European launch for new Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG next week
The European release of the new S-Class AMG models will take place next
week, whilst the local launch will take place late this year. That's the S 63 AMG shown above and the S 65 AMG is
below. Our last story on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG is .....
24th June, 2009
The Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG, the powerful top-of-the-line
S-Class models, are now even more appealing: thanks to a series of subtle yet extremely effective fine-tuning
measures, the two performance saloons are even more striking and priceless than ever before. The updated technology is
aimed at ensuring a more dynamic driving experience as well as optimum active and passive safety.
Exclusivity and dynamism, effortless superiority and high tech – both of the top-of-the-line S-Class models from
Mercedes-AMG embody all of these characteristics. Since its market launch some three years ago, the S-Class made by
AMG has won the hearts of over 8,000 customers around the world – turning it into the undisputed market leader in the
small yet highly exclusive high-performance luxury saloon segment.
Volker Mornhinweg, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: "Our discerning clientele appreciate the synthesis of
uncompromising performance and dynamic, exclusive equipment, a unique proposition in this market segment. We have
raised the bar further in terms of driving dynamics, safety and passenger comfort with the extensively updated new
series of the S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG."
High-revving V8 engine and effortlessly superior biturbo V12 engine
The S 63 AMG, with its powerful, high-revving 386-kW AMG 6.3-litre V8 naturally aspirated engine developing 630
newton metres of torque, is capable of accelerating to a speed of 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. The S 65 AMG, meanwhile,
demonstrates even greater superiority: its AMG 6.0-litre biturbo V12 engine delivers maximum power of 450 kW and
maximum torque of 1,000 newton metres, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds. Both AMG saloons are
electronically limited to 250 km/h. Despite no changes having been made to the engine data and performance values, it
has still been possible to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 3 per cent.
Contributing to the even more exceptional status of the models is the new, more pronounced arrow-shaped radiator
grille, featuring twin chromed louvres in the case of the S 65 AMG. The new front apron incorporates striking,
AMG-specific LED daytime driving lights and two transverse air outlets on each side. Further striking features
include the "6.3 AMG" or "V12 Biturbo" lettering on the front guards, and redesigned exterior mirrors.
Side sill panels emphasise the elegant line of the front apron through to the rear of the vehicle, where the new
rear apron features yet another highlight: the centre section of the black diffuser insert is now painted in the same
colour as the vehicle body. New tail lights with 52 LEDs in the form of a double "C" also give the S-Class an
unmistakable appearance from behind. A distinctive element of both models comes in the guise of the AMG sports
exhaust with two chromed twin tailpipes, featuring a V12 design in the case of the S 65 AMG. Visual aspects which
distinguish the V8 from the V12 model also include the attractive AMG light-alloy wheels: the S 63 AMG has 19-inch
AMG multi-spoke wheels painted titanium grey with a high-sheen finish and fitted with 255/40 (front) and 275/40
(rear) tyres. The S 65 AMG, on the other hand, comes with 20-inch AMG forged wheels painted titanium grey with a
mirror finish and fitted with 255/35 (front) and 275/35 (rear) tyres.
Crosswind stabilisation, Torque Vectoring Brake and Direct-Steer system
The AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control (ABC) provides crosswind stabilisation as standard equipment
for the first time: thanks to this function, influences caused by crosswinds are compensated for, or – in the case of
strong gusts – reduced to a minimum. ABC compensates against the effect of crosswinds by adjusting the wheel load
distribution within milliseconds, using the yaw-rate and lateral acceleration sensors of the Electronic Stability
Also making up the standard equipment is the new Torque Vectoring Brake: when cornering, brief direct application
of the brakes has an effect on the vehicle's inner rear wheel so that the saloon corners precisely and under control
at all times. The Torque Vectoring Brake is an additional feature of the Electronic Stability Programme ESP®and not
only noticeably improves responsiveness but also active handling safety in critical conditions. The driving
experience is further heightened thanks to the Direct-Steer system: with its variable ratio depending on steering
angle, it helps to ensure a more direct response when cornering, and therefore more responsive handling – in brief:
enhanced driving pleasure at the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG S-Class.
Based on the ADAPTIVE BRAKE system, the AMG high-performance braking system continues to provide optimum fade
resistance, deceleration and sensitivity. The front axle features a double floating brake calliper. This exclusive
technology combines the advantages of a sliding-calliper disc brake – reduced heat transfer to the brake fluid and
clear advantages in terms of comfort thanks to the brake lining guide mechanism – with the efficiency of an extra
large fixed calliper brake.
Extensive range of standard equipment with exclusive flair
The interior appointments are every bit as exclusive as the high-tech package: as soon as its door is opened, the
S 65 AMG welcomes the driver with large, animated "AMG V12 BITURBO" lettering in the instrument cluster's central
display. The AMG main menu provides the driver with information about engine oil temperature, current gear range and
the battery voltage. In the case of the S 63 AMG, the extensive range of standard equipment includes not only
PASSION leather appointments, with natural leather in the seat side bolsters, but also front AMG sports seats with
climate control, massage, multicontour and dynamic handling function. The Exclusive PASSION leather upholstery in
the S 65 AMG, meanwhile, with its AMG V12 diamond pattern design, exudes an air of even greater refinement. Ample
use of trim elements and the AMG-specific analogue clock, featuring an IWC design, are a given in both AMG models.
Both the AMGSPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC of the S 63 AMG, as well as the five-speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT transmission of
the S 65 AMG, are fitted with DIRECT SELECT gearshift. Gear changes are carried out by means of AMG aluminium shift
paddles on the new AMG sports steering wheel.
New standards in active and passive safety
In addition, both of the top-of-the-line AMG models set new standards when it comes to active and passive safety
through an unrivalled combination of innovative camera and radar-based driver assistance systems. These include the
ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and the
PRE-SAFE®Brakes, which are linked to the proximity regulating radar and intervene independently in the event of an
impending accident to act like an invisible crumple zone. Night View Assist with infrared camera also features a
novel pedestrian detection system. The pictures from the windscreen camera are also used by the new Speed Limit
Assist, available as an option. The Brake Assist PLUS and DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control support the driver in the
event of emergency braking. The PRE-SAFE®positioning function and NECK-PRO luxury head restraints in the front are
now also included as standard.
New infotainment systems, including COMAND APSwith new SPLITVIEW display, which shows different images for driver
and front passenger simultaneously, enhance occupant comfort even further.
Exclusive optional extras are also available from the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO:
- 20-inch AMG twin-spoke forged wheels, painted in titanium grey with a mirror finish and fitted with 255/35 R 20
front and 275/30 R 20 rear tyres (only S 63 AMG)
- AMG trim in black piano lacquer/carbon fibre
While the S 63 AMG is available in short or long-wheelbase
versions, the S 65 AMG is only available as a long-wheelbase version. Both top-of-the-line AMG models will have
their European market launches from the end of June 2009, whilst an Australian release is anticipated late this