If you're looking for a Mercedes V8 in 2022, you'll find it in the UK.
There's bad news for anyone who wanted to order a Mercedes-Benz with a V8 engine; the German automaker will temporarily suspend all V8 models (except the S-Class) for the 2022 model year. Mercedes says the suspension is related to the supply chain and impacts the following models: C63, GLC63, E63, GLE580, GLS580, GLS63, GLS600 Maybach, G550, and G63. These vehicles all use the Mercedes 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, but they are not the only vehicles to do so.
This same V8 is also found under the hood of the 2021 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe/Roadster, DB11 Coupe/Volante, DBX SUV. With Mercedes facing supply chain issues, we wondered if Aston Martin might have to stop offering the AMG engine in its vehicles. Luckily, this is not the case.
"The Mercedes news does not affect Aston Martin," a company spokesperson told CarBuzz. This means all of the aforementioned models will continue to offer the V8, with the DB11 also offering a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12. The upcoming Aston Martin Valhalla supercar will use a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as well, but it will be built in-house, not sourced from AMG. Hearing that Aston Martin will continue to offer vehicles with the Mercedes V8 leads us to believe the shortage is only temporary, and we should see the engine return for the 2023 model year.
Customers who placed an order for a V8-powered Mercedes may find that their car may not be delivered. Mercedes will reportedly produce the V8 engine until December of this year, with no official date on when it will resume. With the current state of the market due to the microchip shortage, we imagine that 2022 AMG models with the V8 could command a healthy dealer markup and inflated used values. So if you own a late model Mercedes with the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, you could be sitting on a goldmine.