In the world of engine swaps, few powertrains are more popular than LS engines. However, what is rare is to see a special V12 LS installed in a mundane Kia van. You could easily call this one of the craziest sleepers ever created. Built in a matter of days by some Australians in a shed, the V12 sits below the passenger compartment of the van. Yes, this really is a mid-engine V12-powered Kia work van that was created for a bit of fun. For those wondering what exactly a V12 LS engine is, it is the work of this duo of Australian revheads and was revealed in prototype guise back at SEMA in 2016. The company, simply dubbed V12LS, would like to refine the engine to a point where it delivers 1000 hp without any use of forced induction. If that goal is achieved, it will be remarkable. As you can imagine, buying a custom LS with 12-cylinders isn’t cheap and it costs $46,200 for a turnkey example with a standalone ECU and a touch over 700 hp. Impressively, the massive engine actually slots … [Read more...] about Kia Van Becomes The Ultimate Sleeper With V12 LS
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Ferrari’s 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine has won the International Engine of the Year award for the third time in succession. The engine, which powers the Ferrari 488, 488 Spider and 488 Pista, took top overall honors and also won Best Performance Engine, and Best 3-Liter to 4-liter category. That hardly comes as a surprise since the engine awards are all about powerful and emotional powerplants: only two categories have awarded an engine that produces less than 200 hp, and all other engines are synonymous with outstanding power figures. For BMW, as in previous years, it was the 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine found in the BMW i3 bringing home the trophy for the Bavarians. In the class of 1.4 to 1.8-liter displacement, BMW was able to celebrate a double victory, as the variants of the three-cylinder B38 used in other series from BMW and MINI were the toughest opponents for the 231-hp i8 hybrid drive. The BMW i8 engine benefits from a special … [Read more...] about 2018 International Engine Of The Year Awards
4 A now thoroughly reinvigorated Aston Martin must have been delighted to see just how well the V8-engined DB11 was received upon its launch last year. But with such an accomplished car came an unspoken problem – it made the existing DB11 V12 superfluous for anybody buying the car on merit rather than simply to have the most expensive variant possible. That, in brief, is how we end up here, staring at the gorgeous metalwork of the new DB11 AMR. This is the car that takes over as the flagship grand tourer in Aston’s line-up, retaining V12 power, but with chassis improvements derived from the V8 and the performance dial turned up a notch. Until the launch of the DBS Superleggera later this year this... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week … [Read more...] about Aston Martin DB11 V12 AMR review – flagship British GT gets an upgrade
If you want to buy a new car with a V12 engine and a manual gearbox, there is only one you can get: The Aston Martin V12 Vantage. It's worth every penny. (Full Disclosure: Aston Martin wanted me to drive the V12 Vantage so bad that they gave me five full days with the car and let me take it up to Monticello Motor Club and drive it on track. They told me I could drive it 500 miles. I drove it 492.8.) Hot rodding is a simple science. Take small car. Take hugely powerful engine. Insert hugely powerful engine into small car. Profit. That's the formula for the V12 Vantage, because this is Aston's smallest — and most beautiful — car equipped with Aston's largest engine. It's a tight squeeze to get all 510 horsepower in there, but it's certainly worth the trade off because adding 100 horsepower to Aston's capable VH Platform really makes the Vantage come alive. The feelings, the sounds, the sensations, everything is more immediate and visceral. It's an Aston unplugged. And on … [Read more...] about 2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage: The Jalopnik Review
Tweet TweetWithout making too much fuss, the British at Aston Martin have just unveiled the Vantage V12 Roadster. It’s a new model they say. Not that we don’t believe Aston Martin’s press release or the PR employees that created it, but the evidence does appear to be stacking against it. It’s a roadster version of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage coupe. The soft top is not that new either. The engine doesn’t come with any new tricks either. It produces the same 517 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque it does in the coupe. With the new roof and added bulk that comes with it takes in 4.1 seconds for the Vantage V12 Roadster to get from 0 to 62 mph. Apart from being a fake new version that mixes some very good pieces of former Aston Martin products the new V12 powered roadster gets a few extra tweaks. It comes with a partially carbon fiber body kit and some newly fitted carbon trim to the interior as well. Aston Martin were so pleased with their progress that they … [Read more...] about Aston Martin unveils Vantage V12 Roadster
When the automotive industry started to move towards turbocharged engines, hybrids and electrified powertrains, we had to say goodbye to one of the best motors of all time – the Mercedes’ M156 V8. Now, it looks like Mercedes-AMG is about to lay another one of its great engines to sleep. The M156 V8 was a masterpiece, appearing in 2006 in a few of the automaker’s vehicles. Of note, those cars included the Mercedes-AMG E63, ML63, S63, CL63, and R 63 – remember that thing – and went on to be fitted to a handful of other machines. After winning everyone over, AMG placed the engine into the CLK63 AMG. The engine was hilariously fitted to the C-Class sedan, which became the C63 AMG. Unlike the current variant’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, the 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 sounded like the ground was being ripped apart and imparted a muscle-car character to the vehicle. If you need a refresher, Chris Harris, as usual, found a great way to say goodbye … [Read more...] about The Death Of Mercedes-AMG’s V12 Will Mark The End Of An Era
Mercedes-AMG is waving goodbye to its wonderful V12 engine in favor of developing V8s with an electrified twist. While the 12-cylinder engine will live on in Mercedes’ high-end vehicles, like Maybachs, it won’t be featured in AMG-branded things. And that makes us sad, because the brand put the glorious engine in some of its best cars. When it comes to V12-powered cars from Mercedes, the CLK GTR and CLK GTR Roadster have to be the craziest vehicles from the automaker. The car is in the same neighborhood as the Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion as a vehicle that has unjustly been forgotten. As with a lot of great vehicles from the ‘90s, the CLK GTR was born from Mercedes’ need to go racing. Unlike other manufacturers, though, the brand didn’t come out with the supercar while it was competing. That, understandably, drew the ire of other brands, but Mercedes eventually kept their promise, coming out with the insane supercar. But before we get to the supercar, … [Read more...] about The Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Is One Of The Craziest V12-Powered Cars Ever Made
It seems that it is the final count down for the Mercedes-AMG SL65. An insider speaking for MB Passion Blog claims that the car is set to die off this upcoming June, taking its V12 engine with it. The production of the V12 is set to end in May, before the company will officially retire the model in the first month of summer. The 621-horsepower SL65, most powerful in the history of the model, will though let the toned-down SL standard variant live on. The car might make an impressive comeback with more power, once the 6.0-liter V12 is gone. The next-generation SL should make its debut sometime in the beginning of the next decade, as an AMG-developed model. Instead of the SL65 designation, the top-of-the-range model will feature the SL73 nameplate at the rear. It is only logical that the car will be powered by the company’s 4.0-liter V8 engine, paired with an electric motor that provides extra output and extra torque. The system will be able to develop in excess of 800 horsepower. … [Read more...] about Is the V12-powered Mercedes-AMG SL65 set to die out?
Despite the apparent onslaught of tiny turbocharged engines and electric vehicles, there's still a swath of new V8-powered cars out there that make a ton of power. Which is your favorite? The first car that comes to mind for me is the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T. The 602-horsepower twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 version of Ferrari's four-seat grand touring car is actually the lower-spec version, dwarfed by the all-wheel drive V12-powered Lusso. Still, over 600 horsepower going to the rear wheels is more than enough thrust for me. And even though the Lusso T is turbocharged, it still makes a healthy V8 growl. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Now we'd like to know: Which new high-powered V8 car is your favorite? It doesn't have to be something exotic like a Ferrari, either—it could be anything, as long as it has a V8 with a lot of power, and you can buy it new right now. Let us know in the comments below. … [Read more...] about What’s the Best New High-Powered V8 Car You Can Buy?
Last Saturday, the upgraded M159 6.2 V8 in an SLS AMG Black Series changed my life in various ways when I got close to its 8000 rpm redline. I realize that perhaps this wasn't Mercedes's intent, since I'm pretty sure AMG wanted me to go home fantasizing about the 4.0 twin-turbo in their new GT-R instead, which I also drove. Oh well. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Make no mistake, AMG's 577 horsepower Nürburgring slayer offers quite a thrill, but the new, equally loud yet much more politically correct 4.0 twin-turbo just can't match the theater and fury of the SLS Black's 622 horsepower naturally-aspirated V8. Especially in such a lightened, tightened and track-focused chassis as what the SLS became in its Black Series form. AMG’s apple tree/valve and camshaft-based crest pressed into a C63 AMG Edition 1’s armrest. Máté Petrány/Road&Track Advertisement - Continue Reading Below What's common in both V8s is that they are built by hand … [Read more...] about How AMG’s Engine Factory Makes No Mistakes, But All the Horsepower