• Apr 13th 2009 at 2:29PM
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2010 Mercedes-Benz S63 and S65 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mercedes-Benz had planned to unveil the 2010 model year S63 and S65 AMG before April's end at the Shanghai Motor Show, but the high-performance S-class models have unwittingly been given an early internet unveiling by the company's own German market online configuration utility.

The refreshed limos will continue to get their weapons-grade thrust through big engines (the S63 has a 6.2-liter V8 giving 518 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, while the bonkers S65 gets the twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 engine good for 604 hp and an absurd 738 pound-feet of torque), but the AMG models will finally get more visually distinct, thanks to new LED light strips, a more aggressive front fascia with an enlarged air gulper, bespoke grilles (the S63's fixture has five horizontal bars, and the S65, shown above, wears three double-bars). The S63 and its pricier S65 brother will be further differentiated by unique wheels, badging, and bespoke exhaust treatments.

The blokes at Car and Driver (who spotted the MB consumer website gaffe) say that America will probably continue to only get long-wheelbase models of these two, and prices are expected to be similar to that of the 2009 models, which retail for $131,350 and $198,950, respectively.


[Source: Car and Driver via WorldCarFans]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like the Equus concept at NY.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That thing looks like it could eat a Quattroporte. The Equus doesn't.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do Want.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Beautiful, but $200K?! For that money, wouldn't you rather have a Bentley or a Maserati or something that looked a little more special? I know the S65 is more powerful, maybe the best sedan available, but it just doesn't look special enough to cost twice as much as the "base" S550, which already has plentiful power and luxury. I guess they're trying to be "subtle".
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've thought about that too, but actually I'd still have this.

        Sure the Bentley's looks and badge give it even more presence, but this somehow has more personality. Plus it's quicker!

        Subtle next to the Bentley it may be, but only a handful of sedans from Bentley, Rolls, and Maybach (because of its size) attract more attention than as S-Class with an AMG kit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have always loved the S class. This one does not disappoint either.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those PR guys try to fool us with prettily photoshopped pictures in places that are ALWAYS heavily populated... but in the pictures, there is no one there.

      In the end, when you see it on the street, you'll still think:

      "Eww, that thing is wayyy to big."
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll take one Black on Black
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really really really liked the old taillights better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The taillights aren't nearly as bad as the cheap-looking headlights. Maybe they won't look so ghetto aftermarket in person...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks pretty damn awesome.

      So LED light strips are the new must haves. Sorry side-vents, you will not be missed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks good, though it's not entirely surprising. It's unfortunate that the U.S. probably won't get the wheels pictured on the S63.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, that front looks like a Hyundai!

      I'M KIDDING.
      • 6 Years Ago
      look who is copying audi again
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, those A6 style LEDs in the front bumper were the first thing I noticed too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Their copying Audi's LED lights and what else? You make it sound as if the whole car is a ripoff of an A8, which it is not.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This thing has TWO sets of LED's in the front, take that Audi!
      • 6 Years Ago
      arguable one of the best sedans just got a little prettier... that be said i don't know what is more outrageous the price or the preformance. I am also still not to keen on the interior....dosen't look like 200,000 interior...
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