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Every 12-Cylinder New Car You Can Buy (But Probably Can’t Afford)

Car and Driver Logo By Noah Joseph of Car and Driver | Slide 1 of 18: Wondering whatever happened to the adage “no replacement for displacement?” Fuel-economy standards, for one. In the pursuit of lower tailpipe emissions and improved efficiency, automakers have been jettisoning cylinders and downsizing engines, installing turbochargers to make up the performance gap. While we’ve seen countless models switch from eight-cylinder engines to six-cylinder engines, six-cylinder engines to four-cylinder engines, and even a few fours to threes, no cylinder count has been as vulnerable in recent years as the twelve. Companies like Jaguar and McLaren have abandoned their V-12s, which makes the nine marques still clinging resolutely to their twelve-cylinder engines all the more surprising and noteworthy. To celebrate, we’ve gathered every new vehicle available with a twelve-cylinder - environmental consciousness be damned.

Wondering whatever happened to the adage “no replacement for displacement?” Fuel-economy standards, for one. In the pursuit of lower tailpipe emissions and improved efficiency, automakers have been jettisoning cylinders and downsizing engines, installing turbochargers to make up the performance gap.

While we’ve seen countless models switch from eight-cylinder engines to six-cylinder engines, six-cylinder engines to four-cylinder engines, and even a few fours to threes, no cylinder count has been as vulnerable in recent years as the twelve.

Companies like Jaguar and McLaren have abandoned their V-12s, which makes the nine marques still clinging resolutely to their twelve-cylinder engines all the more surprising and noteworthy. To celebrate, we’ve gathered every new vehicle available with a twelve-cylinder - environmental consciousness be damned.

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