Mercedes Decides Eight is Great, After All

mercedes decides eight is great after all

It’s no secret this industry is moving towards smaller displacement engines, with power adders cropping up on machines of all shapes and sizes as part of an effort to meet fuel economy and emission regs while maintaining the level of power to which we’ve become accustomed.

Last summer, Mercedes-Benz indicated they were dropping V8 engines from their lineup, favoring smaller mills for a myriad of reasons. Someone in a corner office has evidently had a rethink, as it has been confirmed there will be Mercs with eight cylinders in the 2022 model year after all.

According to reports by those in the know, certain models of the Mercedes-Benz lineup are open for ordering and have the option of a twin-turbo V8 engine. Namely, GLE and GLS rigs are on tap, plus the big daddy G-Wagen. It’ll not escape your notice these are all hulking (and profitable) SUVs.

As our own Matt Posky noted last year when the company announced the death of their V8 lineup, reasons for the move were cloudy, with official spox vacillating between blaming the move on regulatory hurdles and some sort of quality issue. The latter was odd, given the use of Mercedes V8s in other applications and the apparent realization that octopots would be offered in other markets.

But life comes at you fast, it seems. There is a case to be made that well-heeled customers on this side of the pond balked at the concept of paying big bucks for vehicles powered by six cylinders, no matter the level of horsepower. As most of us well know, appearances are everything to some people – especially in certain social circles – and there may have been customer or dealer feedback driving this reversal.

Or maybe Mercedes simply found a cache of V8s they forgot about in a German warehouse.

[Image: Mercedes-Benz]

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  • Stuki Stuki on Feb 04, 2022

    Stuffed up with turbos, what's even the difference? The whole charm of big engines, is you don't need to rid them of all charm by chaining them to blowers. I can't imagine even a dead turtle wouldn't immediately recognize the 6.4 Hemi as the pick of the litter, versus any of the multiturboed V8 exercises in boredom coming out of Germany these days.

  • SixtiesGuy SixtiesGuy on Feb 04, 2022

    What's more darkly, bizarrely ironic than the concept of a "green" Rolls Royce? It does fit perfectly with the mindset of flying in one's private jet to Davos to talk about climate change. Virtue signaling to satisfy the tiniest of tiny souls.

  • DenverMike When was it ever a mystery? The Fairmont maybe, but only the 4-door "Futura" trim, that was distinctively upscale. The Citation and Volare didn't have competing trims, nor was there a base stripper Maxima at the time, if ever, crank windows, vinyl seats, 2-doors, etc. So it wasn't a "massacre", not even in spirit, just different market segments. It could be that the Maxima was intended to compete with those, but everything coming from Japan at the time had to take it up a notch, if not two.Thanks to the Japanese "voluntary" trade restriction, everything had extra options, if not hard loaded. The restriction limited how many vehicles were shipped, not what they retailed at. So Japanese automakers naturally raised the "price" (or stakes) without raising MSRP. What the dealers charged (gouged) was a different story.Realistically, the Maxima was going up against entry luxury sedans (except Cimarron lol), especially Euro/German, same as the Cressida. It definitely worked in Japanese automaker's favor, not to mention inspiring Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.
  • Ronnie Schreiber Hydrocarbon based fuels have become unreliable? More expensive at the moment but I haven't seen any lines gathering around gas stations lately, have you? I'm old enough to remember actual gasoline shortages in 1973 and 1979 (of course, since then there have been many recoverable oil deposits discovered around the world plus the introduction of fracking). Consumers Power is still supplying me with natural gas. I recently went camping and had no problem buying propane.Texas had grid problems last winter because they replaced fossil fueled power plants with wind and solar, which didn't work in the cold weather. That's the definition of unreliable.I'm an "all of the above" guy when it comes to energy: fossil fuels, hydro, wind (where it makes sense), nuclear (including funding for fusion research), and possibly solar.Environmental activists, it seems to me, have no interest in energy diversity. Based on what's happened in Sri Lanka and the push against agriculture in Europe and Canada, I think it's safe to say that some folks want most of us to live like medieval peasants to save the planet for their own private jets.
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  • MaintenanceCosts There's no mystery anymore about how the Japanese took over the prestige spot in the US mass market (especially on the west coast) when you realize that this thing was up against the likes of the Fairmont, Citation, and Volaré. A massacre.