The Sovereign of the S-Class: Mercedes Benz S65 AMG Coupe

by Editor | July 15, 2014 2:11 am

BBC – Clearly, conquering the puny humans of the world in Brazil was just the start. Now Germany wants to crush the puny human cars, too. Possibly with this: the new V12-powered Mercedes Benz S65 AMG Coupe.

We’re not sure it’s just a coincidence this car appears the day after Germany lifted the World Cup. But whatever: Be afraid. It now takes its rightful place at the top of the S-Class Coupe tree, featuring as it does a monster 6-litre twin turbo V12 engine powering the rear wheels.

And that engine is quite something, too. It’s the most powerful to be fitted to an S-Class Coupe, with 630 horsepower and a whopping 737 pound-feet of torque (a nice, round 1000 Newton-metres). Notable features include an aluminium crankcase, a forged crankshaft in high-grade alloy steel, a carbon fibre engine cover and even that little engine plate bearing the name of the artisan who built it.

There is a seven-speed AMG automatic gearbox somewhere between engine and furious tire-squealing, too, with three modes (efficiency, sport and manual). All in, the forces at work conspire to propel this S65 from 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds (0.2sec quicker than the S65 saloon but slower than the 577hp S63 Coupe), and a limited top speed of 155mph.

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