Friday, May 7, 2010

Mercedes-Benz preparing to unleash new V6 and V8 engines

Mercedes-Benz is to bring to market a new range of frugal V6 and V8 petrol engines that will provide more power and torque for motorists, Autocar reports.

The publication notes that both engines will benefit from third-generation direct injection, multi-spark ignition and revised combustion, which combine to reduce fuel consumption by 24 per cent.

Among the changes made to the V8 unit are a smaller capacity block that has been cut by 15 per cent and the inclusion of twin turbochargers.

Furthermore, torque has been increased by 32 per cent and peak power has grown by 12 per cent.

According to the magazine, Mercedes-Benz said: "The driver experiences the same pleasant and effortless performance from the new V8 as that delivered by a mighty, naturally aspirated 7.0-litre engine."

Meanwhile, the new V6, which reduces carbon dioxide emissions and provides a better fuel economy, will feature in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and CL-Class later this year.

Comfort is strong in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class range thanks to dynamic multi-contour seats, which feature self-adjusting air chambers in the side bolsters to improve lateral support when cornering.