That V-12 is the familiar twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter lump found in the S65 AMG sedan and SL65 AMG convertible, and its peak output is pegged at 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. This is enough for 0-60 mph acceleration in an estimated 4.0 seconds, and achieving a governed 186 mph top speed should be no sweat for the big bruiser.
Drive goes to the rear wheels only (Mercedes hasn’t mentioned if 4MATIC all-wheel drive will be available), via a seven-speed automatic transmission. Drivers can choose between Controlled Efficiency, Sport and Manual settings for the gearbox. An engine stop-start system is also included and is activated in the Controlled Efficiency mode.
There’s also a host of technology to ensure the car rides and handles well, also. These include the impressive MAGIC BODY CONTROL system, which helps to improve the ride by scanning the road ahead and adjusting the car’s sport suspension to minimize the impact of any undulations. Then there’s the new curve tilting function that allows for a flat sensation when cornering.
Forged wheels sit at each corner and measure 20 inches across. They wear 255/40 size rubber up front and 285/35 in the rear. AMG is keen to point out that the wheels are ceramically polished to give a high-sheen finish. 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. Additional styles are available. Stopping power comes from steel discs as standard but AMG offers customers carbon ceramic units.
Inside the car, the lavishness of the 2015 S-Class Coupe—on which this AMG thoroughbred is based—remains unspoiled. Sport seats are fitted up front and designo Nappa leather exclusive to AMG is used throughout the cabin—even on the roof. There is also a sport steering wheel with a three-spoke design and an AMG version of the 12.2-inch digital instrument cluster fitted to all S-Class variants. 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.
Other goodies include a head-up display, touchpad controller, DISTRONIC PLUS cruise control with the Steering Assist autonomous driving feature, a 360-degree view camera system, parking assist, and a Burmester premium sound system.
While its German rivals don’t have a direct answer for the new S65 AMG Coupe, the Brits have a few alternatives. Close rivals include the Aston Martin Vanquish, Bentley Continental GT Speed and Rolls-Royce Wraith.
Order books for the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe open in the coming weeks and the first cars should be delivered by the end of the year.