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Mercedes S65 AMG Making an Explosive Entrance

By raccars Published

Mercedes has really excelled itself this time, pushing its already legendary S-Class to even greater heights of performance. The 576bhp S63 AMG was quite an achievement, but is about to be displaced by the even more aggressive new S65 AMG, with 621bhp from a twin turbocharged 6.0 litre V12.

The new flagship car, set for a simultaneous debut at this month's LA and Tokyo Motor Shows, should propel the lucky driver from 0-62mph within 4.3 seconds and on to an electronically limited 155mph top speed. The price of this leviathan will start at about £160,000 when it goes on sale in the UK next spring.

From the outside, the new Mercedes S65 AMG can be distinguished by an updated 12 section front grille (to echo the engine's 12 cylinders), prominent chrome mesh front air intakes, updated bumpers and AMG badging. The cabin has also received the AMG treatment, with a unique steering wheel, leather sports seats with massage feature, keyless start and a Burmester sound system.

However, it's what's going on under the skin that's really interesting. While the powertrain is a lot more aggressive than the S63 AMG, in terms of straight line speed, there's not that much to choose between the two models. But where the S65 does take the advantage is in torque. That beast of an engine is assisted by the AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic seven speed automatic transmission. Drivers can choose from three driving modes, among which are Sport and Manual.

Standard features include S-Class Magic Body Control suspension, specially tuned by AMG, which reads the oncoming road and automatically activates the optimum suspension set up accordingly. ESP Dynamic Cornering Assist to rectify understeer is also included as standard.

While the S65 AMG does comply with EU6 2015 emissions legislation, it's unfashionably uneconomical, with statistics including 23.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 279g/km. For V12 however, this is impressive – and let's be honest, nobody is buying this car for its green credentials.

While it's a substantial car, Mercedes has carefully applied weight saving measures to the S65 AMG, with a partially carbon fibre bonnet, a light weight lithium ion battery and light 20 inch alloys. The car comes with the option of carbon ceramic brakes.

Other S65 AMG innovations include a touchpad and head up display in the cabin. The first replicates smartphone swipe and zoom control gestures, while the 21cm head up display conveys important driving information including speed and gear selection.

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