As one Mercedes-Benz representative put it: “no one really needs a coupe, they WANT a coupe.” A statement couldn’t have rung more true with the S65 AMG Coupe that Mercedes-Benz debuted at The Quail event during the annual Monterey Car Week. The hulking V12 coupe was a strong follow up to the S63 AMG Coupe from the New York Auto Show earlier this year and the demand has steadily escalated for this latest two-door offering from AMG.
As a replacement to the CL-Class, the S-Class Coupe is a logical shift in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. While the outgoing CL’s exterior shared a close resemblance to the S-Class sedan, the S65 AMG Coupe has a distinct front fascia, rear end and a dramatically styled interior, which is sure to impress both buyers and the automotive press. The S65 AMG Coupe has been developed to possess a different personality because quite frankly, the buyer of a S-Class coupe will demand the distinction versus the sedan. More importantly, there are buyers specifically after a V12 super coupe, enter the S65 AMG Coupe.
Churning out a staggering 621 hp with 738 lb-ft of torque coming on at a low 2300rpm, the 6.0-liter V12 in the S65 AMG Coupe will certainly spike some pulses and perhaps flat-line others with questionable tickers. The massive twin-turbocharged engine features strengthened internal components and is built following the “one man, one engine” philosophy, with the engine builder’s signed plaque affixed to carbon fiber engine cover at the Affalterbach AMG facility. The gross amount of power will push the big coupe from a complete standstill to 60 miles per hour in a dizzying 4.0-seconds flat and tears up the highway when there is momentum present.
All that power is channeled through the AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission activated by paddle shifters. There are three shifting modes, one of which will activate the start/stop technology, which will be a must for those looking to be environmentallyresponsible. Should V12 owners not want to be green,there is always manual mode to rocket through the transmission’sseven gears on the way up to a terminal velocity of 186 mph. With twelve cylinders under the lid, there is no room for the 4-Matic system, so the S65 AMG Coupe is offered in rear-wheel drive only.
All of that propulsion is brought under control with the integration of the standard Magic Body Control and Active Road Scan technology. The system allows the S65 AMG Coupe to lean into corners and will operate effectively while cornering all the way up to 111 mph. Extrapolating the details of upcoming curves, the dual stereo cameras up front can register bends 50-feet ahead and allow the curve tilting function to carve into the corners for an exhilarating experience for both driver and occupants. Aiding in the handling effectiveness is an AMG Sport suspension and weight savings brought by a 44-pound lighter lithium-ion battery and reduced rotating mass with the ceramic brake package and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.
Inside the S65 AMG Coupe, we find an interior that is sure to impress the demanding buyer. The display vehicle was finished in stunning Porcelain leather, though the interior can be had in a variety of options and interior treatments. We’re looking forward to seeing two of them in particular, the metalized wood trims and the ‘flowing lines’ interior, which consists of black lacquer over poplar wood accompanied by an array of gold flowing lines that highlight the interior’s natural flow.
Since Mercedes-Benz debuted the S63 AMG Coupe with Jon Hamm at this past New York Auto Show 2014, the momentum for the upcoming V12 Coupe has been high. In fact, since we saw the S-Class Coupe concept at Frankfurt Motor Show last fall, the demand to deliver on promises has been mounting. That demand has prompted Mercedes-Benz dealers to take orders right now for end of year delivery. And rumor has it an S-Class convertible is soon to follow.
AMG has enjoyed a stronghold in markets such as New York City, California and Florida, and Mercedes-Benz maintains that the new S65 AMG Coupe will continue to grow market share in these areas. It is projected that S65 Coupe will be the first real competitor to the Bentley Continental among V12 coupe buyers. Based on the excitement levels we witnessed at The Quail event where the S65 AMG Coupe debuted amongst the target market, we’re fully on board with this projection.