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2014 Mercedes S65 AMG to debut in LA

The new S65 AMG should come standard with all the trinkets of the latest S63 AMG (pictured).

The V8-powered 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG has been revealed and is on track to make its official debut this September at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, but shortly after it reaches showrooms its V12-powered sibling may also be available.

Car and Driver is reporting that the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG will debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in November and be followed by the debut of another V12-powered S-Class, the 2014 S600, at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January.

As we already know, Mercedes-Benz is committed to its V12 lineup, though all of the German automaker’s 12-cylinder engines are now being built by the AMG go-fast division.

The new S65 AMG should come standard with all the trinkets of the latest S63 AMG, meaning 4MATIC all-wheel drive, lightweight construction, a seven-speed automatic transmission and an IWC clock. However, its V12, a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre mill that carries over from the outgoing S65 AMG, should help the car achieve even better performance numbers.

The 2014 S63 AMG’s V8 is rated at 430 kW and helps the car accelerate to 100 km/h in about 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 300km/h. We’d expect the 2014 S65 AMG, which should at least match the 463 kW of the outgoing model, to turn in some slightly better numbers.

If fuel economy is more interesting to you than outright performance, then another S-Class variant in the pipeline may tickle your fancy. That variant is the S500 Plug-In Hybrid which will be on display at the Frankfurt show and should hit showrooms sometime next year.

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