BMW V12 Cars Face an Uncertain Future

V12 may not make it to 2016

Dec 4 2012, 10:55am CST | by

BMW V12 Cars Face an Uncertain Future

BMW has been stuffing massive V12 engines under the hood of its high-end 7 Series range for many years. In recent years, BMW has been getting away from large displacement engines going the smaller displacement turbocharged power plants. As of now, BMW hasn't decided if the sixth generation 7 Series set to debut in 2016 will have a V12 engine or not.

A BMW executive has said that whether the V12 will be used in the next generation car hasn't been decided. BMWs high-end 760Li V12-powered vehicle is currently a low-volume model for the company. Many consumers have been opting for cheaper, more efficient, and significantly less powerful 750i and 750Li cars.

The V12 available in the vehicle now uses twin turbochargers producing 400 kW of power and 759 m of torque. Despite the impressive power output, it's hardly any faster than the 750i twin turbo V8 engine with only 0.2 seconds separating the two vehicles in a race to 60 mph.

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.

 

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