The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is known as one of the world’s most impressive luxury four-door sedans. It’s been like that ever since it was launched in 1954, but for short periods of time, the S-Class was also offered as a two-door coupe. It first happened in 1961 and lasted for just 10 years. It returned in the 1980s as the SEC Coupe, but it disappeared again when the Germans decided to introduce the CL-Class range in 1998. Sixteen years later, the coupe body returned as part of the sixth-generation S-Class (W222), and, along with it, the Stuttgart crew launched the S63 AMG Coupe , the most powerful two-door, full-size car in Mercedes’ history.
While the S-Class Coupe hardly found any competition from its traditional BMW and Audi rivals, who have yet to develop coupes based on the 7 Series and A8 , respectively, the S65 AMG Coupe propels the Mercedes-Benz brand straight into Bentley and Rolls-Royce territory. The Merc has the power, the luxury and all the other credentials to compete with the big boys, but will it stand a chance against the best vehicles the British have to offer? Check out our review to find out more.
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Up front, the main novelty include the chrome trim surrounding everything from the twin-blade radiator grille to the air intakes in the bumper and splitter.
Design-wise, the S65 AMG Coupe is a mix between the S-Class Coupe and the S65 AMG Sedan . It blends the stylish and sleek lines of the standard coupe with the aggressive, AMG -crafted touches seen of the beefed-up sedan. Up front, the main novelty is the chrome trimming surrounding everything from the twin-blade radiator grille to the air intakes in the bumper and the splitter. The latter is also new compared to the standard coupe and features a three-dimensional design that helps increase downforce at the front axle.
From the side, the S65 AMG Coupe shines even more with chrome inserts in the side skirts, high-sheen, polished wheels and "V12 BITURBO" lettering on the front fenders. Around back, the twin-exhaust configuration is there to let us know there’s a V-12 engine at the other end, while the gloss-black rear diffuser is finished off with a chrome trim at the bottom. Really setting the coupe apart from the sedan from the rear are the coupe’s narrow taillights
As with most Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the S65 AMG can be customized in numerous ways by means of factory and bespoke exterior colors and additional forged wheel designs.
Two words can be used to describe the S65 AMG Coupe’s interior: luxury and sportiness. The cabin is packaged with the company’s finest materials, with acres of leather covering most surfaces. The AMG sports seats are wrapped with Designo Exclusive Nappa leather finished in a diamond-pattern with AMG badges displayed on the backrests. The huge center console, the lower area of the dashboard and the door panels all borrow the color of the upholstery, but customers can also customize the cabin in more than one way, with at least four colors available.
Besides the exclusive seats, the coupe also benefits from Nappa leather roof liner, leather-clad roof grab handles, chromed door pins and stainless-steel door sills illuminated in white.
Behind the steering wheel, customers will get to read the car's vital information and more on the familiar AMG instrument cluster.
There are several more details that make the S65 AMG Coupe stand out when compared to the sedan, and one of them is the AMG, three-spoke steering wheel. Also exclusive to the S65 AMG Coupe, the new steering wheel features a perforated leather grip area, an AMG badge at the bottom of the main spoke and a pair of shift paddles.
Behind the steering wheel, customers will get to read the car’s vital information and more on the familiar AMG instrument cluster. The 12.2-inch, high-resolution TFT unit displays two animated round dials for engine and vehicle speed, among others, while the speedometer and the rev counter come in a distinctive AMG look.
Also included as standard is a head-up display showing key information such as navigation directions, traffic signs, speed limits, and many more. The head-up display is joined by Mercedes ’ innovative touchpad that can be used to operate all of the infotainment functions, the radio, telephone, and the navigation system.
Being lighter than the sedan, the two-door is also faster on the 0-to-60 mph sprint, needing only four seconds to cover the distance.
Under the hood of the S63 AMG Coupe lies the same 6.0-liter, V-12 powerplant available in its sedan sibling. The heart transplant means output figures remain unchanged in the coupe, but that’s no cause for concern, as this biturbo unit cranks out no less than 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Responsible for sending all that power to the rear wheels is an AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission that comes with three individual driving modes. Controlled Efficiency returns better fuel economy with help from a start/stop function, while Sport and Manual emphasize the vehicle’s powerful and dynamic character.
Being lighter than the sedan, the two-door is also faster on the 0-to-60 mph sprint, needing only four seconds to cover the distance. By comparison, the sedan takes 4.2 seconds to accelerate from naught to 60 mph. The coupe’s top speed is electronically limited to 186 mph in the United States, and that’s a good reason for U.S. customers not to be disappointed. In Europe, for instance, the limiter stops the vehicle from going over 155 mph.
|Type||AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine|
|Output||621 HP @ 4800-5400 rpm|
|Max. torque||738 Lb-FT @ 2300-4300 rpm|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph||4.0 seconds|
|Top speed||186 mph|
The new design is more than 20 percent lighter than a conventional braking system and can be upgraded to the available ceramic compound system.
Just like the S65 AMG Sedan, the S65 AMG Coupe is fitted with the company’s Magic Body Control suspension. If you’re not familiar with the system, it combines three different functions — Active Body Control, Road Surface Scan, and curve tilting — and allows the S65 AMG Coupe to lean into bends for a "more pleasant motoring experience". Comfort is further enhanced by a speed-sensitive sports steering with variable ratio, which provides the coupe with better handling and agility through more steering assistance.
With 621 horsepower on tap, the S65 AMG needs equally powerful brakes. That why AMG spared no expense and fitted the coupe with its latest, high-performance, compound brake system. The new design is more than 20-percent lighter than a conventional braking system and can be upgraded to the available ceramic-compound system.
U.S. pricing for the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe is not available yet, but the two-door rocket is available from €244,009.50 in Germany, which equals about $332,195 as of 07/14/2014. Expect the figure to drop to around $250,000 when the coupe arrives Stateside later this year.
Revised for the 2015 model year, the Continental GT Speed is a little more powerful than the S65 AMG Coupe at 626 horsepower. However, the British coupe lags behind in terms of torque, with only 607 pound-feet coming out of the enormous, 6.0-liter, W-12 mill. Despite missing more than 100 pound-feet of twist when compared to the Merc, the GT Speed is equally impressive as far as performance figures go. This Bentley-badged monster needs just four seconds to reach 60 mph from a standing start and an additional five seconds to touch the 100-mph mark. When it comes to top speed, the British rig can go up to 206 mph, surpassing the S65 AMG Coupe’s 186-mph limit.
Design-wise, the Continental GT Speed is both muscular and elegant, although it misses all the glitter surrounding the brand-new S-Class. The traditional Bentley interior with acres of leather and wood inlays make the GT Speed a worthy rival to the S65 AMG Coupe. Pricing starts from $203,500 in the United States, theoretically making it cheaper than the Merc (based on Euro-to-USD exchange rates).
Gallery Bentley Continental GT Speed
Playing in the same league as the S65 AMG Coupe and the Continental GT Speed is the Rolls-Royce Wraith . Arguably the most commanding of the bunch, the Wraith is not just about impressive looks, but about neck-snapping amounts of power and torque too. At the heart of the Wraith lies a 6.6-liter, V-12 engine good for 624 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Just like the Speed GT, the Wraith matches the S65 AMG’s horsepower figure, but lacks in the torque department by having a deficit of more than 100 pound-feet. The V-12 engine and ZF 8-speed automatic combo are good for 4.4 seconds to 60 mph and a top speed of around 186 mph.
Naturally, the interior is where the Rolls-Royce Wraith really shines. The cabin is packed with the finest Phantom-grade leather, all sorts of special wood veneers, and a bevy of standard features in the technology department, including an "on-board valet" to send data to the navigation menu. The Wraith fetches more than $250,000 in the United States, more than what the S65 AMG Coupe will start from.
Gallery Rolls Royce Wraith
Aside from the very expensive price tag and Mercedes’ annoying habit to offer its models in an endless amount of dull colors (read various shades of grey, silver, dark blue and black), the S65 AMG Coupe is a vehicle you can’t really complain about. And just like the Rolls-Royce Wraith and the Bentley Continental GT Speed, is a case of "if you have to ask about the price, you can’t afford it." Speaking of which, the Mercedes is dangerously expensive when compared to the Wraith. I know both marques share an equally-impressive past and market share, but nothing compares to Rolls-Royce when it comes to interior amenities and individualization options.
- World-class power and torque
- Compelling design that blends sportiness and elegance
- Interior brimming with luxury and technology
- Very, very expensive
- Tough market
- Likely offered in many dull colors
- The Rolls-Royce Wraith is not that much more expensive
Gallery Mercedes S65 AMG Coupe
The S65 AMG Coupe is the new twelve-cylinder top-of-the- range model in the S-Class Coupe series. Unique drive comfort, benchmark performance and exquisite appointments are all hallmarks of this stuning new two-door. The irresistible contours of the V12 Coupe are accentuated by a host of expressive design elements in high-sheen chrome. The AMG 6.0- litre V12 biturbo engine, with an output of 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, is unique in its segment, as is the AMG sports suspension, based on MAGIC BODY CONTROL with curve tilting function and ROAD SURFACE SCAN.
Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: "There are AMG fans for whom our V12 biturbo engine is the measure of all things. For this clientele we have developed a unique car in the form of the new S65 AMG Coupe. From driving dynamics to comfort and equipment – our new twelve-cylinder coupe surpasses even the highest of expectations."
Mercedes-AMG’s unique range and long V12 tradition
Coupe, Sedan and Roadster: following the S65 AMG and the SL 65 AMG, the new S65 AMG Coupe is the third AMG high-performance car with a V12 engine to come to the United States market. Globally, no other car manufacturer in the world offers such a wide portfolio of twelve-cylinder vehicles as Mercedes-AMG. In 2003, the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz presented a coupe with a powerful V12 biturbo engine in the form of the CL65 AMG (C215 model series). Its successor, the CL65 AMG (C216 model series) was available between 2007 and 2014 and was the direct predecessor to the new S65 AMG Coupe.
Twelve-cylinder engines are still considered the pinnacle of engine design. Among connoisseurs the AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine in particular is seen as an outstanding example of its type. Open the hood of the S65 AMG Coupe, and it is immediately obvious why. The exclusive carbon fibre/aluminium engine cover is synonymous with the exceptional strengths of the V12 engine that is built in Affalterbach according to the "one man, one engine" principle. Apart from serving as an AMG hallmark confirming superlative precision and production quality, the AMG engine plate bearing the master engine builder’s signature is also a clear testament to the peerless DNA of Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance brand.
A sensational drive and effortlessly superior performance
The AMG V12 delivers a peak output of 621 hp and a maximum torque of 738 lb-ft – resulting in effortlessly superior performance. The S65 AMG Coupe accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph (electronically limited). In other respects, the AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine assures a sensational drive. Stylish drive comfort, tremendous pulling power and effortless power delivery in all speed ranges are coupled with refined engine running characteristics and the distinctive typical sound of the AMG V12.
Technical highlights of the AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine:
Forged crankshaft in high-grade alloy steel
Multi-spark ignition with 12 twin-spark ignition units
Air-to-water intercooler with low-temperature circuit
ECO start/stop function
Power transmission with three individual driving modes
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC is responsible for transmitting power to the rear axle. The transmission offers three individual modes: the driver can choose between Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M) by pushing a button on the center console. Sport and Manual emphasize the vehicle’s dynamic pedigree. The ultimate emotional appeal and tangible sportiness are ensured by the brief, precisely defined cutback of ignition and injection when shifting up a gear under full load. This shortens shift times and lends an audibly more emotive tone to gearshifts. The ECO start/stop function is activated in transmission mode "C".
Lithium-ion battery reduces weight by over 44 lbs
The S65 AMG Coupe features a lithium-Ion battery as standard equipment. This innovative technology offers numerous advantages over a conventional battery concept. With a capacity of 78 Ah, the lithium-ion battery replaces both the starter battery and the backup battery – resulting in a weight saving of over 44 lbs.
AMG sports suspension with curve tilting function
The AMG sports suspension based on MAGIC BODY CONTROL delivers an incomparable driving sensation. The standard combination of Active Body Control (ABC), ROAD SURFACE SCAN and curve tilting function is unique. This function allows the S65 AMG Coupe to lean into bends in a manner similar to a motorcyclist or skier. The lateral acceleration acting on the occupants is similar to driving on a banked curve. On country roads in particular, the curve tilting function heightens motoring enjoyment and comfort. The object is not to reach higher cornering speeds, but to produce an even more pleasant motoring experience. The curve tilting function can be selected as one of three drive modes using the ABC switch, and it is active in the speed range from 10 to 111 mph.
On bends the vehicle leans into the turn automatically and continuously in fractions of a second – depending on the curve radius and vehicle speed. The innovative suspension system detects curves using both a stereo camera behind the windscreen, registering the curvature of the road up to approximately 50 feet ahead, and an additional lateral acceleration sensor. The curve tilting function is making its United States debut in the S65 AMG Coupe.
ROAD SURFACE SCAN is a technology that can detect surface undulations in advance with the help of a stereo camera. MAGIC BODY CONTROL then adjusts the suspension in advance to suit the situation, effectively compensating for irritating chassis movement. Both suspension modes - "Comfort" and "Sport" - are also available here. In addition the AMG sports suspension, the S65 AMG Coupe features specific elastokinematics – the driver therefore benefits from more directness with a dynamic driving style.
Speed-sensitive sports steering with variable steering ratio
The electromechanical speed-sensitive sports steering with variable steering ratio perfectly complements the sophisticated suspension technology by optimizing vehicle handling and agility while maintaining driving safety at high speeds. In "Comfort" suspension mode, the speed-sensitive sports steering enhances comfort by providing more steering assistance. If the "Sport" suspension setting is selected, the driver feels a stiffer and more commanding level of steering assistance. The pre-programmed curves for power assistance enhance feedback from the road surface and steering precision.
Polished forged wheels with fully integrated wheel bolt cover
The S65 AMG Coupe features forged wheels in a multi-spoke design, size 8.5 x 20 at the front and 9.5 x 20 at the rear, with 255/40 R 20 and 285/35 R 20 tires. The exclusive forged wheels of the V12 Coupe fascinate with their exceptional design that represents a contemporary interpretation of the classic sports car rims. Each of the 16 spokes twists so that the light-catching contours radiate to the center of the wheel hub. The ultimate effect is that the wheel gives the impression of being even bigger.
The matchless visual superiority of the ceramically polished, high-sheen AMG forged wheels is the result of an elaborate finishing process. Initial polishing is followed by manual grinding of the light-alloy wheels. Two polishing stages using different polishing compounds ensure the desired deep sheen. Having been cleaned, the wheels then undergo final treatment, including final clear coat sealing.
The forged wheels feature a high-quality, screw-on, fully integrated wheel bolt cover in forged aluminium. Its shape is reminiscent of a center lock as seen in motorsport. The AMG lettering is incorporated into the rim as a design element. Additional forged wheels are available as optional alternatives – one design variant features a matte black finish and high-sheen rim flange.
Optional ceramic high-performance compound brake system
The AMG high-performance compound brake system features brake callipers with a grey finish. Red callipers are also available, and a ceramic high- performance compound brake system is optional. This design, which is more than 20 percent lighter than its conventional counterpart, ensures lower unsprung masses as well as enhanced driving dynamics, agility, ride comfort, and brake performance.
Design: irresistible contours, lavishly accentuated with chrome
Supreme sportiness combined with the sensual clarity typical of Mercedes-Benz – the irresistible contours of the S65 AMG Coupe are a captivating sight. V12- specific features include the countless design elements in high-sheen chrome at the front, sides and rear which are particularly effective in conjunction with dark paintwork. The large central Mercedes star on the front apron, the "twin blade" radiator grille, all of the air intake grilles, the trim strip on the "A-wing", the side flics (air deflector elements) and the front splitter are chromed-trimmed. The three-dimensional front splitter increases downforce at the front axle, while the gap above the front splitter ensures an effective flow of air to the separate engine oil cooler behind it.
At the side, the eye is drawn to the "V12 BITURBO" lettering on the wings and the high-sheen chrome inserts in the side skirts which harmonize perfectly with the high-sheen polished forged wheels. The rear view is also unmistakable. The AMG sports exhaust system’s two chromed twin tailpipes in V12 design are integrated into the rear apron. Above the distinctive diffuser insert, painted in high-gloss black, the trim element forms an effective contrast. It echoes the design of the "A-wings" on the front apron and is finished in high-sheen chrome.
Interior: equipment, quality and ambience of the highest standard
The extraordinary character is also evident on the inside. The S65 AMG Coupe welcomes its occupants with an incomparably exquisite ambience. This two- door features the finest materials, the highest manufacturing quality and an extensive range of standard equipment. In visual terms, the interior is dominated by the sports seats. The upholstery in designo AMG Exclusive Nappa leather with seat upholstery layout in a diamond-pattern design boasts delineated perforations which ensure beautiful harmony between perforations and stylistic stiching. The result is exceptionally neat seams and an unrivalled impression of quality.
Exclusively developed AMG sports seats ensure optimal long-distance comfort. Electric adjustment, memory function, seat heating and climate control are standard features. More contoured seat cushions and backrests improve lateral support when cornering at speed. High-quality AMG badges are prominently displayed on all four backrests, and the AMG crest is embossed on the front centre console.
Other features of the exclusive package include the Nappa leather roof liner, a leather-lined dashboard, door center panels in a diamond-pattern design, leather-clad roof grab handles, chromed door pins and AMG stainless steel door sill panels illuminated in white. Customers ordering designo AMG Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery are able to choose between black, porcelain/espresso brown, saddle brown/black and crystal grey/black.
New sports steering wheel in a three-spoke design
The new three-spoke sports steering wheel allows perfect vehicle control. It features shift paddles, a distinctly contoured rim trimmed with perforated leather in the grip area, and a metal insert featuring AMG lettering.
Another typical AMG speciality is the AMG instrument cluster. Information on the engine speed, vehicle speed and much more appears on two animated round dials on the 12.2 inch, high-resolution colour TFT display. The typography, the needles in red/silver, the speedometer with its 220 mph scale and the "V12 BITURBO" lettering in the rev counter all have a distinctive AMG look. When the driver’s door is opened, an AMG start-up screen appears on the right-hand display, while an animated S65 AMG Coupe appears in the instrument cluster.
Extensive standard equipment with head-up display and touchpad
The extensive range of standard equipment for the S65 AMG Coupe includes the head-up display and the touchpad. The head-up display projects key information such as the vehicle speed, speed limits, navigation directions, traffic signs and information from DISTRONIC PLUS onto the windscreen. The visualization of the engine speed and the current gear is exclusive to AMG. In manual transmission mode, a colored upshift bar and the possible gears for a manual gear change are also projected onto the windscreen. The virtual colour display, measuring 8 x 2.75 inch, appears to hover above the hood at a distance of around two meters from the driver. The innovative Mercedes-Benz touchpad makes it significantly easier to operate the radio, telephone and navigation system. In contrast to conventional systems, the touchpad can be used to operate all of the infotainment functions. The input area is approximately 2.5 x 1.7 inches in size and is integrated into the handrest with a cover for the keypad.
Intelligent Drive: new standards in safety
The S65 AMG Coupe also sets new standards in terms of active and passive safety. What began with PRE-SAFE® ten years ago and continued with DISTRONIC PLUS is now leading to a new dimension in driving. Comfort and safety have merged into one. Mercedes-Benz calls this Intelligent Drive. Ground-breaking systems make the new S-Class Coupe even more comfortable and safe.
Standard equipment for the S65 AMG Coupe includes (selection):
Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC
Burmester® high-end 3D surround sound system
Driving Assistance package Plus, including DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist, PRE-SAFE® Brake, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and PRE-SAFE® PLUS
Upholstery in AMG Exclusive nappa leather
Orders can be placed for the S65 AMG Coupe in the coming weeks, and the United States market launch at Mercedes-Benz sales outlets and authorized dealerships is planned for the end of 2014.