BMW Says It Doesn’t See A Future For Its V12 Engine

BMW M chief executive Markus Flasch says it is unlikely that the German car manufacturer’s V12 will stick around for much longer.

During a wide-ranging interview with Autoblog, Flasch was asked if BMW’s twelve-cylinder engine has a future. “Beyond what we have, I don’t believe we will see a new twelve-cylinder model in the foreseeable future,” he responded.

Also Read: BMW Will Keep The V12 Engine Alive Until 2023 Thanks To “Surprising” Demand

Back in April, the head of the powertrain division for the 7-Series, Michael Bayer said that BMW will retain its current V12 for the current 7-Series, meaning it’ll stick around until about 2023. Bayer added that there was a possibility the company could update the twin-turbo 6.0-liter powertrain to comply with new emissions after 2023 but said it would be “extremely difficult.” Flasch’s more recent statement indicates that once the current V12 has carried out its duties in the current 7-Series, it will be no more.

BMW’s twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 is featured in range-topping guise in the potent M760Li and this model is reportedly selling well in the Middle East and China. In fact, the German carmaker says it has been at capacity producing these engines ever since the M760Li was introduced, confirming that there is demand for such a powertrain.

This twelve cylinder unit can pump out 602 hp when uncorked, but new emissions rules means it must be fitted with revised particulate filters, reducing power to 577 hp. However, that is still a lot for a luxurious sedan and serves as the engine of choice for 7-Series buyers looking to make a statement.

Companies like Ferrari and Lamborghini are keeping their V12 engines around thanks to hybridization but it doesn’t appear as if BMW, sadly, will do the same.

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  • Bash

    Well, we all know that by now. The faster we accept this fact and make peace with it the better it is.

    • 2PacOfCarscoop


      • PK

        you either adapt or perish. that’s life buddy. petrol engines aren’t meant to last long in this time of age.

  • Six_Tymes

    Yes bmw, we know, we feel your pain.

  • Super Rob

    How much is an oil change on that.

  • Dude

    Oh no a V8 instead of my V12…

    They could make if more efficient if they really wanted to. There are many technologies to improve the efficiency of gas engines (SPCCI, variable compression, free-valve) But of course it makes more financial sense to downsize and electrify. Especially for mass-market models like the 7-series as opposed to Rolls-Royce models that get exceptions based on low volume and high price

    • Cobrajet

      They can downsize it back to 5 liters, for a start.


    large displacement internal combustion engine vehicles will not be acceptable by 2020s

  • SteersUright

    Maybe if they just brought the size down from 6.0L to 3.0L with electric augmentation? Dunno, I think V12’s are special and belong in special cars.

  • TRB0T0Y

    One hopes this magnificent motor will live on for as long as possible in the Rolls-Royce lineup.

  • sidewaysspin

    It looks like the IT clown evil smile with his two huge front teeth.

  • Cobrajet

    They should make an M7 as the final edition.

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