what’s fast, uber luxurious, and still family and friends-friendly? for today, we are going to go with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG even if it is not blindingly fast as a supercar, cos’ it is after all a four-seater with all the luxe appointment you can expect from the German pointed star marque. its AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine is rated at 630 hp (463 kW) with a mind-bending peak torque of 1,000 Nm (738 lb-ft), delivered to the rear wheels via an AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC. put the pedal to the metal and this luxe beast readily rockets from naught to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.3 seconds and on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). raw power aside, it promised to be light on the environment as much as a gasoline motor can achieve; it sips 11.9L per 100 km (NEDC, combined; about 19.8 mpg) and puff out 279 g/km of CO2 emissions in compliance to the strict EU 6 exhaust emissions standard.
the list of what goes in and out of this third-generation S 65 AMG is not surprisingly massive, which includes aluminum crankcase, forged crankshaft, multi-spark ignition (12 twin-spark ignition units, if anyone’s counting), ECO start/stop function, carbon fiber/aluminum engine cover with the mandatory AMG engine badge, three driving modes (Controlled Efficiency, Sport and Manual), a single high-performance lithium-ion battery, ESP Dynamic Cornering Assist, plus a slew of AMG equipment such as sports suspension, speed-sensitive sports steering, 20-inch light alloy wheels, high performance composite braking system and more. the cabin is the clever mix of sporty and luxury elements including nappa leather, diamond-pattern design for seat upholstery, contrasting topstitching, AMG sports seats, AMG sports steering wheel – just to name a few. naturally, it will be offered with a host of optional extras to suit your needs and wants.
the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG will be marking a double world premier at the Los Angeles International Auto Show and at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, with market launch expected to start in March 2014. and the price? a cool €232,050 in Germany, which is about US$312,000.