The V12 powered SL 600 and SL 65 AMG were eliminated from the manufacturer’s offer and the models can be equipped with new V8s when the new SL generation will hit the showrooms.
The green, eco, EV, low-carbon, low-noise, low fuel consumption disease is hitting all the major car manufacturers which are announcing smaller engines for their powerful models and in a few years W16, W12, V12, V10 and so on can be history.
The Mercedes SL powered by the 6.0 liter V12 developed 612 horsepower and 1.000 Nm of torque, which was electronically limited, connected to a five-gear automated transmission, which is “tough” enough to handle the torque.
According to a JATO Dynamics study, the Stuttgart based manufacturer stands on the last place with the highest CO2 emissions in Europe, of 172.2 g/km, while the competition, BMW and Audi, has only 152.9 g/km, thanks to their new technologies (BMW) or developing a small city car (Audi A1).
This is not the first down-grade for Mercedes which ditched the 6.2 liter V8 powering the 63AMG for the 5.5 liter bi-turbo V8, which has the same badge. Even though the engines are getting smaller, the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are lower and the power went up, nothing can replace that V12 sound.