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|
|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|
|Recommended engine oil||5W-30|
|Engine oil capacity, liter||10.5|
|Euro standards||EURO 5/6|
|Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Mercedes AMG S65 2017)
|Engine lifespan, km||~270 000|
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.