Mercedes Benz S65 AMG
Mercedes Benz S65 AMG. The S-Class has set the standard for luxury and performance in a sedan. Now, Mercedes-Benz is setting its sights on making its flagship vehicle a standard in fuel economy and reduced emissions as well by adding the diesel engine this year to the hybrid system it introduced last year. Sport-driving fans need not worry, though, as the AMG-tuned models continue to deliver high horsepower in a luxury wrapper.
Out in public, the Mercedes Benz S65 AMG was an absolute head-turner. In addition to its signature AMG quad exhaust tips, body kit, and five-spoke rims, this S65 was painted with a special shade dubbed Designo Magno Platinum — aka gunmetal gray metallic — with a matte finish, a combination that adds $3950 to the sticker price. Even flashier, especially for a S-Class, was the Designo interior, which featured seats and door panels wrapped in gorgeous brown diamond-stitched leather, while everything else from the roofliner to the dashboard was covered in either black leather or Alcantara.
As expected, cars are packed with technology and interior goodies. Passengers are protected by safety features including Active Blind Spot assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and Benz’s Distronic adaptive cruise control system. Both cars also have a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system, rear DVD entertainment system, and massaging seats for every passenger except the person sitting in the middle back seat.
While we usually love all things sporting an AMG badge, it’s hard to overlook at what the S600 brings to the table. With a price tag that’s at least $50,000 less than the S65, the S600 matches its rowdy AMG’s performance, equipment list, and V-12 exclusivity. Unless you really want to hear that growl or feel the need to flash, it’s the 12-pot S-Class to get.