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Mercedes-AMG S65 Final Edition Might Be the Last V12 Benz Ever

This thuggish special edition S-Class gets bronze wheels, bronze stitching, and black exhaust tips.

It sounds like Mercedes-AMG is marking the end of an era, introducing a special edition of its S65—not to be confused with the V8 S63—that might just be Merc’s last V12 car ever. Dubbed the Final Edition, this bronze-wheeled limousine will be limited to just 130 examples and feature the company’s beastly 6.0-liter V12 bi-turbo good for 630 horsepower. 

The car will come exclusively in black and get 20-inch wheels finished in the aforementioned matte bronze, bronze accents on its grilles, side skirts, and rear diffuser, and gloss black exhaust finishers, resulting in a sinister, drug lord-esque aesthetic. It’s also got an interior to match, featuring black nappa leather with copper contrast stitching, black carbon trim with a subtle copper weave, and of course, a “1 of 130” badge telling its nefarious owner this isn’t just any standard-issue S-Class. 

Not too dissimilar to what Audi did with its devilishly bronze-wheeled R8 V10 Decennium, then. That car was built to celebrate the R8 V10’s tenth birthday.

Other standard equipment found on the S65 Final Edition includes the Magic Sky Control pano roof, temperature-controlled cup holders, 12 motors in each seat adapting to the occupant’s height, and the AMG Driver’s package that unlocks a top speed of 186 miles per hour. Oh, and the special S-Class also comes with its own, Final Edition-branded car cover. Wouldn’t want to get dust on that shiny black paint, now would we?

While Mercedes hasn’t officially made any statements on the future of the V12, we wouldn’t be surprised at all if this really is the company’s last 12-cylinder. In an age when the luxury car racket’s biggest market taxes the hell out of anything bigger than four liters, turbocharged four-bangers are the new V6, and Ferrari is working on a hybrid supercar, a big, stonking V12 seems like something out of a bygone era.