At 612 hp and the highest torque rating in its segment (thanks to a 6.0-litre V12 biturbo mill), the S65 AMG is Mercedes' cheetah in sheep's clothing (or fine woolen three-piece, at any rate). Because we're talking about the Geneva show (the S65 AMG originally debuted at the North American International Auto Show in January), we'll put these numbers in metric perspective: 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and to 200 km/h in just 13.3 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.
As you can tell from Alberto's snapshots, it was a little crowded on the stand, but you get the picture.
(More photos and an S65-related excerpt from AMG's release after the jump)
The new S 65 AMG: the world's most powerful series-production saloon
Exclusivity and dynamism in a wholly new dimension: the new Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG in a nutshell. The top-of-the-line model of the new S Class delivers 450 kW/612 hp and reaches peak torque of 1000 Nm – more than any other vehicle in this segment. With such power at its command, the AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine delivers awesome performance: it accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and to 200 km/h in just 13.3 seconds. The top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited).
The new S 65 AMG comes with the exclusive high-tech credentials to match its performance potential, from the transmission, through the suspension to the brake system: the drive power is transferred to the wheels in the new S 65 AMG via the AMG SPEEDSHIFT five-speed automatic transmission with AMG shift paddles and DIRECT SELECT gearshift. The AMG sports suspension with Active Body Control is the perfect complement to the sophisticated drive technology. The suspension all but entirely eliminates the body movements that occur when moving off, negotiating bends and braking.
The completely newly developed AMG high-performance brakes with twin sliding callipers at the front based on the ADAPTIVE BRAKE system set new standards in terms of stopping power, sensitivity and fade resistance. Composite brake discs at the front and rear ensure the shortest stopping distances, remarkable resistance to fading and outstanding sensitivity. Multi-piece AMG 19-inch light-alloy wheels with mixed-size tyres keep the S 65 AMG firmly in contact with the road.
Flagship AMG V12 model with exclusive standard specification
Hallmark Mercedes elegance coupled with distinctive sportiness – the impression the new S 65 AMG leaves you with at first glance. At the front, the restyled AMG front apron with enlarged air intakes adds an athletic touch. The side skirts pick up the line of the AMG front apron and emphasise the dynamic feel of the side view; all reinforced by the "V12 Biturbo" lettering on the front wings. The exclusive interior appointments do full justice to the dynamic exterior, with "Exclusive PASSION" leather upholstery plus AMG multicontour dynamic sports seats with their own distinctive design. The AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel with its specially sculpted rim and aluminium AMG shift paddles marked "up" and "down" is a joy to hold and behold. One of the most eye-catching features in the interior of the new S 65 AMG is the exclusive analogue clock with its "IWC Ingenieur" design in the centre console. The AMG instrument cluster includes the AMG main menu with RACETIMER.