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2013 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - January 10, 2013

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.

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