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The New Mercedes S 65 AMG Has 630bhp

The latest Mercedes-Benz performance saloon’s twin-turbo V12 provides 0-62mph acceleration in 4.3sec

Shiny wheels and massive air vents distinguish the mighty S 65 AMG from lesser S-Class models. The V12 BITURBO badge is a bit of a giveaway, too.

A twin-turbocharged, 6.0-litre V12 developing 630bhp is at the heart of the new Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG, which goes on sale in the UK next year after making its global debut this month at the Los Angeles and Tokyo motor shows.

Mercedes claims modestly that the S 65 AMG sets new standards as the most powerful vehicle in its segment of the market. Although the mighty engine is its defining character, like other versions of the new S-Class, the S 65 AMG features a raft of technology such as sports suspension based on Mercedes’ Magic Body Control system in which the Road Surface Scan functions detects undulations that might upset the car and MBC adjusts the suspension in advance to suit.

The latest S 65 AMG is the only high-performance 12-cylinder car from a German premium manufacturer and it is the third generation of range-topping rapid saloons. The first generation (model designation V 220) was launched in 2003, with V 221 in production from 2006 until earlier this year.

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG, said: Supreme exclusivity and incomparable dynamism provide the guarantee of a high fascination potential. With the third generation of the S 65 AMG, we offer our loyal and discerning V12 customers a unique high-performance automobile.

The 5,980cc engine develops 630bhp at 4,800-5,400rpm and 738lb ft (1,000 Newton metres) of torque at 2,300-4,300rpm.

Its claimed economy is 23.7mpg Combined, with CO2 emissions of 279g/km. It meets EU 6 exhaust emissions requirements due in 2015.

Acceleration from 0-62mph is accomplished in 4.3sec and the top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.

The 12-cylinder engine is assembled by hand at AMG’s engine production facility in compliance with the most rigorous quality standards; according to the philosophy one man, one engine.

Like the similarly powered SL, the S 65 has a seven-speed 7G-Tronic automatic transmission with three modes: Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M).

The S 65 AMG is equipped as standard with Dynamic Cornering Assist, which brakes the inside rear wheel to ensure greater agility and negate understeer when cornering at high speed.

The electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering offers a variable steering ratio. In Comfort suspension mode it provides greater assistance, while Sport mode gives a stiffer feel.

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Forged light-alloy wheels reduce weight while increasing strength. The standard, high-gloss polished 20in wheels wear 255/40 tyres at the front and 285/35 rubber at the back. Three other designs of forged wheel are also available.

Ceramic composite brakes are optional.

Aerodynamic and cosmetic tweaks include a front splitter with a chrome lip and a high-gloss black rear diffuser insert, which is flanked by a pair of chromed exhaust outlets at each side. The chrome additions are a delete option for those who value a touch more discretion.

Inside, the defining features are sports seats finished in nappa leather featuring a diamond-pattern design. There are two individual seats in the rear, with AMG logos dotted throughout.

The two-spoke sports steering wheel is also covered with nappa leather, with perforated leather in the grip area. Aluminium shift paddles allow manual gear selection.

Two innovations make their debut in the S 65 AMG: the head-up display and the touchpad. The head-up display projects important information such as vehicle speed, speed limits, navigation information, traffic signs and information from Distronic Plus on to the windscreen. The new touchpad controller is said to be significantly easier to operate.

UK pricing and specification are still to be confirmed, although the car will go on sale in 2014.

It has a simultaneous world premiere at the Los Angeles International Auto Show and at the Tokyo motor show, both of which run from 20 November to

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