Bless your ears this morning with a Matra V12, “it sounded like power” as it’s famously known, running on a test bench and probably blowing out every mic within a half-mile radius. It sounds like a buzzsaw. It sounds like God’s fury manifest as exhaust noise.
The Mercedes SL roadster has always been a supreme luxury droptop, and the best part was that was the fact that you could have 12 cylinders under the hood if you were willing to pony up the cash. But an admittedly thinly-sourced rumor says this is the last hurrah for the V12 SL.
Today’s GoPro and cell phone clips have exceptional video quality, but the audio always seems to be lacking. So please take a listen to this Lamborghini Diablo GTR take off, shot nearly a decade ago.
A lot of car buyers are willing to pony up the extra cash to get more motor. After all, gas is cheap right now, you might as well enjoy the power while you can. But sometimes the additional cost just becomes an exercise in diminishing returns. What are some factory engine upgrades that really aren’t worth it?
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.
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.
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."
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.
The Jarama is the Lambo we keep forgetting.
While listening to a guy shouting "Is that his ass, is that his ass?" is not something we would normally do, when it's paired with the glorious sound of a Countach V12 in a Lamborghini LM002 SUV on the serpentines over Monaco, we give in.