BMW just announced they will stop producing V-12 ICE. The swan song model offers this as quoted from Road & Track magazine:
“In 2022, the engine rests at a commanding 6.6 liters, assisted by two turbochargers, making a total of 601 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed ZF automatic sends power to all four wheels, resulting in a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds.”
So one of the Aptera AWD models is said to hit 0-60 in 3.5 seconds if any of you care about an interesting comparison. Better performance with WAY less energy required.
The Union Pacific Big Boy was more powerful than any diesel running today but it was much more expensive and complicated to run than the diesels that replaced it. The Cutty Sark could do 17.5 knots, steam ships didn’t reach that speed for a few more years. But steam ships weren’t reliant on the wind so they replaced the China Clippers.
The ICE is at the same point as those vehicles, they can still match the performance of mainstream electrics but at tremendous cost and complexity. The performance of that BMW V12 falls midway between a Model 3 AWD with Performance Boost (3.9 sec) and the Model 3 Performance (3.1 secs) and about the same as the Aptera AWD. But to do it they need a massive V8, twin turbo chargers and an eight speed transmission, that’s a lot of stuff to go wrong. That BMW will be able to pass a lot of cars but it wont’ be able to pass a gas station.