2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe First Look
Twelve Cylinders of Luxurious Fury
If you plan on taking the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG coupe to the track, then we wish you a lot of luck. That's because unlike the S63 AMG 4Matic coupe, the S65 version won't have the added nanny of 4Matic all-wheel drive. But imagine how beautiful Benz's new coupe will look drifting through those corners.
That feat should be easy to do thanks to the beast under the hood. Making 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque is a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12, hand-built by one talented technician at AMG's headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany. It's mated to a seven-speed auto, and Mercedes estimates the powertrain will launch the coupe to 60 mph in 4 seconds. Interestingly enough, that's one-tenth of a second behind the S63 AMG 4Matic coupe's estimate, which makes sense given its all-wheel-drive grip. The S63 AMG 4Matic coupe, by the way, produces 577 hp and 664 lb-ft from a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8.
The 2015 S65 AMG coupe will top the two-door's range, which starts with the S550 4Matic coupe at the bottom. The S65 AMG coupe will essentially match the other models in terms of features and tech, though it'll be the first to debut Benz's fancy suspension with the curve-tilting function. This system uses a stereo camera to scan the road ahead to prepare the suspension, which then makes the vehicle lean into the turn while adjusting for speed and curve radius. The system works at speeds from 10 to 111 mph. It's meant to increase driving fun, not to increase cornering speeds. Also part of the coupe's suspension system is Road Surface Scan and Magic Body Control, which scans, preps, and adjusts for road imperfections ahead.
Brakes can be upgraded to a lighter ceramic compound system, and Benz touts that the coupe comes standard with a lithium-ion battery. The battery results in a 44-pound weight savings, a relatively small drop in what's expected to be a heavy bucket.
We've drooled over the S63 AMG 4Matic coupe's looks, but the S65 AMG is painfully gorgeous. Tasteful chrome accents are used on the body kit, while the front fascia looks even more menacing than the S63's. Also eye-catching are the 20-inch, forged rims with center caps that make them look like center-locking hubs.
Inside, the S65 AMG coupe gets the designo touch with seats covered in diamond-pattern Nappa leather. Standard technology includes a head-up display, an advanced adaptive cruise-control system with Steering Assist, a Burmester 3D surround system, and a 360-degree camera that should help drivers prevent curb-rash on the rims. Benz says the coupe will roll into dealerships toward the end of the year. Pricing hasn't been announced, but expect it to cost around $215,500, which is the price of the 2014 CL65 AMG that the 2015 S65 AMG coupe replaces.