2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: AMG Has Its Way in Shanghai

April 20, 2009

There's more word today from the 2009 Shanghai auto show and Mercedes-Benz. This time, it's AMG that takes the mike, with twin versions of the subtly revamped S-Class.

We told you about the 2010 S-Class' modified looks and interior and updated COMAND controller. For AMG's part, they're taking those new spiffs and applying them to the eight- and twelve-cylinder AMG S-Classes.

The S63, with a 6.3-liter V-8 and 525 hp in Euro spec, hasn't changed in person or on paper. Nor has the twin-turbo V-12-powered S65 and its 612 hp. What has changed, AMG says, is better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. The S63 is still good for 0-60 mph times of 4.6 seconds; the S65, 4.4 seconds.

The S-Class' vast array of electronics gets some new programming. Active Body Control suspension gear gets anti-sway control for crosswinds; Torque Vectoring Brake helps the S-AMGs turn into corners more decisevily; and higher-performance brakes are fitted with adaptive braking that produces more comfortable stopping power, Benz claims. A rearview camera crops up on the features list, as does Attention Assist, which detects if your AMG sedan is wandering in the lane--and alerts you to the need to stop, pull over, and maybe have an espresso (or in Alabama, a sweet tea from Chick Fil-A).

Visual cues for the revised AMG four-doors include a new grille, with louvers on the S65. LED driving lights, new air outlets, LED taillamps and chrome tailpipes set them apart as well. S63 AMGs wear smaller (!) 19-inch wheels, while the big-boy S65 gets 20-inchers with a mirror finish--perfect for self-adoration moments that you've earned if you can afford these proto-pimp rides.

Sales start somewhere in the world in June. We'll bring you more when MBUSA drops these bombs on America. In the meantime, swing over to our 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class page for more photos and preview information.

2010 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG

2010 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG

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