2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65

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in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL

$226,900

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Overview

A step over bold, powerful and beautiful the AMG S 65 sedan is an audaciously brute machine mated with the finesse and grace of ballet dancer. Surrendering to none and not compromising on anything this total opulence oozing, comfort-inducing automaker’s marvelous feat is one for the history books.

Let the grunt of the 6L V12 be the serenade of your journeys and the companion to your adventures. Let the 621 horses under the hood be the power that pulls your chariot my liege and when thy shall reach thine destination may you remember the journey as much as the ride that carried you.

The cars in this segment do put up a fight for the title of the most luxurious vehicle but the sportier heritage is what bogs them down, ultimately conceding the pole position to the Mercedes AMG S 65 Sedan.

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Pros

Balanced driving

Powerful engine does not take over the luxury aspect

Cons

Slower than its rivals

Aging infotainment

What's New?

Following the fix what’s not broken philosophy the Mercedes does not meddle with a perfectly functioning vehicle.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$226900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

365 cu. in.

horsepower

621 hp @ 4800 rpm

torque

738 lb.-ft. @ 2300 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2 in. ventilated disc brakes/15.4 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

124.6 in.

length

206.5 in.

width

75 in.

height

58.7 in.

curb weight

4969 lbs.

ground clearance

4.6 in.

capacity

cargo volume

16.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.3 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

160 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/16/22 mpg

highway range

407 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 in Magnetic Black Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 in designo Cashmere White Mango color  2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 in designo Diamond White Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 in Black color  2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 in Anthracite Blue Metallic color
Magnetic Black Metallic

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Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 AMG S 65

AMG S 65

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$226,900

Configurations
AMG S 65 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (13/16/22)

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial Last updated 24 days ago

The cars in this segment do put up a fight for the title of the most luxurious vehicle but the sportier heritage is what bogs them down, ultimately conceding the pole position to the Mercedes AMG S 65 Sedan.

Features

The 4 door sedan version of the AMG S 65 ups the ante and offers unparalleled luxury and comfort. The well-endowed car is bestowed with a 6L V12 engine that cruises this 5000 lbs beast with ease. This power is fully utilized and it never lets you forget that it’s a luxury sedan first, Affatlerbach blessed second.

Trim

Mercedes AMG S65 4dr sedan

MSRP

$226,900

Key

Features

  • LED Daytime Running Lamps, LED taillamps
  • Active LED headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • Dual 12.3" high-resolution screens
  • COMAND system with touchpad controller
  • COMAND navigation with 3 years of no-charge map updates
  • AMG Head-Up Display
  • Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound System
  • FrontBass system
  • HD Radio receiver
  • Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial
  • Active multicontour front and rear seats with “hot stone” massage

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Spending a quarter million dollars gets you a very equipped car that shall be able to satiate most people’s needs.

Engine

“Compared with the S63, the 65 is markedly faster at high speeds, despite similar on-paper figures. The extra shove of the extra quartet of cylinders adds up to very little over 0-62mph (putting 738lb ft through a pair of road tyres tends to preclude faster launches) but get it moving at 70mph and the 63 won’t see you for dust. And all this while sounding like a perturbed Chinook” - Carmagazine.co.uk

Engine and Transmission

An open secret AMG engine is what drives this uber-luxury autobahn cruising vehicle, fitted with a 6L V12 that has 621hp, it produces 738 ft-lb of torque. But do these numbers translate to real life symphony as grand as the German composers, the answer is a very big yes!!.

The revving engine grunts aggressively enough to make heads turn but the launch after that is enough to make everyone’s jaw drop in awe of the German Automaker’s luxury marvel. The satisfying engine symphony is accompanied by a 7-speed transmission, the only one that is able to handle the monstrous V12 that comes under the hood.

The transmission has started showing its age technology wise and is rather clunky. The 9 speed Automatic has spoiled the new Merc owner and this can be felt on the downshift.

Models

Mercedes AMG S65 4dr sedan

Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive 4dr Sedan

Aston Martin Rapid S sedan 4dr

Maserati Quattroporte GTS Gransport 4dr sedan

MSRP

$226,900

$160,000

206,000

$145,500

Engine

6.0L V12

4.0L V8

5.9L V12

3.8L V8

Transmission

7 Speed Automatic

8 Speed manual

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

Horsepower

621 [email protected]

550 [email protected]

552 [email protected]

523 [email protected]

Torque

738 [email protected]

577 [email protected]

465 [email protected]

524 [email protected]

Outclassing its brethren the AMG embossed S 65 manages to be at the top with a difference of 40hp and 100 lb-ft of torque. Waving to the competitors from afar the German Three-pronged logo car can be said to be the epitome of efficiency.

Acceleration

Let the luxury heritage not fool you. The AMG division does what it does best making the good a beast. Outrageously priced, extremely heavy and featuring some of the most aggressive fascia seen on a car, the AMG S 65 is for people who want the cream in everything and are not afraid to spend top dollar for it. Accelerating to 60 in 4.3s the 5000 lbs automotive feat is not joking when it comes to numbers.

Models

Mercedes AMG S65 4dr sedan

Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive 4dr sedan

Aston Martin Rapid S sedan 4dr

Maserati Quattroporte GTS Gransport 4dr sedan

0-60 MPH

4.3 sec

3.3 sec

4 sec

3.9 sec

Quarter mile

12.6 sec

11.8 sec

12.4 sec

12.2 sec

Engine

6.0L V12

4.0L V8

5.9L V12

3.8L V8

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

11.0

8.4

10.4

10.3

Not class leading by any standards the Merc comes in at last position to reach 60 and the quarter mile story ain’t any different. The luxury traits of the bloodline do come up here and the power of the engine is used to rather have a cruising vehicle rather than a track ready car. The sluggish times seem slow only due to the fact that the competitors are purebred sports cars operating sans the luxury and power statement that the Merc flaunts. The AMG injections almost make the car powerful enough to compete with the other three but outclassing them on their home stretch can be a stretch even for the AMG guys.

Ride and handling

The S 65 is like a prince amidst a battle on the front lines a little out of place but well equipped enough to take anything head on. Far from being a sports vehicle this AMG laden Merc does not forget its roots and does everything to remind you that it is a luxury transport vehicle. Although it stays grounded the AMG steroids take this car to another level with its performance upgrades.

The opulence factor seems to overtake the performance aspect which is much appreciated. The Magic Body Control in conjunction with the windshield mounted camera detects incoming potholes and road imperfection and adjusts the air suspensions accordingly to make the smoothest ride possible. The three suspension modes of the S 65 namely the Comfort, Sport, and Curve live up to their names. Most interesting of the three the Curve mode activates a function that tilts the car 2.65 degrees whilst cornering to reduce the g-force on the occupants.

If Mercedes can think of reducing the G-force on its passengers then the person buying it would definitely won’t mind spending the kind of dough this car asks.

Braking

The Merc wins accolades for keeping the stopping distance under 110ft whilst being the heaviest one amongst the contenders . This potential heir to the throne manages to come to halt from 60 mph in 109 feet while others take at least a couple of feet more. This speaks volume for the Merc’s braking system.

Model

Mercedes AMG S65 4dr sedan

Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive 4dr Sedan

Aston Martin Rapid S sedan 4dr

Maserati Quattroporte GTS Gransport 4dr sedan

Brake Front (in.)

15.4

16.1

15.8

15

Brake Rear (in.)

14.1

15

14.2

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4969

4630

4387

4189

60-0 MPH (ft.)

109

111.0

N/A

113

The Porsche and the Maserati while having lighter bodies and lesser powerful engines fare worse than the German Marvel. Porsche whilst having the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) come close to the Tristar but still manages to be outclassed by its German counterpart.

Fuel Economy

Luxury comes at a price and the millionaire buying it definitely wouldn’t mind the gas guzzler tag that comes with this car. An abysmal city and highway mpg does not look good on paper nor does it translate well in real life but as a millionaire does spending peanuts for your cruising beasts concern you?

Model

Mercedes AMG S65 4dr sedan

Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive 4dr Sedan

Aston Martin Rapid S sedan 4dr

Maserati Quattroporte GTS Gransport 4dr sedan

MPG (city)

13

18

14

15

MPG (highway)

22

25

21

22

MPG (combined)

16

21

17

17

Putting numbers and table stats to words we can see that the Mercedes is a fuel hungry beast and provides the least mpg in this segment. The sportier and performance oriented cars manage to perform better on this front with the Porsche taking the lead.

Interior

“The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has brawny engine options and refined driving dynamics, as well as a lovely interior with a wide array of high-tech convenience and safety features. However, it ranks in the middle of the super luxury car class due to its steep ownership costs.” - Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

Staying true to the design of the S 65 the AMG version comes with a host of features that may be optional with other cars but hey that’s what a 200k price tag comes with. The diamond styled leather seats are a sight to behold and the Nappa used only accentuates the opulence of the whole cabin experience.

Model

Mercedes AMG S65 4dr sedan

Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive 4dr Sedan

Aston Martin Rapid S sedan 4dr

Maserati Quattroporte GTS Gransport 4dr sedan

Passenger capacity

5

4

4

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.7/59.7/41.4

37.9/54.6/43.1

37.3/NA/42.8

N/A

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.4/59.1/43.1

34.5/2.0/32.4

36.9/NA/30.1

N/A

Providing the most space in the cabin the AMG S 65 triumphs over its competitive brethren with best in class interior spacing. With more than enough space in the first and the rear rows, the befitting chariot is sub-par to none.

Cargo volume

The class leader does loosen its grips on the throne in this segment and lets others one up it on the storage front. The great price tag couldn’t afford a few cubic feet of space and the Merc falls short on this front with only 16.3 cubic feet.

Model

Mercedes AMG S65 4dr sedan

Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive 4dr Sedan

Aston Martin Rapid S sedan 4dr

Maserati Quattroporte GTS Gransport 4dr sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

16.3

17.6

14

18.7

Cargo space has never been a luxury car’s forte and all the contenders to the title do abysmally on this front. The Maserati takes the cake on this one with 18.7 cubic feet of space which is barely sufficient to only store essentials or a couple of duffle bags.

Interior Features

  • Exclusive package including upholstery in designo Exclusive Nappa leather
  • Headliner in Nappa leather / DINAMICA microfiber
  • LED Intelligent Light System
  • Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC Burmester® high-end 3D surround sound system
  • Seat Comfort package for driver and front passenger

Exterior

Tallest in its segment, second in length and the smallest widthwise this Tri star AMG embellished luxury cabin on wheels does not fall short where it matters and does bolster its luxury heritage with aggressive yet subtle styling. The omnipresently imposing and intimidating looks that are befitting a king is surely one the points that make this ride a chariot for the modern day leaders and visionaries alike. Aren’t we all grand in our microcosms?

Model

Mercedes AMG S65 4dr sedan

Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive 4dr Sedan

Aston Martin Rapid S sedan 4dr

Maserati Quattroporte GTS Gransport 4dr sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

4969

4630

4387

4189

Length(in)

206.5

204.7

197.6

207.2

Width(in)

75

76.3

75.9

76.7

Height(in)

58.7

56.4

53.5

58.3

Ground clearance (in)

5.0

4.7

4.3

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

124.6

122.0

117.7

124.8

Track width (in) F/R

64.6/64.7

65.2/64.5

62.6/63.5

64.3/64.8

Comparing the car under scrutiny to other more brash and sporty looking Cars in the segment might seem like giving them a head start if you are into sportier sedan but this opulence ozzing marvel does holds its own here.

Safety

Luxury rarely comes sans the safety and the Mercedes does come with a slew of features that shall make the ride part joyous part reassuring.

  • 11 airbags
  • Cushion bag rear seat-integrated airbag
  • Emergency-sensing Brake Assist (BAS)
  • DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist
  • Adaptive braking technology
  • PRE-SAFE PLUS rear collision detection and preparation
  • PRE-SAFE PLUS rear collision detection and preparation
  • Outboard rear-seat Beltbags with PRE-SAFE seat-belt buckles
  • PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist

Competition

Mercedes AMG S 65 vs Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive

The Porsche Panamera or Mercedes’s German competition fails to make its way past the souped-up AMG and ultimately falls short on what its supposed to do. The Panamera caters to the demographic that wants a sporty luxury vehicle but the fallacies on the luxury aspect are enough to make it second to its German counterpart. It may be quickest of the lot but in the luxury segment, it is about arriving in style rather than reaching there the quickest.

Mercedes AMG S 65 vs Aston Martin Rapid S

This is the one where Germans win. Battling the Merc on its homefront is an uphill task in itself and the sportier features of the British sedan only adds to its dismay. The abysmal performance whilst having a lower powered engine only solidifies the Germans claim on being the best in the luxury business.

Mercedes AMG S 65 vs Maserati Quattroporte GTS Gransport

The Italian beast fails to make a mark when compared to the Mercedes and the German automotive marvel reigns supreme in the luxury category. The Italian might have gotten the sports meets luxury right but in front of the powerful and braggy nature of the V12, the small 3.8L V 8 does accept its defeat.

Final Verdict

Ostentatious display of wealth, power and status is what defines this vehicle. Unapologetically loud and brash the AMG S 65 is for people who aren’t satisfied by anything but the best. Best in class luxury and one of the smoothest ride in the segment this Merc is as much as a joy to ride as much it is to look.

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