The 27-Liter Merlin V12 Beast

Once upon a time, this long-snouted behemoth was in the books at the most powerful road car in the world. With a 27-liter Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 lurking between its fenders, the “Beast” had about 950 hp at its command. That engine is the sort of thing you’d find in a WWII Spitfire fighter plane. Sure, the whole car weighs about 5000 lbs, and those 950 horses are reigned in through a GM three-speed slushbox, but who cares? The Beast the sort of thing we love because it’s a ludicrous cartoon, right? Well, Evo Magazine recently got an closer look at the Beast, and now I’m not so sure. They say to never meet your heroes, but maybe I should have gone a step further and just kept my fantasy evoked by the on-paper specs.

When you imagine a Merlin V12, the first thing you imagine is the glorious sound of a Spitfire. Sadly, for whatever reason, Evo’s video of the Beast just doesn’t have the sort of auditory overload you might expect. Instead of a twelve-cylinder symphony, all that seems to be heard is an assortment of knocks, squeals, and rattles. That by itself might be enough to kill the fantasy, but then you read about the ridiculously heavy controls, and you see the total lack of hoonage anywhere in the video. Jump over to Evo to check out the video of the Beast for yourself. I’m left somewhat broken and disappointed by it, but maybe that’s just me. [Source: Evo Magazine]

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