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Chi-Town Screamer: Mercedes brings S65 AMG stateside

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Posted Date: 1/26/05

Staring at another 11 months or so of selling the current, outgoing S-Class, Mercedes-Benz will draw on some of our favorite selling tools—major horsepower and maximum performance in the S65 AMG—to keep S-Class sales perking until the next-generation 2006 model arrives next January.

The S65 makes its North American debut at the Chicago auto show in February, and goes on sale in March starting at $170,000. The S65 is powered by a hand-assembled 6.0-liter, 604-hp, 738-lb-ft twin-turbo V12 good for 0-to-60-mph times of 4.2 seconds.

738lb-ft of tq :wow :bow :ek. That thing must haul. The starting price of $170k is hefty too.
 

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It's about time they uncorked that V12, everyone knows those twin KKK(?) turbos on the S55 V12 weren't even working to produce that measly 490ish hp and 450ish tq.
 

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The engine actually produced 900lb/ft reliably during testing, but it was held back to 738 to save the tranny.
 

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White98LS said:
The engine actually produced 900lb/ft reliably during testing, but it was held back to 738 to save the tranny.
hehe, can you say RennTech tranny kit? :D
 
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