The Sound and The Fury: The Wild World of V-12S

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Rolls-royce

The Phantom VIII, and all Rolls-royces, for that mat­ter, use twin-turbo-charged V-12s not to de­liver blis­ter­ing speed, but for quiet, stately cruis­ing—think pa­rades and state mo­tor­cades— and oc­ca­sional smooth bursts of power.

As­ton Mar­tin

The new, el­e­gantly sporty DB11 has a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V-12 that’s hand-built at As­ton’s fac­tory in Gay­don, Eng­land. While these cars have used al­most ex­clu­sively V-12s since the early ’90s, the DB11 will soon be avail­able with a V-8 made by Mercedes-benz AMG.

BMW

The M760i xdrive is the only car BMW equips with a V-12, a ver­sion of the same twin-turbo en­gine that it builds for Rolls-royce. In that re­gard, this USD156,700 car is kind of a V-12 bar­gain. The ex­haust sound is ac­tu­ally am­pli­fied on the car’s stereo sys­tem.

Lam­borgh­ini

As far as Pavarotti-loud, nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V-12s go, it’s pri­mar­ily a Fer­rari and Lam­borgh­ini world. The Aven­ta­dor is Lambo’s best-sell­ing V-12 in the com­pany’s 54-year his­tory; in the new Aven­ta­dor S, peo­ple will hear you com­ing from blocks away.

Mercedes-benz

The AMG G65 sports a 6.0-litre V-12 bi-turbo en­gine that pro­duces 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, mak­ing it the most pow­er­ful SUV any­where. Overkill? Yes. That’s the point. The hand­crafted V-12’s are found in six Mercedes-ben­zes, in­clud­ing the two-seater SL AMG.

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