If you're hankering for a V12-powered Mercedes-Benz S-Class, there's very, very little to complain about in regards to the 621-horsepower, 738-pound-foot S65 AMG. That car will hit 60 in just 4.2 seconds and embarrass a fair few sports cars along the way. What if you need a bit more relaxed power delivery, though, but aren't willing to associate with the plebes in the world of the V8-powered S-Class?

Currently, there's nothing in the S-Class range that exactly fills the bill – if you want an S-Class with a V12, AMG is the only way to go. If a report from Carscoops is to be believed, that will change at next week's Detroit Auto Show as Mercedes is set to unveil its new S600. The sleuths over there have acquired not just leaked pictures of the new car, but a spec sheet detailing the new entry.

With its 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 detuned to "just" 523 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque, it sits neatly between the 455-hp S550 and the 577-hp S63 AMG. The new S600 can hit 62 in just 4.6 seconds, and like the rest of the S-Class range, it will be limited to 155 mph.

We've included both the images and the spec sheet in a gallery up top. Have a look, and then be sure to check back here next week for our full battery of coverage from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.


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      ACURA23CL
      • 11 Months Ago
      Brandon...did the kids call you "Capitan Obvious" growing up?
        RetrogradE
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ACURA23CL
        Ha. Turkus is a horrible writer. I hope this AB gig is only a part-time job for him.
          TsarBomba
          • 11 Months Ago
          @RetrogradE
          Ouch...! They should totally have you writing instead.
      username
      • 11 Months Ago
      What exactly about this picture do you suppose gave it away?
        RetrogradE
        • 11 Months Ago
        @username
        I'm going out on a limb and saying: "perhaps the badging on the deck-lid that says S600." Ja. Good call.
      jonnybimmer
      • 11 Months Ago
      MB really put themselves back on top with this gen. I know Audi and BMW are capable of making some great cars, but I can't see them surpassing this S class for quite a while.
      Dvanos
      • 11 Months Ago
      "612 lb-ft of torque", Jesus Christ.
      RetrogradE
      • 11 Months Ago
      I hope it's the new S600 because I spent some time in the shower thinking about this curvy beast. Very nice, mien freunds der Deutchland
      Terry Actill
      • 11 Months Ago
      Dreamy.
      John Blaze
      • 11 Months Ago
      Beautiful car... but it seems like Mercedes should let the V12 dream go and trade it in for an all electric 400 mile range technological marvel. The lure of additional cylinders no longer holds value the way it did 15 years ago before gas prices go out of hand and it was still cool to be a fuel consumer. Now that the green revolution has taken over, Mercedes should jump on board and make the top of the line S Class an all Electric monster. Kind of like how Porsche made their top of the line 918 electric.
        CJ_313
        • 11 Months Ago
        @John Blaze
        Evidently the cylinder count still "holds value" to affluent buyers today the same as it did "15 years ago", or else I doubt MB would continue building them. As long as people still aspire to have those V12's along with the magical "600" nomenclature on the trunk lid, I would imagine that your way of thinking would likely be a failure. MB has "green" options for people who prefer that, and top tier status-symbols for people who couldn't care less.
        John Blaze
        • 11 Months Ago
        @John Blaze
        @CJ_313 and nocommie11. Leaders are proactive trendsetters not reactive pack followers. If it was easy, everyone would do it. It's amazing that Tesla is doing such a terrific job with what they started from. I would expect a company like MB to do it because #1, they have corporate infrastructure and #2, they have the liquid capital. If their experiment fails, they won't fail as a company. Why should it take start ups to be the trailblazers with new technology and new ways of thinking? Established organizations need to take more risks and push forward in these areas to truly make a difference and stay relevant.
      Rob
      • 11 Months Ago
      The interior of the Audi A8 W12 is georgeous. The interior of this car is awful
        Winnie Jenkems
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Rob
        the interior of this car is STUNNING and blows Audi and BMW out of the water. my only complaint is the stupid clown face steering wheel. besides that, it's exquisite.
      bonehead
      • 11 Months Ago
      yes because no one when making a concept photo would ever make that stupid 2 spoke steering wheel. That is purely a Mercedes abomination.
        Dvanos
        • 11 Months Ago
        @bonehead
        Yeah I dislike the steering wheel as well.
        RetrogradE
        • 11 Months Ago
        @bonehead
        That's all you got? Steering wheel BS? You're living up to your avatar name.
        jonnybimmer
        • 11 Months Ago
        @bonehead
        This ain't a track toy. 2 spoke steering wheels are comfy for cruising around and give space for your hand at 5-7 o-clock position. Also, MB has been doing 2 spoke wheels since at least the 50's (many Gullwings had one).
      miketim1
      • 11 Months Ago
      I actually saw this car yesterday.. didnt capture me as much as I thought it would... actually i looked at it then looked away thinking it was the past model... looked again and noticed it was the new one.
      Eggmania
      • 11 Months Ago
      a 4 cylinder with some motors can get this 5000lb beast to 60 in only 7 and a half seconds? how
        jonnybimmer
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Eggmania
        That motor is a turbo diesel, producing 500 lb-ft of torque before you include the electric motors. When it comes to acceleration, especially when dealing with a lot of weight, torque matters more than hp and that's where diesels shine.
          RetrogradE
          • 11 Months Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          To me, torque is all that matters. Bonneville Salt Flats is one hour from my house but I'd need a lot more HP to get me into the 200mph club out there. But with torque? I'm in my own club every stop-light. xoxo
      JJ
      • 11 Months Ago
      Finally a badge that truly reflects the engine size, the power output is not astonishing compared to the previous 5.5l V12(which was enough) , but I guise it's all about the smoothness of the power delivery.
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