No more AMG application, but you will still have the option on a V12-powered S-Class
Although most of Mercedes-Benz’s large luxury vehicles are transitioning to six- and four-cylinder engines, the S-Class remains committed to a dozen cylinders.
The company’s pinnacle model range has always been its engineering and innovation showcase and with the seventh-generation S-Class, it appears that a V12 engine will remain on offer.
Mercedes-Benz has revealed a sneaky preview of its new Maybach centennial edition, with a small ‘V12’ badge on the front quarter panel.
The latest S-Class does not offer a V12 engine option, even amongst its planned extension of AMG models. Whereas S600 and S65 have been amongst the most desirable nomenclatures to own for Mercedes-Benz’s wealthiest customers, the peak engine offering with this new S-Class is a twin-turbocharged V8 with some battery assistance.
Interestingly, Mercedes-Benz has chosen to market the V12 engine option exclusively with Maybach. Although exact specifications are not yet forthcoming, we know this engine configuration will be the proven 6-litre twin-turbocharged V12, with power edging beyond 450 kW and peak torque capped at 1000 Nm.
Mercedes-Benz has ended its V12 development but like all legacy engines, it is not merely a case of ceasing production overnight.
As suppliers and engine builders taper the 6-litre V12 to its retirement, someone at Mercedes-Benz has calculated that a few Maybach customers might pay handsomely for the last production units.
For those Mercedes-Benz brand followers who want the ultimate statement of status, exclusivity and future collectability from their S-Class, one of these V12 Maybachs is the way to go.