The beautifully shaped 2018 Mercedes AMG S65 stands out as the most expensive S-class sedan with top performance and an opulent interior.
Thrusting you forward with 621 horsepower and 738 lb.-ft. of torque, the handcrafted 6.0-liter biturbo V12 operates at up to a 22 PSI boost with help from high-speed engine management, rapid multispark ignition, and a variable-pressure fuel pump. Activate the ECO Start/Stop system and the engine shuts off at stops to save fuel. When you remove your foot off the brake, the engine starts again for instant response. Offering you a smooth response, the 7-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission can be handled with convenient shift paddles. AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS lets you define your experience with three modes. Sport increases the shift points while minimizing shift time, Comfort takes advantage of fuel savings through the ECO Start/Stop button, and Manual keeps the gear you select at full throttle or until it reaches the redline.
To ensure that you remain in control during high-speed curves, ESP Dynamic Cornering Assist counters potential understeering by braking the inside rear wheel, which shifts torque distribution to the outside wheel. The sedan pivots gently and follows the line of the turn. Active Sport Suspension ensures that comfort, control, and responsive cornering are maintained whether you’re on the highway or a back road. Its MAGIC BODY CONTROL® scans the road ahead with a camera and preps the suspension to deal with whatever comes. In the rear, the Sport Exhaust System gives you a sportier sound by pneumatically opening and closing the dual-position internal flaps, based on RPM and the driving mode you choose.
When you need to define your ideal driving position on the Nappa leather upholstery, seat-shaped controls give you 12-way power adjustments that include the cushion length. You can store up to three seat settings as well as the positions of the side mirror and power steering column in the memory system. When the weather gets cold, built-in heating automatically steps down to grant you controlled comfort. You get the same heating feature in the steering wheel, arm rests, and rear seats. The active multi-contour front seats include shoulder supports, and lumbar supports that adjust. The adjustable active side bolsters can be set to automatically increase lateral support during cornering. To soother long drives, the seats have six massage programs that duplicate the effects of a high-end spa through two modes that meld “hot stone” heating with massage.
If you want to pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin, you can download the Mercedes me Mobile App and use the Remote Start feature up to 10 minutes before you enter the vehicle. Otherwise, dual-zone automatic climate control lets you create separate comfort levels for the driver and front passenger. Create a mood on every commute with a network of LEDs that can be adjusted in three zones with 64 selectable colors. You get a pleasing glow beneath the dash and door trim, in the footwell, and behind the dashboard screens. To freshen the air, the Air Balance cabin-air purification system uses an ionizer with activate charcoal filtration. It virtually removes odors and other impurities from the cabin air.
Maintain full control over infotainment features using a high-resolution central display measuring 12.3 inches. You can control it using the touchpad controller on the console or through the right-hand Touch Control buttons located on the steering wheel. Under your command is the Burmester High-End 3D Surround system, which delivers your favorite music with a 1,190-watt amp and 26 speakers including a trunk-mounted subwoofer with its own 400-watt amplifier, two rotating, illuminated tweeters, and surround speaker mounted on the ceiling. You can integrate your compatible smartphone using either Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™, which allows you to access phone-specific apps, manage your contact list, and make or receive phone calls. Bluetooth® audio streaming lets you wirelessly connect other personal devices or wire in other equipment using dual USB audio parts.
With GPS technology and a map storage system on a hard drive, the COMAND® navigation system gets you to your destination efficiently. Route-based Speed Adaptation works with DISTRONIC® cruise control to slow you down automatically when you’re approaching curves, highway interchanges, or traffic circles. The system comes with three years of navigation maps updates.
The sedan’s numerous safety features begin with PRE-SAFE®, which automatically tightens front seatbelts, closes the windows and sunroof, and adjust the front passenger seat if a collision or rollover is forthcoming. If a stationary vehicle is in your path, Congestion Emergency Braking can stop your vehicle to prevent a collision. If Brake Assist detects emergency braking, it can instantaneously boost braking power to minimize the stopping distance and help avoid an accident.
When it’s time to experience this sedan for yourself, make an appointment to visit Mercedes-Benz of Flagstaff. Knowledgeable automotive experts will be happy to demonstrate your favorite features and take you on a test drive.