Test Drive 2007 MercedesBenz S65 AMG Autos ca

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November 22, 2006

There is a war on in Germany right now, and are getting ugly. It involves of charging horses, several metallic projectiles, and a few select of speed-obsessed automotive engineers. The in this conflict is Mercedes-Benz.

Or specifically, AMG: the high-performance arm of Stuttgart-based automaker. Oh sure, M division and the RS skunkworks of Audi sent some worthy to battle, but if it’s purely numbers you’re after, latest volley has just up a huge can of whoopass on those it out in this arena.

This was evident as I hustled a 2007 S65 AMG sedan around the 2.23 km course at Shannonville Motorsport during a recent press that featured most of the AMG fleet.

With this blisteringly fast 2270 kg lb) performance sedan, AMG has managed to the competition in its wake and give Sir Newton the old one finger salute, all in one Nasty stuff.

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The S65’s road thrust comes courtesy of a cc Biturbo AMG V12 that sends, via a automatic transmission, 603 hp at 4800 rpm to the wheels along with 738 of torque from 2000-4000

The soul of every Mercedes-Benz AMG is the engine, and each one is handcrafted and by one of 41 certified engineers at the AMG factory in Germany. This modified twelve-pot benefits from a crankshaft with a longer larger-bore forged pistons and an system for oil-spray cooling and lubrication. The newly designed cover is made from and carbon-fibre reinforced plastic.

on the throttle at any speed and this behemoth blasts forth on a of torque. Mercedes claims a km/h time of 4.4 seconds.

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Surprisingly, the S65 not to a little aggressive track either. You could never it agile, but with 20-inch tires (255/35 ZR front and ZR rear) and AMG-tuned Active Control (ABC), the sedan planted, stable and exhibits little body lean to the active damper system. out of the corners is fierce, accompanied by a muted howl from the

The infinitely adjustable seats in the S65 are comfortable, and feature side that instantly inflate as g-forces increase. It’s a bit at first, and easy to dismiss as but after a few laps I was thoroughly the extra support.

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As would be expected, braking is a big part of the AMG equation, and the large composite vented with industry-first front 8-piston calipers proved strong and fade free. If were to ride along in puppy for a few laps, he’d be out a few revisions on the back of his barf

How many of these $228,000 will see track duty? none, but it certainly was fascinating to see the AMG crew could do with full sized sedan.

The S65 real mandate is to provide luxury with effortless thrust, and, with to Rolls Royce, this can “waft” like few others. silently along in the left of the autobahn is where the S65 would be at home.

This new S-Class body is more elegant and stately the outgoing model, and to these is more in keeping with the station as a Teutonic uber It appears aggressive, yet the body flow organically. And lookee that trunk looks familiar. It seems Mr. Bangle’s criticized “bustle …” that created such a when it debuted on the latest BMW has now magically migrated over to big sedan.

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The AMG front fascia, lower cladding, five-spoke 20-inch and chromed quad tailpipes telegraph the S65’s extra

Not surprisingly, the interior of the S65 is a paragon of with every conceivable at your beck and call.

revised COMAND interface, is similar to BMW’s iDrive, is simpler and more intuitive the previous system. Sure, have to spend some with the manual, but welcome to the of high-tech German luxury These systems are all part of the but here it’s not all about the “mouse” on the centre console. controls for climate and entertainment can be found on the steering wheel and or you can simply tell the S65 what you via voice-command.

One could write a whole on the Dynamic Multicontour Front with Massage, which are fare on the S65. Each contains 15 inflatable bladders can be individually adjusted to create the fit via the COMAND controller and a nifty on the LCD screen. The air chambers also automatically to lateral G-forces or work together to reduce in four massage modes.

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The lower cushion is adjustable for length, and the can be adjusted to match the curve of spine. The seats are also (warm or cool) and of course

The $5500 Premium Rear Package provides most of goodies for the folks in back so won’t feel left

The multi-level and multi-zone automatic control ensures every is perfectly comfy from to toe while they enjoy the 600 14 speaker, 5.1 Harmon Kardon sound system.

Optional on all Mercedes is Distronic Plus control system. This cruise control maintains a following distance even in and go traffic. Theoretically, I could set the at 180 km/h for my commute into and then sit in traffic on the QEW like the of the poor sods without the brake or gas. Cool.

This tester featured the optional Night View which uses infrared undetectable to the human eye, to the road ahead. The image is projected on an eight-inch display in the cluster – a useful device for in moose and deer country.

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Being a passenger safety is of paramount and all 2007 S-Class AMG vehicles with an enhanced version of – a system that furthers the of electronic automotive safety. If the on-board sensors detect an crash, the front passenger are instantly adjusted to the upright the side bolsters inflated, the and side windows are closed, and the belts tightened.

If something go horribly wrong, POST-SAFE off the engine and fuel supply, the hazard lights, and lowers the slightly for oxygen supply.

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In the of super luxury sedans, the S65 AMG much rules – its only competitor being the 553-hp Continental Flying Spur comes in at a similarly stratospheric

Ah, but wars can be protracted things, and I this shot across bonnet has gone unnoticed at the M There is obviously a market for missiles such as the S65 AMG and Flying Is BMW taking the sensible route and AMG to play on its own in 600-hp land, or there be a twin-turbo V12 M7 in the works?

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