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2005 Chicago Auto Show: Mercedes-Benz Launches World's Quickest Four-Door Car

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New S65 AMG Sedan Features Six-Liter Twin-Turbo V12 Engine

CHICAGO, Feb. 9 -- Mercedes-Benz is launching the world's quickest four-door sedan at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show, open to the public February 11-20 at McCormick Place. The new S65 AMG melds the whisper-smooth luxury of the top Mercedes-Benz four-door sedan with the astonishing power of AMG's six-liter twin-turbo V12 engine, which produces 604 horsepower and an unbelievable 738 lb-ft of torque, for 0-60 mph test track times of about 4.2 seconds.

AMG is the renowned high-performance division of Mercedes-Benz that combines its ingenuity and quality with the global resources of Mercedes-Benz to take engine, braking and handling performance technology to the highest level.

To handle the high speed potential of the AMG twin-turbo engine, the front brakes of the S65 AMG are equipped with high-performance eight-piston calipers and compound brake rotors. Staggered-size AMG twin-spoke wheels carry high- performance tires -- 245/40 ZR 19 in front and 275/35 ZR 19 at the rear. The S65 AMG sedan is equipped with ABC active suspension that uses special AMG spring struts with firmer damping. As on all Mercedes-Benz models, the S65 AMG also comes with ESP stability control, ASR traction control, Brake Assist and ABS anti-lock brakes.

An AMG front apron with a large air intake and integral fog lights gives the vehicle a distinctive appearance. The dynamic side view of the S65 AMG is emphasized by AMG side skirts, which follow the line of the front apron, and by a chromed "V12 Biturbo" badge on each front fender. The powerful lines of the AMG rear apron are finished off by two sets of AMG chrome twin tailpipes, and the twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels complement the overall appearance.

About AMG

AMG has been a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler since 1999 and is located near Stuttgart in Affalterbach, Germany. Employing 650 specialists in development, production and administrative, AMG develops each of its models from the engine and driveline to suspension, brakes, chassis and aerodynamics. Each engine is produced and tested at AMG's headquarters in Affalterbach, and AMG models are assembled at the main Mercedes-Benz vehicle manufacturing plants. Spanning all Mercedes-Benz model lines, more than 10,000 AMG models were sold in the United States in 2004. With over 40 percent of AMG sales, the U.S. is the top market for AMG worldwide.

About Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States. In 2004, MBUSA achieved an all-time sales record of 221,610 new vehicles, setting the highest sales volume ever in its history and achieving eleven consecutive years of sales growth. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found on the Internet at and