The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG was recently made official and has now made its public appearance at the Tokyo Motor Show. The S 65 AMG is the top of the range V12 S-Class model and it features just as much technical innovation as the rest of the range. The S63 is now in it its third generation and stronger than ever before!
At the heart of the package is Affalterbach’s hand assembled 6.0 litre V12 powerplant with its carbon-fibre cover. It features a twin-turbocharging, an aluminium crankcase, a forged crankshaft, a multi-spark ignition and a stop-start feature. For this latest generation, it produces 630 hp and 1,000 newton metres of torque.
The power is transferred to the tarmac via an AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic gearbox rather than the 5-speed version that featured in the outgoing model. It gets three individual driving programs, which can be selected at the press of a button in the centre console; Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M). M and S modes offer optimised performance while C mode features optimal efficiency.
0 to 100 km/h takes just 4.3 seconds with an electronically limited 250 km/h. Fuel economy is greatly improved with 11.9 litres per 100 kilometres now possible. Mercedes-Benz also announced that the S 65 AMG is now compliant with the EU 6 exhaust emissions standard, a standard that does not officially come into force until 2015.
AMG sports suspension based on Magic Body Control comes as standard with Road Surface Scan, the world’s first suspension with eyes. We have experienced this before on both the S 500 and S 63 AMG models. The Road Surface Scan uses radar to scan the road surface, detecting bumps, potholes, surface changes and general road surface imperfections. This information is fed back to the Magic Body Control unit which then adapts the suspension to smooth and optimise the ride. For the S 65 AMG, this is further refined to provide the best blend of comfort and dynamics.