Mercedes-Benz has a new flagship for its S-Class Coupé series, in terms of performance, style and price.
The new-generation S 65 AMG Coupé is powered by AMG's 6.0-litre V-12 biturbo engine, which boasts rated outputs of 630 horsepower and 738 lb-ft (1000 newton-metres!) of torque.
As the successor to the CL 65 AMG, which was offered from 2007 to 2014, the new S 65 AMG Coupé is the fourth high-performance AMG model currently offering a V-12 engine, joining the S 65 AMG, the SL 65 AMG and the G 65 AMG.
The AMG Coupé sports suspension is based on Mercedes' Magic Body Control, combined with Active Body Control (ABC), Road Surface Scan and a curve tilting function.
The latter allows the car to lean into bends in a manner similar to a motorcyclist or skier.
Mercedes says the object is not to achieve higher cornering speeds but to provide a more pleasant driving experience. The curve tilting function can be selected at speeds from 15 to 180 km/h.
Road Surface Scan detects road surface undulations with the use of a stereo camera and Magic Body Control adjusts the suspension to suit the situation, effectively compensating in advance for normal bump response.
Stylistically, the S 65 AMG Coupé features its own discrete chrome trim and unique, 20-inch, multi-spoke forged wheels said to represent a contemporary interpretation of classic sports car rims.
The standard forged wheels feature an integrated, screw-on aluminum wheel bolt cover reminiscent of a centre-lock racing wheel. Three other forged wheels are available as optional alternatives, including one with a matte black finish.
"From driving dynamics to comfort and equipment – our new twelve-cylinder coupé surpasses even the highest of expectations," says Tobias Moers, chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
As it should, considering its price of €244,009.50 ($356,369 (CDN)) in Germany. Prices for other markets have not been released.