The Truth About Cars » v12 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:00:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » v12 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1992 BMW 750iL http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/junkyard-find-1992-bmw-750il/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/junkyard-find-1992-bmw-750il/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1106737 When you spend as much time in fast-turnover self-service wrecking yards as I do, you get this lesson over and over: Nothing depreciates like high-end German luxury cars. Once the interior gets a little rough, or the cutting-edge elaborate electrical system gets a bit confused, or the next generation of engine makes an additional 50 […]

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When you spend as much time in fast-turnover self-service wrecking yards as I do, you get this lesson over and over: Nothing depreciates like high-end German luxury cars. Once the interior gets a little rough, or the cutting-edge elaborate electrical system gets a bit confused, or the next generation of engine makes an additional 50 […]

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The Ultimate Fit: Aston Martin Van Damn! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/ultimate-fit-aston-martin-van-damn/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/ultimate-fit-aston-martin-van-damn/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1092177 Introducing a brand new column at TTAC: The Ultimate Fit, where you get to figure out the unfortunate souls who would best fit for the rolling relics of the used car world. Let’s take this 15 year old, 3-door Chrysler minivan with only 59,000 original miles. Better yet, you take it and try to find the perfect buyer. […]

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Introducing a brand new column at TTAC: The Ultimate Fit, where you get to figure out the unfortunate souls who would best fit for the rolling relics of the used car world. Let’s take this 15 year old, 3-door Chrysler minivan with only 59,000 original miles. Better yet, you take it and try to find the perfect buyer. […]

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Derek And Doug’s Fantastic Crapwagons: 12 Cylinders, One Emptied Bank Account http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/derek-and-dougs-fantastic-crapwagons-12-cylinders-one-emptied-bank-account/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/derek-and-dougs-fantastic-crapwagons-12-cylinders-one-emptied-bank-account/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:15:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494515 Derek writes: “I believe that anyone who is worth their salt should drive a V12 once before they die.“ Actually, I didn’t write that. But that line was actually spoken (spake?) by David E. Davis, a man who we know never let reality stand in the way of a carefully constructed image. I tend to […]

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Derek writes: “I believe that anyone who is worth their salt should drive a V12 once before they die.“ Actually, I didn’t write that. But that line was actually spoken (spake?) by David E. Davis, a man who we know never let reality stand in the way of a carefully constructed image. I tend to […]

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Bentley To Kill The 6.75L V8 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/bentley-to-kill-the-6-75l-v8/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/bentley-to-kill-the-6-75l-v8/#comments Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:21:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457114 Bentley is set to kill off its iconic 6.75L turbocharged V8 – and this time it’s for good. Back around the turn of the millenium, Bentley debuted their new Arnage with a BMW-derived V8 engine. That didn’t go over well with the Bentley faithful, forcing the company to brand it as the “Green Label”, and […]

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Bentley is set to kill off its iconic 6.75L turbocharged V8 – and this time it’s for good. Back around the turn of the millenium, Bentley debuted their new Arnage with a BMW-derived V8 engine. That didn’t go over well with the Bentley faithful, forcing the company to brand it as the “Green Label”, and […]

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QOTD: Is The V12 Really Dead? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/qotd-is-the-v12-really-dead/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/qotd-is-the-v12-really-dead/#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2012 15:34:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=455895 “The V12 engine is a thing of the past. The engine belongs in a museum.” Those are the words of Antony Sheriff, managing director of McLaren, who spoke to a Dutch publication regarding the future of its supercars. The new Mclaren MP4-12C, with its compact, turbocharged V8, is an impressive machine, but Sheriff may be […]

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“The V12 engine is a thing of the past. The engine belongs in a museum.” Those are the words of Antony Sheriff, managing director of McLaren, who spoke to a Dutch publication regarding the future of its supercars. The new Mclaren MP4-12C, with its compact, turbocharged V8, is an impressive machine, but Sheriff may be […]

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Eco-Friendly Supercars: A Fool’s Errand? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/eco-friendly-supercars-a-fools-errand/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/eco-friendly-supercars-a-fools-errand/#comments Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:54:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=455415 In the eternal quest to adhere to “sustainability”, Lamborghini will apparently be fitting the Aventador with a start-stop system and cylinder deactivation. Am I the only one that finds the recent trend of eco-friendly supercars ridiculous? We can argue over their relevance in today’s wider world, what direction they should take (lightweight and pure, like a […]

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In the eternal quest to adhere to “sustainability”, Lamborghini will apparently be fitting the Aventador with a start-stop system and cylinder deactivation. Am I the only one that finds the recent trend of eco-friendly supercars ridiculous? We can argue over their relevance in today’s wider world, what direction they should take (lightweight and pure, like a […]

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Ferrari Details New Hybrid V12 For Future Flagship http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/ferrari-details-new-hybrid-v12-for-future-flagship/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/ferrari-details-new-hybrid-v12-for-future-flagship/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:07:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=441482 Ferrari’s next flagship will have *gasp* a hybrid system mated to its usual V12/7-speed dual clutch gearbox. The system, known as HY-KERS, will have two electric motors in place. A front mounted motor controls the ancillary systems like power steering, air-conditioning and other power-sapping devices. A rear-mounted motor helps add some juice to the already […]

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Ferrari’s next flagship will have *gasp* a hybrid system mated to its usual V12/7-speed dual clutch gearbox. The system, known as HY-KERS, will have two electric motors in place. A front mounted motor controls the ancillary systems like power steering, air-conditioning and other power-sapping devices. A rear-mounted motor helps add some juice to the already […]

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Junkyard Find: 1987 Jaguar XJ-S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/junkyard-find-1987-jaguar-xj-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/junkyard-find-1987-jaguar-xj-s/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2012 11:49:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=438844 Wait, straight, unrusted XJ-Ss get crushed? Yes, indeed, I see solid examples of Jaguar’s V12 statusmobile at self-service junkyards all the time. This car listed at $39,700 when new (nearly 80 grand in 2012 dollars), but couldn’t even fetch above scrap value at an auction today. That’s why we see quite a few XJ-Ss in […]

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Wait, straight, unrusted XJ-Ss get crushed? Yes, indeed, I see solid examples of Jaguar’s V12 statusmobile at self-service junkyards all the time. This car listed at $39,700 when new (nearly 80 grand in 2012 dollars), but couldn’t even fetch above scrap value at an auction today. That’s why we see quite a few XJ-Ss in […]

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Tiny (12cc) Hand-Machined V12 Is A Holiday Miracle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/tiny-12cc-hand-machined-v12-is-a-holiday-miracle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/tiny-12cc-hand-machined-v12-is-a-holiday-miracle/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:25:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423564 Need an engineering project? Got 1,200 hours to kill with nothing to do? Take a tip from this heroically patient Spaniard, and hand-machine your own tiny (12 cc displacement) V12. This would be amazing feat of handwork even if it weren’t fully operational (using compressed air injection), but the fact that it works, runs and […]

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Need an engineering project? Got 1,200 hours to kill with nothing to do? Take a tip from this heroically patient Spaniard, and hand-machine your own tiny (12 cc displacement) V12. This would be amazing feat of handwork even if it weren’t fully operational (using compressed air injection), but the fact that it works, runs and […]

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Curbside Classic: 1946 Lincoln Continental – The Most Imitated American Car Ever http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-1946-lincoln-continental-the-most-imitated-american-car-ever/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-1946-lincoln-continental-the-most-imitated-american-car-ever/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 16:54:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375951 This car is a jaw-dropper, a true classic, and a lucky find that rivals the CC logomobile, but it’s misnamed. By all rights, it should be the Edsel American. It was Edsel Ford’s fine taste and encouragement that made the original version of this trend-setting car happen, and in the process created a car that […]

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This car is a jaw-dropper, a true classic, and a lucky find that rivals the CC logomobile, but it’s misnamed. By all rights, it should be the Edsel American. It was Edsel Ford’s fine taste and encouragement that made the original version of this trend-setting car happen, and in the process created a car that […]

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Is This The Last Of The Lamborghini V12s? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/is-this-the-last-of-the-lamborghini-v12s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/is-this-the-last-of-the-lamborghini-v12s/#comments Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:11:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372804 Conjecture that Lambo might be getting rid of the V12 in its flagship turns out to have been way off-base: in fact, Lamborghini has just announced specs for its first clean-sheet V12 since the 1964 350GT. Its 6.5 liter displacement is good for 700 high-revving horsepower (but “only” about 500 lb-ft of torque), thanks to […]

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Conjecture that Lambo might be getting rid of the V12 in its flagship turns out to have been way off-base: in fact, Lamborghini has just announced specs for its first clean-sheet V12 since the 1964 350GT. Its 6.5 liter displacement is good for 700 high-revving horsepower (but “only” about 500 lb-ft of torque), thanks to […]

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Hammer Time: Sell, Lease, Rent, or Kill? – 1989 BMW 750il http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/hammer-time-sell-lease-rent-or-kill-1989-bmw-750il/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/hammer-time-sell-lease-rent-or-kill-1989-bmw-750il/#comments Wed, 20 Oct 2010 18:03:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=369467 This vehicle was worth over $80,000 back in the good old days of Bush the Elder. Now? Not so much. The Bimmer pictured here has no check engine light.. The transmission shifts perfectly. It has 104k original miles with no accident history, and a raft of parts have recently been put into this vehicle by […]

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This vehicle was worth over $80,000 back in the good old days of Bush the Elder. Now? Not so much. The Bimmer pictured here has no check engine light.. The transmission shifts perfectly. It has 104k original miles with no accident history, and a raft of parts have recently been put into this vehicle by […]

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The Lamborghini Manifesto: Why It’s Cool That We’re Ditching The V12 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/the-lamborghini-manifesto-why-its-cool-that-were-ditching-the-v12/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/the-lamborghini-manifesto-why-its-cool-that-were-ditching-the-v12/#comments Tue, 14 Sep 2010 22:29:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=365719 Several weeks back, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann was hinting to Forbes that weight loss would be crucial to the Lambo future (he also revealed that the brand’s best-selling colors “are white, black and the grey tones”). As the hype builds towards the release of the new Murcielago-replacing Jota, Winkelmann has released a “manifesto” that he […]

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Several weeks back, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann was hinting to Forbes that weight loss would be crucial to the Lambo future (he also revealed that the brand’s best-selling colors “are white, black and the grey tones”). As the hype builds towards the release of the new Murcielago-replacing Jota, Winkelmann has released a “manifesto” that he […]

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The OHC V12 That Cadillac Almost Built http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/the-ohc-v12-that-cadillac-almost-built/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/the-ohc-v12-that-cadillac-almost-built/#comments Wed, 21 Apr 2010 21:16:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=353666 In the mid sixties, Cadillac gave very serious thought to replacing its aging V8 engine with an OHC V12. And blog.hemmings finally convinced Cadillac to send them some detailed pictures and more information. Looks mighty production ready, but that air cleaner sure makes it looks a lot less sexy than a Ferrari with a bank […]

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In the mid sixties, Cadillac gave very serious thought to replacing its aging V8 engine with an OHC V12. And blog.hemmings finally convinced Cadillac to send them some detailed pictures and more information. Looks mighty production ready, but that air cleaner sure makes it looks a lot less sexy than a Ferrari with a bank […]

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