The BMW 6.7 liter V16 motor that never was
What you see here is a modified BMW M70 V12. That V12 was developed in 1988 and put out 295 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. To take on the best Mercedes was able to throw at them, 6 months after the M70 was on the market BMW decided to blow them away and developed a V16. The V16 was a full foot longer than the V12 coming in with a weight penalty of about 130 pounds. It offered gains of 100 hp on top of the V12 as well as upping the torque to 461 lb-ft.
Impressive? Well, for back in the 80's, sure. However, BMW's N73 6.0 liter V12 from 2003 puts out 445 horsepower and 442 foot-pounds of torque. Sure, a much newer motor, but just goes to show that the V16 was probably overkill and did not make production sense. The N73 is outdated today as well with the current production N74 6.0 liter twin turbo V12 putting out 544 horsepower and and 553 pound-feet of torque which the naturally aspirated V16 would never match, certainly not offering the same efficiency and cost. Still, it is a lot of fun to think about what could have been a "767" with the V16 and we thank Jalopnik
for bringing it to our attention.