. The large engine is extremely heavy and would upset the 8’s engineered balance and good behaviour.
My friends, we are witnessing the transition from many cylinders to performance hybridization for these cars, we are convinced.