Dear carmakers, I have listened to many of your latest and greatest twelve-cylinder engines. They are powerful. They are efficient. They do not sound like a V12 should. To set you back on the right path, please listen to the twelve-mouthed gulps of air this Toyota engine takes.
Everyone knows that attempting to bankroll an old V12 car, be it a BMW, Jaguar, Aston Martin or anything, really, is a very poor decision. That doesn’t mean owning a V12 is not extremely appealing.
There’s a certain amount of cringe factor when it comes to expensive things meeting their end in an undignified way. It’s the train wreck that you would never wish on your worst enemy, but for some reason, can never look away from. Case in point: this Aston Martin V12 that met its untimely end with its internal engine…
Studies reveal that millions of Americans every month waste time at work on Jalopnik. So where do Jalopnik writers waste their time at work? Bring A Trailer, of course. And when I took a break to ogle this gorgeous 2002 BMW M5, ex-Jalop supremo Matt Hardigree showed me how I can do one better: a Euro-spec 1993 BMW M5…
[Look at how happy these V12 Mercedes drivers are. I wonder where this car is now, and if it yet sounds like a Zonda. Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz]
Demand for AMG’s monstrous twin-turbo V12 is so high that they are switching production to another factory.
The overhead fluorescent lights flickered to life, settling into a barely-perceptible hum that lived somewhere inside my tympanic plexus. It certainly wasn’t obeying the condo good-neighbor guidelines.
The men sitting around the car were surprised by my sudden entrance. They hit the floor as soon as I could heft the…
The Tokyo Motor Show is a wonderful event, although the best thing about it this year was once again the parking lot. However, if you can escape for a bit, you might find something interesting. Like 13 Toyota 2000GTs in a hidden warehouse. And other stuff too.
It’s amazing where a bit of luck can land you. Over the last few days, I’ve found myself adrift without GPS on a sinuous bit of remote Japanese rural road, blitzing along in a Murcielago R-GT without ear protection, and the lone Westerner in a Mazda fan event numbering 1200 cars - and then Yojiro Terada broke out the…
The Lamborghini factory at Sant'Agata churns out just five of these 6.5-liter, 691 horsepower V12 engines per day. Each is a gargantuan six feet long, looking more like WWII aircraft or tank engines than streetable powerplants intended for the Aventador. When Lamborghini invited us to take a turn on the line and screw…
A garage fire at the Malibu home of former James Bond, current cool-guy Pierce Brosnan broke out two weeks ago, and it has now been revealed that the only victim of the fire was the actor's 2002 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, which was part of about one million dollars in damage.
Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Mercedes is claimed to have at one time been big in Japan. It is in fact big everywhere goes, and since it's here now and for sale, we'll need to decide if its price makes it a big deal.
We've explained the power of the Ferrari Chaser before. It's like a unicorn chaser, but more effective. Tired of flight delays, grating in-laws and other holiday stress? Shh. Don't worry. Here's a V12 Ferrari 412 T2 Formula One car to make it all go away.
What's better than watching an F1 race on TV and only slightly worse than witnessing it live? A full race on board with natural V12 noise, of course.
The V12 is the king of all cylinder arrangements. Sure, you can have something more exotic if you want just raw power, like the W16 in the Bugatti Veyron or a massive Straight-8 like in an old Duesenberg, but almost every timeless classic has twelve pistons arranged in a "V."
For my birthday weekend Sarah, my wife, hired us a Jaguar E-type for 24 hours, and booked us a hotel in the Cotswolds. The plan was that we'd drive up to Great Escape Cars in the Cotswolds to pick up the E-type, wend our way down to our hotel 100 miles south then meander back the next day.
There was little else to the Matra MS11 than a humongous French V12 which wasn’t very good. But all the car needed was a bit of old-school French engineering. A year later the MS80, its sucessor, sailed Jackie Stewart to his first F1 title. (Photo by al_green)
After their first win in 2011, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates won the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona with its #1 TELMEX/Target BMW Riley prototype, powered by a Dinan Engineering tuned BMW engine.