Wednesday 18 October 2017

Why it's personal when it comes to driving this 12-cylinder S-Class Coupe

Mercedes S-Class Coupe
Mercedes S-Class Coupe
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

THIS is as nearly as good as it gets as far as a big prestige performance car goes.

Mercedes have just unveiled their stunning new S65 AMG Coupé: their whopping 12-cylinder range-topping version. And you can expect to pay upwards of €230,000 for it.

Who says big, big engines are a thing of the past?

This AMG has a 6-litre V12 biturbo engine that manages to generate 630bhp and 1,000 newton metres of torque (pulling power).

Engines of this size are relatively rare, especially at a time when so much focus is on emissions and 'green' driving.

But this is almost personal.

As you probably know with AMGs, the technician's signature is inscribed on the engine plate as an indication of the individual treatment each model gets.

You can choose from three different transmission modes: Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M).

This can sling from a standing start to 100kmh in 4.1 seconds.

And there is a limit on the 250kmh top speed.

Not that it matters at this level, but they claim it will do 23.7 mpg (279 g/km).

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