Engine Mercedes M279 E60

The 6.0-liter 12-cylinder Mercedes M279 engine was first introduced in 2012 and is installed on top versions of CL, G, S and SL models, including the G65, S65 or SL65. There are two modifications of this power unit: stock for 530 hp and AMG for 630 hp.

The V12-family includes: M120, M137, M275, M279.


Production years since 2012
Displacement, cc 5980
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 530 (M 279 E 60 AL)
612 – 630 (AMG M 279 E 60 AL)
Torque output, Nm 830 (M 279 E 60 AL)
1000 (AMG M 279 E 60 AL)
Cylinder block aluminum V12
Block head aluminum 36v
Cylinder bore, mm 82.6
Piston stroke, mm 93
Compression ratio 9.0
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging Biturbo
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 10.5
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 5/6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Mercedes AMG S65 2017)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~270 000
Weight, kg 280

The engine was installed on:

  • Mercedes CL-Class C217 in 2014 – 2019;
  • Mercedes G-Class W463 in 2012 – 2018;
  • Mercedes S-Class W222 since 2014;
  • Mercedes SL-Class R231 in 2012 – 2018.

Disadvantages of the Mercedes M279 engine

  • Finally expensive ignition blocks are a thing of the past and now there are dual coils.
  • Thanks to the distributed fuel injection, the engine has no problems with coking.
  • There are already reports on the specialized forums about the sleeve of such a unit after scuffing.
  • There are also complaints from owners about stretching the timing chain even up to 150,000 km.

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