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Mercedes-Benz reveals new top-of-the line S-Class Coupé

New S 65 AMG Coupé leads the way in terms of performance, style and price

Published: July 15, 2014, 3:45 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:34 PM

Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG Coupé

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.

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Combined with a three-mode AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-tronic automatic transmission, the company says it will push the big coupe from 0-to-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and top out at an electronically controlled 250 km/h – all with ease and comfort.

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.

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Covered by its own exclusive carbon fibre/aluminium engine cover, each AMG V-12 displays an engine plate bearing the signature of the technician who built it.

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.

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The resulting lateral acceleration acting on the occupants is similar to driving in a banked curve.

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.

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Inside, in addition to Nappa leather and exclusive AMG sport seats, the Coupé features a comprehensive head-up display and a touchpad to operate all the car's infotainment functions.

"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.