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MPG 12 City / 19 Highway
Pros
  • Powerful engine options
  • Smooth and quiet ride on highway
  • Refined and luxurious interior
  • Spacious back seat
Cons
  • Not easy to park
  • Questionable reliability history
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The Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG represents the pinnacle of the S-Class sedan lineup in a trim that's reserved for those who demand only the best, albeit at a significantly higher price than the standard S-Class.

Introduction

When AMG joined the DaimlerChrysler team in 1990, Mercedes-Benz began regularly rolling out performance cars with luxury features that were typically reserved for less-powerful vehicles. The 2013 S65 AMG is just another astounding offering by the Mercedes-Benz and AMG team.

For the 2013 model year, the S65 AMG is little more than a carryover from 2012, as the only change is the addition of the 2012 model year’s Premium 2 option – multi-contour seats, parking sensors, rearview camera, and keyless entry and ignition – as standard equipment.



Under the S65 AMG’s hood is a familiar 6.0-liter V-12 engine that pounds out 621 horsepower and 738 foot-pounds of torque. This engine connects with a five-speed AMG SPEDSHIFT transmission and this combination gets the sedan to 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds. Top speed is limited to an intense 186 mph.

There is only a single trim level that is chock-full of premium features, but there are a few options that you can add to this Benz to spice it up a bit. The mbrace Package adds in a slew of safety devices, like automatic collision notification, emergency call service, stolen vehicle locator, crisis assistance, remote door lock/unlock, vehicle finder, and much more. The mbrace PLUS package adds in Mercedes-Benz concierge, point-of-destination download, route assistance, location-based traffic and location-based weather.

The competition in the luxury performance sedan realm is limited, but very intense. The S65’s key competitor is the 2013 BMW 760Li, which comes standard with a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that pumps out 535 horsepower, a 4.5-second sprint to 60 mph and a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. Next up is the 2013 Audi S8, which features a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with 520 horsepower, a 3.9-second sprint to 60 mph and Audi’s famed quattro AWD. Lastly is the 2013 Jaguar XJL Ultimate, which comes standard with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with 510 horsepower, a 4.7-second sprint to 60 mph and a 20-speaker sound system.

With the competition sneaking in at a lower base price and nearly as fast, the S65 AMG needs to step up with something that the lower-prices alternatives do not offer.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG
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2013 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Base

Recommended for: The buyer who wants incredible power and luxury in a roadster

The 2013 Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG only comes in one trim, but there are enough standard features and options to keep most buyers happy.

Although the styling of the SL65 AMG is already distinctive, options such as an exterior carbon-fiber package adds carbon-fiber accents to the front bumper cross-strut, side mirror caps and the trunklid spoiler for the price of $3,570. Should you choose to upgrade the already-stellar brakes to a carbon-ceramic system, be prepared to add $12,625 to the bottom line. The interior is offered in a number of trims, including: carbon-fiber, burl walnut and black ash. Also, the stock silver 19-inch front/20-inch rear forged wheel can be replaced by black ones for an additional $500.

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