For decades, BMW has been at the forefront of car engine production and technology.
The breadth of the fossil engines ranges from small and efficient three- and four-cylinder engines, to rugged in-line sixes and not least their well-known 4.4-liter V8s.
At the very top, the V12 engine sits on a solid 6.6 liters.
BMW’s 12-cylinder engines have a history dating back to 1986. Then they launched their first 5-liter V12, which at the time delivered 299 hp.
Today’s V12, with twin turbos, on the other hand produces a full 610 hp, and is found in the flagship M760Li xDrive.
Now, however, BMW’s V12 era is soon over. Due to increasingly stringent emission requirements, BMW has no choice but to scrap the engine.
Already this summer, the very latest cars with today’s 6.6-liter V12 engine will be built and delivered to the American market.
The project is called “The Final V12” and includes only 12 copies of the M760i xDrive. That is the flagship and the luxury sedan 7-series.
These cars are fully equipped, with specially designed 20-inch rims. Naturally, the last 12 copies will have several V12 emblems around, to emphasize one last time what lives under the hood.
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Live on in Rolls-Royce
Although twelve cylinders will soon be history at BMW, it must be said that the engine will live for a few more years.
Then under the hood in various Rolls-Royce models, to which BMW supplies engines. They are also the owner of the prestigious British brand.
Among other things, the Rolls-Royce Ghost will use the V12, until they become an all-electric luxury car manufacturer in 2030.
Already next year we will see Rolls’ first all-electric model: Specter. It will undoubtedly give a clear indication of what we can expect from electric luxury from England in the time ahead.
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