奔驰AMGV12退出历史舞台
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近年来奔驰汽车的车型在涡轮增压发动机方面发力,奔驰公司AMG系列车型中的V12涡轮增压发动机慢慢的退出了历史舞台,取而代之的是V8双涡轮增压发动机。可见奔驰汽车在环保节能的道路上越走越快。

We were granted a bit of time with the head of Mercedes-AMG, Tobias Moers, during the New York Auto Show last week. Among other topics, we asked him about AMGs famed V12 engines and whether they have much of a future with AMG. It seems they do not. Moers told us that he does not feel they are necessary for AMGs products, especially vehicles unique to the AMG brand such as the AMG GT.

It is hard to argue that point, too, since the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 in the AMG GT 63 S four-door makes 630 horsepower while S65 AMGs twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 manages 621 hp. And sure, that V12 has considerably more torque (738 pound-feet to the GT S four-door 627), but having four fewer cylinders means less weight hanging on top of the nose for improved handling. Plus the V8 is shared throughout the Mercedes family, so it s more affordable to develop, modify, and certify than a new V12.

While odds are we will not be seeing any new V12 powertrains from AMG in the future, Moers did not rule out the engine in other Mercedes. He said that Mercedes would probably still use 12-cylinder engines in high-end luxury cars. In our interview, he did not specify whether that included AMG-modified versions of Mercedes-Benz cars, such as the aforementioned AMG S 65, or if it would be restricted to Mercedes cars without any AMG association such as the Mercedes-Maybach S 650.

We learned a few other interesting tidbits from Mr. Moers, too, especially about the AMG GT four-door. Part of the reason AMG created the more practical GT model was because Mercedes was losing buyers to other car companies. Moers told us that existing owners of C- and E-Class AMG models were looking for something more exclusive and higher-performance, but also still practical. Unfortunately there wasn t really anything that fit until AMG launched its own four-door.

Also, the reason the AMG GT four-door can be had with more power than the omnipotent GT R coupe, is mainly because it is heavier and it has all-wheel drive. Moers said they choose output based on what feels right for the car, and the weight necessitated more power, and the all-wheel drive allowed it to easily manage that power.

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