Forced to reduce the size of their engines to be more fuel-efficient, some carmakers are resisting and producing cars with V12 engines. What are the existing models?
A true myth, the V12 has built the sporting reputation of many manufacturers, such as Ferrari and Lamborghini. A soft and silent engine in a limousine, and raging and ferocious in a prestigious sports car.
Today, environmental standards require brands to reduce fuel consumption and particulate emissions, or risk being heavily sanctioned. To do this, manufacturers are reducing the number of cylinders (downsizing) in their engines.
While some are switching to supercharged V8 engines, V12 engines are still resisting at the most prestigious automakers. But its days are numbered.
A prestigious sports car, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso is equipped with a 6.3-liter V12 engine with 697 Nm of torque. Powerful with its 690 horsepower under the hood, the car goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds for a top speed of 335 km/h. There is also a 7-speed automatic transmission.
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Launched in 2017, the 812 Superfast is the most powerful model of the Italian brand. As its name suggests, it is powerful thanks to its 12-cylinder engine with 6.5 liters and 718 Nm of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in a record time of 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 340 km/h with its 800 horsepower under the hood.
Rolls Royce Cullinan
Launched in 2018, on the same platform as the Phantom, the Cullinan is an extra-luxury SUV. Equipped with a BMW 12-cylinder, 6.7-liter twin-turbo engine, the vehicle is powered by 571 horsepower under the hood, taking it from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds for a top speed of 250 km/h.
Rolls Royce Ghost
Although it is the “smallest” model in the Rolls family, this luxury sedan is powered by a BMW 6.6-litre V12 engine. Powerful with 570 horsepower, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds for a top speed of 250 km/h.
Rolls Royce Phantom VIII
The oldest of the Rolls Royce models, the Phantom VIII is a top-of-the-line model unveiled since 2017. Featuring a 6.75-litre, single-turbocharged V12 engine, the luxury vehicle conceals 571 horsepower under its hood. From 0 to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds, it goes up to a top speed of 250 km/h.
Rolls Royce Wraith
Born in 2013, the Wraith is equipped with a 6.6-liter V12 engine, like the Ghost. It is also a coupe version of the sedan, with doors that open antagonistically. Unlike the Ghost, the Wraith has 632 horsepower under the hood and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds for a top speed of 250 km/h.
Replacing the Zonda, the Huayra was born in 2011. Impressively sporty, it is equipped with a 12-cylinder Mercedes AMG 6.0 l. Under its luxurious 700 hp hood, incredible power, since it can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds, up to a top speed of 370 km/h.
Lamborghini Aventador S
Coming from Italy in 2016, the Lamborghini Aventador S is a luxury sports car with four-wheel steering. With its 6.5-liter V12 engine, it is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in a record time of 2.8 seconds. With 740 horsepower under the hood, the Aventador S can reach speeds of up to 350 km/h.
Aston Martin DB11 AMR
True to the V12, Aston Martin has created the DB11 AMR to replace the DB9 in 2016. It replaced the famous 6-liter V12 with a 5.2-liter twin-turbo. Powerful with its 639 horsepower, the car goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds for a top speed of 334 km/h.
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Launched in 2018 by the British giant, the DBS Superleggera is a GT equipped with the same V12 engine as the DB11. Powerful 725 hp, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. It replaces the Vanquish, as a tribute to the Italian Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera.
BMW M760 Li xDrive
Restyled in 2019 after being created in 2016, the BMW M760 Li xDrive is the most powerful of its sisters with 600 hp under the hood. It is equipped with a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine with xDrive all-wheel drive and an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed limited to 250 km/h.