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Mercedes add the S 65 AMG to the new range

Mercedes S 65 AMG


The latest in Mercedes-Benz S series, the S 65 AMG, will go on sale in the UK in 2014. First the new saloon model will debut at both the LA Motor Show and the Tokyo Motor Show from November 20th to December 1st. The AMG is the only high-performance 12 cylinder car from a German premium manufacturer and is the third generation of range-topping rapid saloons. The 1st generation model (V 220) launched in 2003 with the second generation (V 221) in production from 2006 until earlier this year.


The S 65 AMG specs

The engine is a 5980cc that develops 630bhp at 4800-5400rpm and 738lb ft (1000 Newton metres) of torque at 2300-4300rpm. It's claimed economy is 23.7mpg Combined, with CO2 emissions of 279g/km and meets the EU 6 exhaust emissions requirements due in 2015.

Acceleration from 0-62mph is achieved in 4.3sec and the top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. The 12-cylinder engine is assembled by hand at AMG's engine production facility in compliance with the most rigorous quality standards according to the philosophy, "one man, one engine".

Like the similarly powered SL, the S 65 has a seven-speed 7G-Tronic automatic transmission with three modes: Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M). The S 65 AMG is equipped as standard with Dynamic Cornering Assist which brakes the inside rear wheel to ensure greater agility and negate understeer when cornering at high speed. The electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering offers a variable steering ratio. In "Comfort" suspension mode it provides greater assistance, while "Sport" mode gives a stiffer feel.

Forged light-alloy wheels reduce weight while increasing strength. The standard, high-gloss polished 20in wheels wear 255/40 tyres at the front and 285/35 rubber at the back. Three other designs of forged wheel are also available. Ceramic composite brakes are optional.

Aerodynamic and cosmetic tweaks include a front splitter with a chrome lip and a high-gloss black rear diffuser insert, which is flanked by a pair of chromed exhaust outlets at each side. The chrome additions are a delete option for those who value a touch more discretion.

Inside, the defining features are sports seats finished in nappa leather featuring a diamond-pattern design. There are two individual seats in the rear, with AMG logos dotted throughout. The two-spoke sports steering wheel is also covered with nappa leather, with perforated leather in the grip area. Aluminium shift paddles allow manual gear selection.

Two innovations make their debut in the S 65 AMG; the head-up display and the touchpad. The head-up display projects important information such as vehicle speed, speed limits, navigation information, traffic signs and information from Distronic Plus on to the windscreen. The new touchpad controller is said to be significantly easier to operate.

Comments on the new S 65 AMG.

The chairman of the board of management for Mercedes-AMG commented that, “Supreme exclusivity and incomparable dynamism provide the guarantee of a high fascination potential. With the third generation of the S 65 AMG, we offer our loyal and discerning V12 customers a unique high-performance automobile.”

UK pricing and specification are still to be confirmed however, the car will go on sale in 2014. The pricing for the S 65 AMG model will be approximately £145000 which is higher than the £120000 price tag on then older S 63 AMG.

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