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The Mercedes-Benz M120 engine is a high-performance automobile piston V12 engine family used in the 1990s and 2000s in Mercedes' flagship models.

Mercedes-Benz M120 engine
MB M120 E60 VA 1991 300kw 600SEL.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerMercedes-Benz
Layout
Configuration60° V12
Displacement6.0 L (5,987 cc)
7.3 L (7,291 cc)
Cylinder bore89 mm (3.5 in)
91.5 mm (3.60 in)
Piston stroke80.2 mm (3.16 in)
92.4 mm (3.64 in)
Block materialSilicon/Aluminum
Head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDOHC 4 valves x cyl.
Combustion
Fuel systemSequential fuel injection
Fuel typeGasoline
Cooling systemWater cooled
Output
Power output394–800 PS (290–588 kW; 389–789 hp)
Chronology
SuccessorM137

The M120 family is built in Stuttgart, Germany. It has an aluminum engine block lined with silicon/aluminum. The aluminum DOHC cylinder heads are 4 valves per cylinder designs. It uses sequential fuel injection (SFI) and features forged steel connecting rods.

The M120 was eventually replaced in Mercedes' V12 vehicle line-up by the smaller, lesser-powered, short-lived, SOHC, three valves per cylinder, 5.8L, M137 engine.

Contents

M120 6.0 48vEdit

 
M120 S600 (1994), 400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp)

This engine developed 394–408 PS (290–300 kW; 389–402 hp) and 420–428 lb⋅ft (569–580 N⋅m) of torque for the 6.0 L version. In 1992 only the M120 engine was offered in North America in 402 hp (300 kW; 408 PS) format and from 1991-92 408 PS (300 kW; 402 hp) In Europe. All other years 1993–1999 have the 394 PS (290 kW; 389 hp) version.

Applications:

Larger displacement M120sEdit

In 1997, the FIA GT Championship race car Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR was fitted with the M297 engine, derived from the M120. The 25 road cars, required by the FIA rules and delivered in 1999, had their engine enlarged to 6.9 L. There was also a 7.3 L version producing 525 PS (386 kW; 518 hp) developed by AMG which was also used in the SL73 AMG. The 7.3 L M297 engine Twin turbo was also featured in the AMG-built, S73 T Kombi, a custom-built, W140, S-Class wagon built for the Sultan of Brunei. Eighteen units were produced, ten of which went to the Sultan.[1]

A 7.0 L M120 version was also used in the SL70 AMG, and produced 496 PS (365 kW; 489 hp).

Pagani ZondaEdit

The Pagani Zonda[2] has used 3 different capacity, Mercedes-AMG tuned, versions of the M120 engine starting with the untuned 6.0 L for the original Zonda C12 to a 7.0 L (M297) version for the C12 S and Zonda GR, then to the 7.3 L for the Zonda C12s 7.3, Zonda F, Zonda Cinque and the Zonda Tricolore, and back to the 6.0 L for the Zonda R and the Zonda Revolucion. The bore and stroke is 91.5 mm × 92.4 mm (3.60 in × 3.64 in).[3]

Applications:

 
AMG engine display at the Pagani factory
Year Model Displacement Power output
1999 Pagani Zonda C12 6.0 L 400 hp (298 kW; 406 PS)[4]
1999 Pagani Zonda C12-S 7.0 L 540 hp (403 kW; 547 PS)[5]
2002 Pagani Zonda C12-S 7.3 7.3 L 547 hp (408 kW; 555 PS)[6]
2003 Pagani Zonda GR 7.0 L 590 hp (440 kW; 598 PS)
2005 Pagani Zonda F 7.3 L 602 hp (449 kW; 610 PS)[7]
2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque 678 hp (506 kW; 687 PS)[8]
2010 Pagani Zonda Tricolore 670 hp (500 kW; 679 PS)[9]
2009 Pagani Zonda R 6.0 L 740 hp (552 kW; 750 PS)[10]
2012 Pagani Zonda R Evolution 800 hp (597 kW; 811 PS)[11]
2013 Pagani Zonda Revolución

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ AMG Gmbh Mercedes-Benz S73 T Kombi: 7.3L V12 Battleship Archived 2011-04-17 at the Wayback Machine,” VelocityResource.com January 26, 2011. (Retrieved 2011-02-02.)
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