Mercedes-Benz will be bidding goodbye to the most powerful S-Class with the Mercedes-AMG S65 Final Edition at Geneva International Motor Show 2019. Production is in strictly limited numbers, following which there will be no more V12-powered super saloons from the German carmaker.
The Mercedes-AMG S65 has survived this long purely because of staunch S-Class loyalists that demanded a V12 saloon from Mercedes-Benz. The company has been facing unrelenting demand for its V12 engine worldwide, whether in the G-Class, S-Class, or SL roadster. Tightening emissions norms around the world mean that the V12 has no future, and will last feature aboard the S65.
Mercedes-Benz will no longer offer a V12 under the S-Class's hood following the last S65 rolling off the production line.
Production of the Mercedes-AMG S65 Final Edition is limited to just 130 examples. All units are finished exclusively in Obsidian Black metallic, highlighting the car’s importance. The S65 also gets the “One Man – One Engine” plaque on the engine cover just like its peers. However, the plaque is finished in black instead of silver on the Final Edition cars. Even the imposing quad-exhaust tips are finished in high-gloss black, signalling the S65’s importance. We are perhaps looking at a future collectible car.
As for performance, the twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 does not get any mechanical upgrades. That does not mean it wants for upgrades, since it can move mountains with 621hp and 1,000Nm on tap. The S65 can crack 100kph in 4.1 seconds despite weighing more than two tonnes. Mercedes-AMG has contrasted the overlying dark theme of the S65 Final Edition with 20-inch forged alloy wheels featuring bronze accents. Bronze trim is also present on the side sills, front air dams, and rear diffuser. Finally, the AMG crest mounted on the car’s C-Pillar reminds onlookers that this is not just any regular S65.
Inside, the cabin is majorly black, accompanied by copper accents here and there. The centre console carries a special “1 of 130” plaque to highlight the car’s exclusivity. The steering wheel reads “AMG Edition” to distinguish it from the standard design. As for creature comforts, there really is no need to list them out. This car started out as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, so there is no doubt it is loaded to the gills with safety, driver assistance, and comfort/entertainment technologies. The S65’s AMG Driver’s Package unlocks a top speed of 300kph, and you also get a matching indoor car cover for the Final Edition luxury automobile.
Subtle design elements and trim set the Final Edition apart from a regular S65 AMG.
Mercedes-Benz has yet to release any official pricing details for the S65 Final Edition. Given the current Mercedes-AMG S65 sells for around AED 944,000 in the UAE, expect the Final Edition to be quite dearer than its standard variant.