By Lou Ann Hammond, Sun, 6 Mar 2005 08:00:00 PDT
One in twenty Mercedes' are AMG cars, according to Rob Allan, Manager of Product Management. AMG stands for Aufrecht Melcher Grossasbach, basically two guys and a city. A&M were two Mercedes engineers that moonlighted as independent developers.In 1990 they went into a limited partnership with Mercedes, first with parts than with cars. In the industry AMG is known as a factory hotrod with exclusivity and power. If you have driven the SL65 or CL65 you'll love the engine in the S65 AMG; it's the same.
The V-12 twin turbo 6-liter pounds out 604 horsepower, 738 lb.-ft or torque at a screaming 0-60mph of 4.2 seconds. It is the most powerful engine in the sedan segment. According to Rob Allan, manager of Product Management the S65 AMG, " has very few options; four place seating, in case people don't want to touch each other.
Distronics is their adaptive cruise control that is becoming a standard option on many cars. You'll be able to tell if the S65 AMG has the optional distronics by the front grille. They have to put the radar in the front grille and that will change the look slightly.
We also have an option for an integrated cell phone with voice control." The engine is hand-built by one of seven engine makers in Sindelfingen, Germany. Mercedes had one of their engineers building the S65 AMG engine during the show. I offered to take it off their hands, but they already had a car for it.
Interior leather is only the best, a tan colored Nappa leather is what I sat on. You can tell good leather by the grain indentations. the poorer quality leather has grain indentations applied to make the leather softer.
One couldn't have a true luxury car without fan on the bum (FOTB). There are many little fans in the seat that cool or heat your bum just the way you like it. As if that isn't enough Mercedes has added a massager as well, with different degrees of strength.
Unverified EPA mpg ratings are 13-15 mpg. Basic package is $169,000 but with all options added the total package is $177,000. Expected to go on sale in March 2005. Run, don't walk; there are only 500 projected for production.
2005 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG