V12-powered super sedan packs 630 hp; rockets from 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds.
Ahead of its simultaneous debuts in LA and Tokyo next week, Mercedes has revealed the crowning glory of its S-Class line-up – the all-new V12-powered S-Class S65 AMG. As we already knew, the 2014 S65 will come powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 with 621 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic, with the five-speed unit finally being resigned to the parts bin. 0-62 mph comes in at 4.3 seconds, which although rapid, is slower than the less heavy, less powerful AWD S63 AMG.
Top speed is electronically-limited to 155 mph but the speedometer tops out at 220 mph, so removing the limiter should enable Autobahn frequenters to realize the beastly sedan’s true potential. There’s no word on the car’s weight, but Mercedes claims the model features weight-saving tech such as a part carbon-fiber hood, lithium-ion battery, 20-inch lightweight alloys, and optional carbon-ceramic brakes. Unique styling touches on the S65 include a new front grille and splitter, new bumpers, revised side air intakes, larger front air intakes, a pair of twin exhaust tailpipes and new badging.
Inside, special AMG gear consists of sports seats, a bespoke steering wheel, a new head-up display and touchpad, diamond-quilted nappa leather upholstery and an IWC Schaffhausen clock housed in the dash. Standard features on the new S65 include an AMG-tuned variant of the S-Class’ Magic Body Control suspension system and Road Surface Scan that analyses the road ahead and automatically adjusts the suspension according to upcoming road conditions. Price of the 2014 Mercedes S65 AMG has yet to be announced, but deliveries are expected to begin in the US mid-way through next year.