Get ready for even more powerful versions of the new S-Class sedan: The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG will debut this November at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show, and the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 will follow at the 2014 Detroit auto show in January, sources tell us. Both of the cars will use twin-turbocharged V-12 engines and, just like the S600 and S65 versions of the outgoing S-Class sedan, sit at the top of Mercedes’ luxury-car range.
Revealing the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG at the Los Angeles auto show makes sense given that market’s propensity for high-end AMG cars. Previously, company representatives told us that nearby Newport Beach, California, is home to the top-selling AMG dealer in the country. Expect this model to use the same engine as is found in the Mercedes CL65 AMG — the CL-Class is merely a two-door S-Class, and will in fact be named the S-class coupe shortly — meaning the 2015 S65 AMG will pack 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough might to send the CL65 AMG to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds; the heavier S-Class sedan might need a few ticks more, but it will still be fast.
As for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600, it continues the tradition of having a non-AMG V-12-powered model at the top of the S-Class ladder. It should use a detuned version of the aforementioned twin-turbo V-12 engine; if it matches the mill used in the current Mercedes CL600 coupe, expect 510 hp and 612 lb-ft. The S65 AMG will be offered only with 4Matic all-wheel drive, as is the case with the existing Mercedes S63 AMG, but we’re told the new S600 will be a rear-wheel-drive model.
The S65 and S600 will offer a serious step up in terms of power compared to the S-Class models currently on sale. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 (pictured above) has a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 engine with 455 hp and 516 lb-ft, while the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic (pictured below) boasts 577 hp and 664 lb-ft from its twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8.
Think Mercedes will have trouble selling so many top-end models? Think again. By the end of this year, Mercedes will sell 21 distinct models in the U.S. priced above $90,000 — and five of those will cost more than $200,000 — proving there is still a considerable market for six-figure luxury cars.
Both the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG and 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 will launch in early summer 2014.