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Shanghai Motor Show: 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 revealed

By Scott Newman, 18 Apr 2017 News

2018 Mercedes AMG S65 cover

AMG reveals updated twin-turbo V12 flagship

Mercedes-AMG has unveiled an updated version of its twin-turbo V12 S65 flagship at the Shanghai Motor Show.

The drivetrain remains unchanged, meaning a 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 producing 463kW/1000Nm through a seven-speed automatic gearbox, however while 0-100km/h takes just 4.3sec, the newly updated S63 has now overtaken its bigger brother in terms of speed.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 engineNonetheless, some of AMG’s most loyal customers refuse to drive with anything less than 12 cylinders and Mercedes has made every effort to ensure that driving takes less effort than ever.

The updated Magic Body Control system, which is able to scan the road ahead to warn the suspension of bumps, now incorporates the curve-tilting function introduced in the S-Class Coupe.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 rearThis function allows the body to lean into the corner at an angle of up to 2.65 degrees between the speeds of 15-180km/h. In theory, it lowers the perceived lateral forces and improves ride quality, however it remains to be seen whether curve-tilt feels more natural than it odd sensation it generates when activated in the Coupe.

Elsewhere, the S65 benefits from all the upgrades introduced as part of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift, including a new interior with twin 12.3-inch digital displays, revised styling front and rear and an unprecedented level of driving assistance systems.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 interiorDubbed Intelligent Drive, the new S-Class uses an impressive battery of cameras and sensors, integrated with vehicle systems such as steering, braking and navigation, to essentially operate autonomously for lengthy periods of time.

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class range arrives in Australia in December 2017.