I also wonder why, in this day and age, they don't make a small 2ltr V8 with a turbo or 2. You would get sound, and possibly the power of a larger V8, with all the advantages of a lesser car engine too.
Sad indeed, but a sign of the times no doubt. Being an optimist, I'd think that they will be back at some point in the future though.
Exactly, and if there is any truth in the article not much demand for V12s. Remember the V12 engine in S classes can be fitted in SLs, CL's and the saloon car (in LWB true to MB form).
With a little bit of Brabus help the V12 will fit in the E, CLS and C class. It's not that big.
Exactly, and if there is any truth in the article not much demand for V12s.
Shame I can't have my midlife crisis by getting a V12 though .
But the problem with that is it's onle 2.4 cylinders per seat. This one is 6...
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Its still very nose heavy however.
Completely aside and unrelated to this thread I know BMW will go the turbo route with the M cars. This IIRC is a shame, those that have had a BMW on here, will recall how nice the N/A engines were on full song. Why not make the cars lighter instead, and that doesn;t just mean some carbon fibre on the dash.
well, I can think of two ranges of BMW's that only feature turbo'd engine lineups:
X6: 3l turbo I6 diesel, 3l twin turbo I6 diesel, 3l twin turbo I6 petrol and 4.4l twin turbo V8 Petrol
new 7 series: 3l turbo I6 diesel (730d), 3l twin turbo I6 petrol (740i) and 4.4l twin turbo V8 petrol (750i)
I can see BMW going turbo's with their M series too, but then, they know what the M series means so hopefully they'll keep the NA characteristics as much as possible.
I wonder if there are politics involved. MB do the sustainable, environmentally responsible thing by removing some very naughty, high emmision gas guzzling big displacement engines and in return get some attractive financial concessions that far outweigh the hardship of not selling V12s.