V12s are big, thirsty brutes and they make monster torque in a variety of Mercedes-AMG products. But they are not long for this earth. At least we'll have the memories.
The reasoning is pretty simple -- the times, they are a-changin'. "There is still demand for a V12, but if you move forward with a V12 in the future, the investment will be too high, in my perspective," Moers told AN. "You have to increase power, and you have to move forward with the technology in that engine." He said that the company's money is better spent on electrified V8s.
Right now, Mercedes-AMG offers V12 variants of the S-Class sedan, SL-Class roadster and the outgoing generation of G-Class SUV. Thewill not have a -65 AMG variant. The future of the SL remains unclear, and the S-Class will likely carry its V12 until it's redesigned around 2020.
Once AMG's -65 vehicles are phased out, they will only exist in the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand, which builds the automaker's largest, most luxurious vehicles. Right now, the only Mercedes to receive the Maybach treatment is the , but that could change, as rumor has it that a Maybach variant of the GLS-Class SUV is in the works to compete against the likes of the .
Automakers have slowly left the V12 by the wayside as technology moves forward and power output improves in V8s and other, smaller engines. Ferrari is a notable holdout, retaining the V12 in two vehicles, the and .