Most powerful S-Class Merc is not its quickest

ANDREW MACLEAN
Last updated 11:01 15/07/2014

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Mercedes-Benz has revealed details of the range-topping version of its new S-Class coupe, the V12-powered S65 AMG.

The flagship variant of the luxurious new two-door will be the most powerful S-Class model, but it won't be the quickest.

Powered by a stonking 463kW version of the company's twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 that generates 1000Nm of torque, Mercedes-Benz claims the S65 AMG can sprint from 0-100 kmh in 4.1seconds.

With the S65 AMG Coupe only available in rear-wheel drive configuration, that makes it marginally slower than its V8-powered sibling, the S63 AMG Coupe, which can clock triple figures in 3.9 seconds when fitted with the 4Matic all-wheel drive transmission that is exclusively reserved for left-hand drive models.

Apart from the V12 under its nose, the S65 AMG Coupe uses all the same high-tech hardware as the S63, including its seven-speed automatic and adaptive air suspension with its unique curve function that reads the road ahead and tilts the car into bends.

The S65 AMG Coupe release contained no pricing information, but with the V8 S63's recommended retail price in New Zealand being $197,500, it's safe to assume the big brother V12 version will be comfortably above the NZ$200,000 mark.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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