Dead: The Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG

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At the Geneva Motor Show next month, Mercedes will be bringing a host of new or newish cars, including the Final Edition of the SLC and, apparently, the S65 AMG. As Motor1 spotted in the penultimate graf of this otherwise boring press release, Mercedes casually revealed it would be showing the S65 Final Edition at Geneva, and its grand V12 too.


Here’s the passage in question:

...the S 65 Final Edition (combined fuel consumption: 14.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 325 g/km)2, which crowns and brings to an end the long success story of the 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine in the S-Class Saloon.

That’s a little strangely worded, but it seems unlikely that Mercedes would junk V12s altogether. More likely this V12 will just morph into a different V12. It’s not to be forgotten that only a few years ago AMG moved its V12 production around to meet insatiable demand.

One presumes a new one would be used in things like new Maybachs, as this S Class is six years old. From what I know about product cycles, that’s around the time manufacturers like to update. (Mercedes is also going electric with the S-Class.)

More mysterious is the fact that no one knows if anyone’s ever actually bought an S65 new, they tend to go straight to Craigslist at a small fraction of their asking price. Expect to see the Final Edition there in a few years, on sale for an amount even you can afford.

News Editor at Jalopnik. 2008 Honda Fit Sport.


I love the idea of a V12 S-Class, and I’m sure the Maybach variant will continue.. but remember when the W140 S600 debuted TWENTY EIGHT years ago with forty eight valves, no turbos and 408 horsepower (300 kW)?

We’re stuck with 15+ year old three valve technology, while the AMG V8s outpower their V12 stablemates.

There’s still something magical about a 600-badged Mercedes, though.