Limited-edition luxury saloon expected to spell the end of brand’s 12-cylinder engine, with a V8 likely to take over
6 March 2019

Mercedes-AMG has revealed the S65 Final Edition – a limited-edition celebratory model that the maker says marks the “pinnacle of the twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine in the S-Class saloon”.

While it has yet to officially confirm the future of its existing V12 engine, sources have long suggested Mercedes-Benz and its AMG performance car division have already made the decision to replace it with a hybrid petrol-electric V8 unit in future incarnations of the S-Class and other models, including the G-Class and recently introduced GT 4-door.

The unveiling of the new limited-edition S65 Final Edition at the 2019 Geneva motor show in Switzerland and the announcement proclaiming it as the pinnacle of the V12 engine in its flagship saloon would appear to back up those rumours. 

Despite this, Mercedes-AMG refuses to comment on the plans for its largest-capacity engine, which has been assembled at Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler’s truck and bus factory in Mannheim since 2015.

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In its place, Mercedes-Benz and AMG are expected to provide the next generation of upper-end S-Class models, including exclusively styled Maybach versions, with a new twin-turbocharged version of their turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine combined with an EQ Power hybrid system featuring an electric motor and lithium ion battery.

Originally showcased in the Concept GT 4-door at the 2017 Geneva motor show, the new driveline is claimed to be capable of developing up to 805bhp, or some 185bhp more than their existing V12 engine, in its highest state of tune.

Limited to a production run of 130, the S65 Final Edition will be sold exclusively in a high gloss black. It features copper-coloured highlights within its front and rear bumpers as well as its side sills and standard 20in alloy wheels.

The unique look continues inside with similar copper-coloured stitching and highlights within its carbonfibre dashboard trim. A badge within the centre console confirms the new model’s limited-edition status.

Other identifying features include a special black engine fitter’s badge within the engine bay. The S65 Final Edition’s twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine develops 621bhp and 737lb ft of torque.

Standard equipment for what is expected to be the last V12 model from AMG is a so-called First Class rear suite with individual seats. It also receives an AMG Driver’s Package, allowing it to achieve a limited top speed of 186mph.    

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4 March 2019

Gangster special with 'copper' highlights plus extra badging tattooed on the C-pillar.

Gone are the days when Mercedes produced discreet high performance saloons without having to shout about it - 300SEL 6.3, 450SEL 6.9 

7 March 2019

... I love it!

4 March 2019

What a waste of investment and resources just to provide transport for the worst kind of humanity. Forgot to add CEO’s. 

4 March 2019
In line four wrote:

What a waste of investment and resources just to provide transport for the worst kind of humanity. Forgot to add CEO’s. 

I’m a CEO. I own my company outright and provide work for almost 200 people (who typically earn twice the UK average). Didn’t know I was the worst kind of humanity. 

4 March 2019

Don't worry Jacob. It just makes them feel better.

4 March 2019
eseaton wrote:

Don't worry Jacob. It just makes them feel better.

...In Line Four thinks it's preferable to have some sort of socialist paradise where business is in the hands of the politbureau's cronies and is not subject to market discipline. We all know how well that works.

4 March 2019

Instead of arguing over positions in society, i'll just say it looks a lot better than a maybach.

29 April 2019
JacobE wrote:

In line four wrote:

What a waste of investment and resources just to provide transport for the worst kind of humanity. Forgot to add CEO’s. 

I’m a CEO. I own my company outright and provide work for almost 200 people (who typically earn twice the UK average). Didn’t know I was the worst kind of humanity. 

 

You most surely are NOT. Those who cannot mask jealousy, manifest it in the way you have just read. Ignore and enjoy your well earned chosen mode of transport. They seem to forget that in this price range, makers are supplying a demand and at the same time, satisfying their shareholders, who after all, expect them to build cars that people will buy.

4 March 2019

an average everyday person walking along london wouldnt even think its fast. It's still a sleeper by a long way. only the four exhaughts and sounds give it away. lots of people wouldn't think its a fast car. anyway what is wrong with non-discreet cars. i like fast looking cars anyway. make your cars look fast and their going to get attention. that what mercedes wants (attention). fast looking cars are cool. keep it up MB. MR in line four is a socialist

4 March 2019
fordraptorbmwm5 wrote:

an average everyday person walking along london wouldnt even think its fast. It's still a sleeper by a long way. only the four exhaughts and sounds give it away. lots of people wouldn't think its a fast car. anyway what is wrong with non-discreet cars. i like fast looking cars anyway. make your cars look fast and their going to get attention. that what mercedes wants (attention). fast looking cars are cool. keep it up MB. MR in line four is a socialist

i think you got it right.... most people want a discreet car that when they drive around london doesn't attract much attention but when you step on the accelerator it gives a lot of noise and power.  by the time anyone has turned their heads to look you are 3 streets away.  just what CEO's want

in line four probably lives of the dole and has no gratitude for the ceo's that actually pay tax's and their workers who pay taxes to give him something to live off.

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