Given the trend of downsizing these days, some perhaps surprising news came out of the Mercedes camp today. The company is shifting production of its twin-turbo V12s to a Daimler facility in Mannheim, which will free up space at AMG’s Affalterbach HQ to expand its V8 building activities.
The reason for all this? Demand for fast Mercs with massive engines is incredibly strong right now. Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG Tobias Moers, said: “Supplying our customers as fast as possible is highly important to us. We do not have any possibilities for expansion in Affalterbach at present, so we have decided to transfer the assembly of the 12-cylinder engines to the Daimler site in Mannheim.”
Both at Mannheim and Affalterbach, AMG’s ‘one man, one engine’ manufacturing ethos will continue, so you’ll still get a lovely little plaque telling you which clever chap slotted your motor together.