Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift gets new inline six-cylinder and bi-turbo V12

Mercedes-Benz’s flagship limousine, the S-Class, just recently received a midlife update, and now the burly saloon will get two new engines – a 3.0-litre inline-six and a twin-turbo V12.

Known as the M256, the straight-sixer is a systematically electrified petrol engine that powers the S450 and S500 variants. The S450 is an all-new variant for the petrol W222, deploying 367 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the S500 now has 435 hp and 520 Nm at its disposal, replacing the V8 from its predecessor.

The top-of-the-range W222 S-Classes will get the V12; the S600 is now powered by the new 6.0-litre bi-turbo V12 packing 530 hp and 830 Nm. The Mercedes-Maybach S650 gets the same V12, but is tuned to make 630 hp and 1,000 Nm.

There is now a total of 24 variants for the W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and can be had with either rear-wheel or all-wheel (4MATIC) drive. Presently in Malaysia, three variants are offered: S400 Hybrid, S500, and S63 AMG. The S400 Hybrid‘s attractive pricing of RM588k makes it a popular choice for corporate captains here. It’s only a matter of time now before the facelift reaches our shores.

Travis Chang

Travis Chang

While his day job is as exciting as a certain beige saloon, he knows a thing or two about cars and motorsports. The true definition of motoring nirvana according to him is a clear and twisty tarmac surrounded with mesmerizing vistas, followed with a track list of indie tunes on the stereo. Any cars will do fine, not so for big MPVs which he loathes...
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