Mercedes-Benz phasing out V12-powered roadsters

There’s not much new news about the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class vehicles. That may be because the current model is almost eight years old or perhaps because it’s slowly and quietly being phased out.

The SL-Class received a facelift back in 2008 but has fallen off the radar for many since then and fuel economy could be a reason. To combat this Mercedes is discontinuing its twelve-cylinder versions of the SL. The SL600 was the first to go and now the SL65 AMG is getting the chop as well. But it remains unclear if the fixed-roof SL65 AMG Black Series will continue on.

This has created speculation that Mercedes-Benz will eventually end all V12 engine production shortly and put it’s largest powerplants out to pasture. It may also be an early signal of the arrival of a new generation SL-Class. The new model could arrive as early as next year in 2013 model year form.

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