Mercedes' V12 Powerplant Is Not Dead After All

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The next-generation Mercedes S-Class will be available with V12 power.

Revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Mercedes-AMG S65 Final Edition marked the end of the era as the last-ever AMG model to be fitted with a V12 engine. It was assumed that only high-end Mercedes Maybach models will be offered with V12 powerplants in the future.

However, the recent reveal of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 raised doubt on the future of V12-powered Mercedes models as the ultra-luxury SUV packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Fear not, however, because Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius has confirmed to GTSpirit that the V12 will live on in the next-generation 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Nikita Chuiko
Nikita Chuiko

Details are being kept under wraps for now, but more information about the V12-powered version of Mercedes' next-generation flagship limousine will be announced next year.

It seems likely, however, that Mercedes-Benz will offer an updated version of the current V12 engine found in the S600 and Mercedes-Maybach S600 that complies with stricter emission standards. Don't expect AMG models to be offered with V12s, however, as Tobias Moers confirmed last year the engine is being retired from the AMG range.


As for the Maybach GLS 600, Kallenius hinted that the opulent SUV will be offered with other engine options in the future. "We launched the new Maybach GLS 600 with a V8 engine first but it is possible there will be a six-cylinder version of the GLS Maybach in due time," Kallenius told the publication. "The AMG developed 4.0 liter V8 fits the GLS Maybach very well and was the obvious choice for launch of our first Maybach SUV."

The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 produces 550 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque in the Maybach GLS 600, while the EQ Boost adds up to 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Don't get your hopes up for a V12 version of the posh SUV though, as Kallenius confirmed there are "no plans for a Maybach GLS V12."

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Source Credits: GTSpirit

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