V12 models on the chopping block
The Mercedes-AMG G65 and SL65 could be no more in a matter of months, according to a new report out of Germany.
MB Passion Blog reports production of the G65 will end once the outgoing car is phased out, while the SL65 roadster will be axed in June – though no Mercedes-AMG representative has officially confirmed these claims.
It's believed the SL65 will be the last V12 model standing before it meets its demise, as the German manufacturer moves toward smaller capacity engines for its high-performance models, namely the new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that features in all AMG 63 offerings.
With 463kW of power and a massive 1000Nm of torque, the 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 that powers the SL65 – and all '65' models since the CL65 back in 2005 – comes from a long line of Mercedes V12 engines that have served as the pinnacle of the marque's powertrain hierarchy since the late 1990s.
Once the 12-cylinder engine is dead, it's believed the '65' slot – which may be renamed to '73' according to recent reports – will be filled by a more powerful version of the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 used in AMG 63 models, likely using the company's new 48V mild-hybrid technology.
With the added boost from the hybrid system, the flagship AMG variants could produce around 600kW and 1000Nm – outputs previewed by the four-door AMG GT concept that previewed the recently-revealed AMG GT 4-door Coupe.