S65 AMG Luxury Sedan Details:
- 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine makes 621 horsepower, 738 lb.-ft. of torque
- Magic Body Control AMG suspension detects and adapts to road conditions
- New color head-up display projects important information onto windshield
- New touchpad operates all of car's infotainment systems
Two turbos, 12 cylinders and 621 horsepower - simply just reading the powertrain details about the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, dropping this week at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, is like a welcome punch to the gut (if there is such a thing). But as one might expect, this third generation of the high-performance luxury sedan is more than a hulking bruiser, flossing innovations like a heads-up display, touchpad and the world's first suspension with 'eyes.'
Make no mistake, this is high performance; the AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine under hood is a good place to begin making that point, producing in the ballpark of 738 lb.-ft. of torque with a stout forged steel crankshaft in an aluminum cylinder block. Power is further optimized via multi-spark ignition system and air-to-water intercooler setup.
Energy is sent through the S65's AMG SpeedShift Plus 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission, a further evolution of the five-speed SpeedShift gearbox upgraded with reduced-friction bearings and a fluid cooler. An AMG sports suspension with 'Magic Body Control' - a subsystem that uses 'Road Surface Scan' to detect conditions with the help of a stereo camera and adapt the suspension in advance - aids in chassis planted-ness, while mass is kept in check with a lightweight lithium-ion battery and AMG forged light-alloy rims, 8.5 x 20 inches in front and 9.5 x 20 at the rear.
Performance and exclusive design dovetail around the outside of the S65 AMG with elements like three large air intakes in the front apron, three-dimensional front splitter and rear diffuser. All these features work to peg the car's 0-to-60mph sprint at 4.2 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. The engine comes finished with an exclusive AMG badged carbon fiber engine cover, and an AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system is available as an option (you know, just in case).
Two new innovations make their debut in the S65 AMG: the head-up display and the touchpad. An 8 x 3-inch, virtual-color head-up display projects important information such as vehicle speed navigation information and information from the Distronic Plus cruise control system onto the windshield. The 2.6 x 1.8-inch touchpad integrated into the center handrest can operate radio, telephone and navigation systems through one- and two-finger gestures, swipe gestures and zoom gestures.
The cabin is also marked by appointments like exclusive nappa leather, found on the headliner and AMG sport seats and steering wheel, among other areas, and animated TFT color display AMG instrument cluster. Additional standard equipment includes bits like brushed stainless steel AMG sports pedals, Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system with 24 speakers, ambient lighting, four-zone climate control, panoramic sliding sunroof, tire pressure monitoring system, Surround View camera package, and much more. A number of options are also available.
The Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG sedan will celebrate its double world premiere simultaneously at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20, 2013, and at the Tokyo Motor Show on December 1. The vehicle will go on-sale in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2014. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.