The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is out and as a result, many of us are wondering as to what kind of variants the Stuttgart-based automaker has in store for their executive sedan flagship. In the last generation, Mercedes-Benz S-Class choices ran far and wide, ranging from the tire-shredding S65 AMG, to the slightly more frugal S-Class Hybrid. Will those variants carry through to the new generation?
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According to CARandDRIVER, yes, the new generation S-Class will receive its top dog performance S65 AMG complete with a force-fed V12 engine. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Mercedes will also be producing a plug-in hybrid model for the new generation. Though the plug-in has been teased numerous times in the past before, so we sorta’ knew it was comin’.
The last hybrid S-Class was called the S400 Hybrid and was powered by a 3.5L V6 mated to a 60hp electric motor, good for 18 miles on electric only power and a 0-60 time of just 5.4 seconds. But unlike the new version, the old S400 Hybrid did not offer any plug-in capability.
As of now, word is that the plug-in hybrid S-Class will be revealed at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September, before hitting showrooms beginning in early 2015.
The balls-out S65 AMG on the other hand will be seeing the light of day at this year’s Los Angeles International Auto Show in November. It’s anticipated to produce more than the current and departing S65 AMG’s power rating of 621hp. In addition to the predicted power bump, the new model will lose some 200lbs off of its curb weight. And afterwards in Detroit, the uber-luxurious S600 sedan will make its debut.
– By: Chris Chin