Tanks aren’t fast. Or at least they weren’t in the 1940’s. But they sure are cool. I mean who doesn’t love something that can run over almost anything, blow stuff all to hell, and scare almost anyone in almost any other vehicle? Yeah, we know, you want one. We do too. But even more than that, we want something to put this Panzer engine into. This air cooled V12 sounds way more bitchin than we bet it sounded like in the tank, as we assume they had mufflers on them to try and keep them at least a little bit quiet. But with straight exhaust this might be one of the sweetest sound V12 engines we’ve heard. It might have something to do with its displacement, as these are not little cylinders.
This one is a Continental AV1790 I believe, and depending on which variation it is makes anywhere from 643 to 704 horsepower and 1250-1575 lb ft of torque. It’s air cooled, has a 5.75 inch bore and a 5.75 inch stroke, and is a 90 degree V12. And the bad news is that the lightest version of this engine weighs 2300 lbs. Ouch. No wonder it can only fit in giant vehicles like Jay Leno’s Blastolene Special.
We still dig it. Watch the video, you will too.