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S-Class sizzler!

Its ultra-powerful AMG 6-litre V12 bi-turbo engine delivers sports car performance as it rockets from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in just 13.3 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

This S-Class model's 5 980 cc V12 engine, developed by Mercedes-AMG, has an maximum output of 450 kW which is available from 4 750 to 5 100 r/min, while the maximum torque of 1 000 Nm can be called on from 2 000 to 4 000 r/min.

According to Mercedes the AMG V12 biturbo engine already delivers 570 Nm of torque at 1 000 r/min, while 750 Nm is on tap at 1500 r/min.

The AMG V12 engine has a precision-balanced crankshaft made out of high-strength materials, forged pistons made out of special material which is extremely resistant to temperature and pressure, a more effective oil-spray cooling system with a separate individual nozzle for each piston plus larger piston pins.

There is also an AMG sports exhaust system with two twin chrome tailpipes.

The completely newly developed AMG high-performance composite brakes based on the ADAPTIVE BRAKE system, which Mercedes claims "set new standards" in terms of stopping distances, sensitivity and durability.

A new twin sliding calliper is used for the front brakes. This new technology combines the advantages of a floating-calliper brake - lower heat transfer to the brake fluid and significantly improved ride comfort due to the way the brake pads are located - with the performance of a large fixed-calliper brake. At the rear a large sliding frame-type calliper provides the braking.

Composite brake discs at the front and rear with a diameter of 390 and 365 millimetres respectively ensure the shortest stopping distances, remarkable strength and outstanding sensitivity.

Multi-piece 19-inch AMG light-alloy wheels with mixed tyres provide the contact with the road.

The drive power is transferred to the wheels via the AMG SPEEDSHIFT five-speed automatic transmission with AMG steering-wheel gearshift paddles and DIRECT SELECT gearshift.

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