2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Revealed

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

The folks at Mercedes-Benz introduced their brand-new S-Class flagship sedan earlier this year, which only means one thing: high-performance versions can’t be far behind.

The 2015 S65 AMG is powered by a fire-breathing 6.0-liter V12. With a duet of turbochargers force-feeding it atmosphere this thing pumps out 621 horsepower with – get this – 738 lb-ft of torque! According to Mercedes it’s the most powerful vehicle in its segment.

This engine is matched to the company’s familiar seven-speed automatic transmission. Together this pair can propel the big-boned S-Class from zero to 60 miles an hour in just 4.2 seconds. Dumping a big ol’ bucket of ice water on all that fun, the car’s top speed is electronically limited to 155 miles an hour.

In case 12 cylinders weren’t impressive enough the S65’s engine is dressed in an exclusive carbon fiber cover. Like other AMG powerplants this one is hand assembled by one person.

Further boosting performance the car features a lithium-ion battery, but not the kind of advanced pack you might expect. The S65 is not a hybrid or an EV, in fact it’s about far from these earth-hugging options as you can get.

Instead of standard lead-acid batteries, which are bulky and heavy, the new S65 features a 78 Ah lithium-ion pack, which saves more than 44 pounds compared to a conventional battery. As an added bonus this setup is unaffected by cold temperatures.

But a fancy battery isn’t the limit of this car’s technology. It’s got a veritable smörgåsbord of other cutting-edge features, like a special sports suspension augmented by Magic Body Control. The S-Class is the first car in the world that can scan the road ahead and react to surface imperfections in advance. This helps deliver the best ride possible without compromising the car’s handling characteristics.

Bringing everything to a safe and secure stop is an optional ceramic high-performance composite braking system. It’s more than 20 percent lighter and has 16.5-inch front rotors to erase unwanted speed with ease, time and time again.

But a vehicle’s chassis can only go so far; the buck stops at the wheels and tires. Rubber is the only part of a vehicle that ever touches the road, well, the only part that should ever touch the road. The S65 is offered exclusively with lightweight forged alloy rims. Supposedly these 20-inchers feature a design that was inspired by spoked wheels from the 1930s.

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In addition to all of this stuff the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 is loaded with all kinds of other high end features you’d expect in a flagship performance sedan. It will formally be unveiled on November 20 at the Los Angeles Auto Show; it will also take a bow at the Tokyo Motor Show on December 1. Look for this car to go on sale in the second quarter of 2014.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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