It seems like just yesterday we were falling over ourselves at the New York auto show debut of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC coupe. The remarkably beautiful and powerful full-size two-door seemed to be Benz’s ultimate answer to the Bentley Continental GT, but, it turns out, for only a moment. Right on the heels of our first spin behind the wheel of the S63 coupe, an even more awesome and athletic variation of the two-door S-class is here: the twelve-cylinder S65 AMG coupe. We can’t say we are surprised—after all, the two preceding generations of the big coupe (previously dubbed the CL-class) each were topped by a wild, V-12–powered AMG model.
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The 2015 S65 AMG coupe is among the most fetching and luxurious vehicles on the planet, with almost ridiculous levels of equipment. But it’s a beast first and foremost, a menacing and more evil one than its V-8–powered S63 sibling. For starters, like the S65 sedan, the S65 coupe is rear-wheel-drive only; presumably, the twin-turbocharged V-12 engine’s 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque would fry the 577-hp S63’s 4MATIC all-wheel-drive components. Mashing the throttle should not be done carelessly. The all-aluminum, three-valve-per-cylinder M275 V-12, as before, likely will emit a most refined but sinister sound.
Sheer numbers don’t do the S65 justice, but they are impressive nonetheless: AMG claims the sprint to 60 mph occurs in just four seconds flat, and top speed is governed at a sweet 186 mph. Surely, the S65 AMG coupe could exceed the magic 200-mph barrier, but saner engineers—ones equipped with electronic limiters—at Daimler prevailed. Buyers who plan on regularly reaching for the S65’s top speed should plan to pony up for the optional carbon-ceramic brakes.
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