Mercedes-Benz has an extended and proud historical past of making some superb V12 engines, however had issues gone a bit in a different way within the 1990s, it might have truly began utilizing a W18. Yes, an engine with eighteen cylinders, or two greater than the Bugatti Chiron…
At the time, Mercedes was producing the W140-generation S-Class and was trying to make a brand new flagship variant, with engineers initially developing with the thought of an 8.0-liter W18. That engine was often called the M 216, but by no means progressed previous the blueprint stage.
To make such a large engine match beneath the hood of the S-Class, Mercedes used a W form with three banks of six-cylinders joined collectively at an angle of 75.5 levels every. The outcome was an engine that was not than a conventional inline six-cylinder and will have truly shared many components with six-cylinder engines of the day.
Mercedes-Benz thought of providing the engine in two totally different S-Class variants, every with its personal energy figures. The entry-level mannequin would have been often called the 800 SEL, in accordance with Autobild, and will have pumped out 490 HP and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. An much more highly effective variant with 680 HP and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) would have topped the vary.
While it could have been superb to see an 8.0-liter W18 engine utilized in a manufacturing automobile, executives at Mercedes-Benz determined that the 6.0-liter V12 the corporate was additionally growing on the time fulfilled all necessities for each massive sedans and sports activities vehicles.