The German based automaker BMW is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary since the first ever V12 engine has been offered on production vehicles.
According to the car manufacturer, the first ever V12 engine offered on production vehicles has made its debut back in 1987 on the E31 8-Series as the M170 V12 and it eventually provided the basis for the company’s V12 LMR LeMans race car and also for the McLaren F1. The unit came with 5.0L in displacement and produced a total output of 300 HP and 332 lb-ft of torque.
“In February 1987, BMW finally put an end to the speculation and released the technical specifications of the 12-cylinder engine in the new BMW 750i, ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show the following month. The new engine, which had been designed completely from scratch, would develop 300 horsepower from a displacement of five liters”, as the automaker is saying in its official press release.
The research for producing a V12 engine for road legal cars began back in 1972 for BMW but as part of their developmental research, the company has decided to combine two of the identical straight-six at the crank. The latest V12 units are internally coded as the N73 and the N74 and they can be seen on the Rolls-Royce Phantom and on the BMW 7-Series.