What’s an S-Class without a flagship S600 model? Following the release of the S63 AMG (pictured here), Mercedes-Benz will complete its S-Class range with three important new models in the near future: the V12-powered S600 and S65 AMG, plus the S500 plug-in hybrid.
According to a report from Car&Driver, Mercedes-Benz will premiere the S 65 AMG at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. While the previous generation S 65 AMG developed 612 horsepower, the new model is expected to have a slight bump in output and around 200 pounds (91 kg) less weight.
This will translate into faster acceleration, with the 0 to 60 sprint to be covered in under four seconds (4.2 seconds for the previous model). The new S65 AMG will be powered by the same 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine, albeit in a more powerful state of tune.
Mercedes-Benz will save another new S-Class model for the Detroit Auto Show in January, more specifically the range-topping S600 V12 model. Traditionally the most luxurious S-Class, the next S600 will be powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine with a more comfort-orientated setup than the sportier S65 AMG. There is no information about the engine’s output, but it’s safe to say Mercedes will add a few ponies to the previous model’s 510 hp.
But before the two V12-powered models, the Stuttgart-based carmaker will launch the S500 plug-in hybrid at the Frankfurt auto show this September. The report says the model will use the hybrid powertrain of the 2011 Vision S500 plug-in hybrid concept.
Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 and a 60-hp electric motor, the 2009 Vision S500 boasted an all-electric range of 18 miles (29 km) and could sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.4 seconds. Although final specs have not been revealed, the production S500 should not be too far off the concept. The S500 is expected to go on sale in early 2015.
By Dan Mihalascu