Mercedes Benz has officially revealed its offering for the upcoming LA and Tokyo Motor Shows. The German carmaker is bringing the performance-oriented version of its flagship, the new S65 AMG.
The most powerful car in the Merc sedan lineup is propelled by an AMG-treated 6.0-litre Biturbo V12 engine that delivers a mind-boggling 630PS of power and 1000Nm of peak torque. This engine comes mated to a 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS transmission. With an electronically limited top-speed of 250kmph, the car sprints from 0-100kmph in 4.3 seconds. Efficiency and emission numbers are rated at 8.4kmpl and 279g/km respectively. A start/stop system, reduced-friction bearings and transmission oil heat management work to improve efficiency. The sibling, S63 AMG, had the optional 4MATIC all-wheel-drive, but this has not yet been confirmed for the S65. This may be one of the reasons why the S63 was faster to 100kmph at four seconds than the S65.
The S65 AMG has a light lithium-ion battery, alternator management, aluminium crankcase, forged crankshaft, carbonfibre engine cover and multispark ignition. The AMG transmission also offers three modes, efficiency, sport and manual. There is also Merc’s ‘Magic Body Control’, that tweaks the suspension of the car depending on the road ahead. The overall suspension setup is custom AMG. Braking duties are handled by mammoth yet lightweight ceramic brakes that are 420mm in diameter.
On the cosmetic front, the S65 gets the multi-slat grille and splitters, quad exhausts, side air intakes, larger front air intakes, V12 badging, Nappa leather, AMG sports seats, bi-spoke AMG steering wheel, steel door panels and new dials in the TFT display. Two new features that make their debut in the S65 are head-up display and a touchpad. The head-up display measures 21cm wide and will show data such as navigation instructions, vehicle speed, and adaptive cruise control. The touchpad will be near the armrest between the driver and passenger and will control the infotainment system. It will recognize words and numbers and also respond to one and two finger gestures, swipes, widening and narrowing finger movements.
Other optional features include AMG sport pedals, a Burmester system with 24 speakers, massage function for the seats, panoramic sunroof and a 360-degree surround view camera, chauffeur pack and ‘full-pile’ floormats. The S65 AMG is available only as a long wheelbase model.
The car will be showcased simultaneously at both LA and Tokyo. Prices still haven’t been confirmed but expect deliveries in the US markets to start by mid-2014. The S65 will be seeing the Bentley Flying Spur and the Rolls Royce Ghost as competitors.