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2014-08-06 13:29

MERCEDES FLAGSHIP IN SA: Mercedes-Benz South Africa launches its new flagship S600 L (pictured here) and S65 L AMG locally. Image: Wheels24/ Sean Parker

SEAN PARKER

PRETORIA  - Mercedes Benz gathered local motoring media to the Gerotek testing facility in Pretoria for the launch of its flagship S600 L (long-wheel base) and the S65 AMG L.

The S65 AMG is characterised by a massive chromed grille and four tailpipes, two forged on either side.

Divisional manager of product and marketing for Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Selvin Govender said: "These two models are very special to the brand and are the only V12 engined models from a German manufacturer."

The S600 unit is built at the same Affalterbach plant in Germany where the AMG units are built. More than 100 000 units have been built since start of production from 2013.

Since 2014, 49 000 S-Class units have been sold.

ALL THAT POWER...

The S600 L, the automaker's flagship model, pushes out 390kW/830Nm from its V12 bi-turbo unit and has a claimed combined fuel consumption of 11.3-litres/100km.

The S65 AMG produces a monstrous 463kW and has been restricted to 1000Nm - it's possible to produce 1200Nm but Mercedes claims "it's not good for the tyres".

Fuel consumption is claimed at 11.9 litres/100km and its CO2 emissions are rated at 279g/km.

Interior standout features include rear entertainment and a Burmester 1500watts sound system. Magic body control is standard on both cars.

Check back later this week on Wheels24 for our driving impressions.

Prices:

Mercedes-Benz S600 L - R2 170 000
Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG L - R2 842 700




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