Engines, all SUVs with a V12 under the hood

Plan plan, model after model, i grand SUV they have become the true flagships of luxury car manufacturers. For this reason, it would be perfectly normal for them to always have the biggest and most powerful engines available in the house, namely the same V12s as the impressive sedans or the fastest sports cars.

Today things are not exactly like this, even if for some it was just a question of timing: if Aston Martin, for example, had launched DBX even just 10 years ago, it is safe to bet that he would have reserved the V12 of the DB9 for him without hesitation. Instead, he has to “settle” for a twin-turbo V8, albeit a record one.

The latest masterpieces

That of the English house is not the only case: some of the most recent fast SUVs arrived relatively late, in pieno downsizing and with petrol (and diesel) engines that now seem to have numbered days. Others, on the other hand, had time to appear on the market when the race for displacements and powers was still relatively free, creating real milestones. The latest of which will debut this year.

Audi Q7 V12 TDI

Bentley Bentayga W12


Ferrari Thoroughbred

Lamborghini LM002

Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Volkswagen Touareg W12

Audi Q7 V12 TDI quattro

Audi Q7 V12 TDI retro
Audi Q7 V12 TDI engines

Neither the Audi Q7 in its 2 generations nor the Audi Q8 sports model has ever gone beyond 8 cylinders, not even for the S and RS versions. However, the Q7 has granted itself a twin-turbo V12 version dieselpresented as a concept car in 2007 and then put on the list, where it remained until 2012. A tribute to the similar engine (but with a completely different basis) that raced and won in endurance races with the R10 TDI.

Displacement: 5.934 cc

Diet: bitter

Power: 500 CV a 4.000 giri

Couple: 1.000 Nm a 1.750 giri

Max speed: 250 km/h

0-100 km/h: 5.5 seconds

Bentley Bentayga W12 Speed

Bentley Bentayga Speed - fronte
Bentley Bentayga W12 - motore
Bentley Bentayga Speed - retro

The SUV of the House of Crewe, launched in 2016, was presented directly with the W12 biturbo of 6 liters and 608 hp common to the models of the family Continental, to which a twin-turbo V8 was only added later. In 2020 the mighty W12 was revived in an even more upgraded version for Bentayga Speed, the fastest SUV in the world before the arrival of the Aston Martin DBX707.

Displacement: 5.950 cc

Diet: bitter

Power: 635 CV a 6.000 giri

Couple: 900 Nm a 1.350 giri

Max speed: 306 km/h

0-100 km/h: 3.9 seconds

BMW X5 Le Mans

BMW X5 Le Mans Concept - front
BMW X5 Le Mans Concept - engine
BMW X5 Le Mans Concept - retro

BMW X5 LM was just a concept car, but it came in 2000, at the dawn of the SUV epic, when it was legitimate to dream of a standard V12 version. Instead, the later X5M and X6M models were also equipped with twin-turbo V8s. As the name suggests, the engine of the X5 LM was not that of the 7 Series but derived from the S70 / 3 of the V12 single-seater that won at Le Mans the previous year.

Displacement: 5.990 cc

Diet: aspirated

Power: 710 CV

Couple: 700 Nm

Max speed: 310 km/h

0-100 km/h: 4.7 seconds

Ferrari Thoroughbred

Ferrari Purosangue teaser

Of the first “non-canonical” model Relatively little is known about Ferrari, but the main news, confirmed by the company’s top management, is that it will offer a naturally aspirated 12-cylinder engine. A relief, considering that the 812 Competizione engine had already been labeled “the last V12 from Maranello”.

Displacement: n.d.

Diet: aspirated

Power: n.d.

Couple: n.d.

Max speed: n.d.

0-100 km/h: n.d.

Lamborghini LM002

Lamborghini LM002 - Transparency
Lamborghini LM002 front 2
Lamborghini LM002 retro

Forerunner of modern fast SUVs, the mighty off-road vehicle from Sant’Agata received the most powerful engine available in the House, the 5.2 of the Lamborghini Countach Quattrovalvole, reduced from the original 455 HP to 415 (passed to 420 from 90 with the injection variant) . Its numbers are not as impressive as those of the other models in this review, but for the 1986 canons and recitals the weight of 2.6 tons it really was a bomb.

Displacement: 5.167 cc

Diet: aspirated

Power: 420 CV a 5.800 giri

Couple: 500 Nm a 5000 giri

Max speed: 208 km/h

0-100 km/h: 7.8 seconds

Mercedes-AMG G 65

Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG - fronte
Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG -engine
Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG - logo 2

The first Mercedes G-Class with a V12 engine dates back to 2002 and was built in only 5 examples under the name of G 63 AMG V12 and about 440 hp. The idea was revived only 10 years later with a version that remained, however in the price list until 2018powered by the V12 Biturbo of the S 65 AMG with about 610 HP brought to 630 in 2015. There was also a limited edition variant branded Mercedes-Maybach and signed G 650 Landaulet.

Displacement: 5.980 cc

Diet: bitter

Power: 630 CV a 4.800 giri

Couple: 1.000 Nm a 2.300 giri

Max speed: 230 km/h

0-100 km/h: 5.3 seconds

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Rolls-Royce Cullinan - fronte
Rolls-Royce Cullinan - motore
Rolls-Royce Cullinan - retro

Absolutely the largest, most powerful and expensive of the SUVs, Cullinan could not fail to have the most “important” series engine, one of the largest in production whose displacement, 6.75 liters, is a tribute to the history of Rolls-Royce itself. The power of 571 hp rises to 600 on the Black Badge special version, but the 0-100 is not declared.

Displacement: 6.750 cc

Diet: bitter

Power: 571 CV a 5.000 giri (600 CV Black Badge)

Couple: 850 Nm a 1.600 giri (900 Nm Black Badge)

Max speed: 250 km/h

0-100 km/h: n.d.

Volkswagen Touareg W12

Volkswagen Touareg W12 - front
Volkswagen Touareg W12 - engine
Volkswagen Touareg W12 - retro

At its debut in 2002 Volkswagen Touareg had already made headlines for the presence in the list of the largest and most powerful turbodiesel seen until then, the 313 HP V10 TDI, but a few years later it surprised everyone with this petrol variant. Sold between 2005 and 2010, it was propelled by the ancestor of the W12 of 6 liters that today equips Bentley Bentayga, at the time not yet supercharged.

Displacement: 5.998 cc

Diet: aspirated

Power: 450 CV a 6.000 giri

Couple: 600 Nm a 3.250 giri

Max speed: 250 km/h

0-100 km/h: 5.9 seconds

Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.

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