Mercedes-Benz will introduce a new generation of V6 and V8 petrol engines from the autumn.
The engines are more powerful and have more torque than the ones they replace, yet fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions are improved.
The Mercedes CL will be the first car to get the new V8 in the autumn. The S-Class will get both new engines at the start of 2011.
Smaller, but more powerful
The V8 has shrunk from 5461cc to 4663cc and Mercedes says the high power output from a smaller engine has been made possible by using two turbochargers – one for each bank of cylinders.
Most of the power is available at low revs, so, Mercedes says, there's no delay in the turbos kicking in.
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