How do we know the industry’s horsepower race is out of control? Because even BMW engineers are complaining. AMG, Mercedes-Benz’s in-house performance division, recently introduced the SL 65 AMG, a 612-hp supercar. Some high-level engineers at archrival BMW – arguably the world’s premier automotive engine producer – are starting to privately grumble that enough is enough. The astonishing horsepower and acceleration of cars such as the SL 65 (0-62 mph [100 km/h] in 4.2 seconds) may be ...

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