Two things leapt out at me from the Mercedes-Benz pre-Paris motor show party and neither of them had anything to do with the mildly tweaked B-class on show there.
First is Mercedes’s assertion that its new twin-turbo V8 is actually more economical than a rival’s twin-turbo six-cylinder motor, and you don’t need to look any further down the road than to BMW in Munich to know which one is being talked about.
In that instant everything I thought about downsizing to smaller engines with fewer cylinders went up in smoke. Both engines are new and twin turbocharged, but one has 4-litres and eight cylinders, the other 3-litres and six cylinders.
To all the doomsayers who claim the days of large capacity, multi-cylinder engines are over, Mercedes for one appears not to have heard.