2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG

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The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG.

By: Mark Vaughn on 1/16/2011

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What is it?

AMG has focused its substantial manufacturing acumen on Mercedes’ sensuous four-door coupe. What’s it about? Power. Despite a sole hood and similar to fenders, it is the 5.5-liter V8 underhood so as to is the the majority imposing dissimilarity recognized by the store Mercedes CLS and petroleum hot- rodded version. With twin turbos and straight injection, it construct 550 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque by means of the not obligatory presentation package.

Now, a car petroleum big isn’t precisely lightweight. Despite an greater supposed before use of aluminum throughout, its restrain heaviness motionless sits at 4,114 pounds, not fairly feathery. But at what time you put 550 hp eager on it, that’s performance-sedan territory. Without the additional boost and ECU tuning of the presentation package, the twin-turbo engine motionless construct a respectable 518 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Both heavy are mated to AMG’s compact, lightweight, quick-shifting MCT seven-speed transmission.

How’s it drive?

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Like a slingshotted rocket. Not a urn rocket, but not a Saturn V, either. Somewhere in between. Maybe an ICBM as of Stuttgart. We corporation our examination gear by means of us and, together by means of and with no the race-start agenda engaged, we went as of 0 to 60 mph in now 3.9 place despite organization at additional supposed 4,000 get second-hand to elevation (the last not as significant by means of a turbo, yes, but motionless impressive). The quarter-mile came up in 12.1 place at 121.5 mph. Passing, too, was a blast, together literally and figuratively. Tromp on the throttle, and preceding to you be acquainted with it, you’re a half-mile in front of so as to big truck so as to second-hand to be in by means of way.

Handling is extraordinary for amazing so as to efficiently additional supposed two tons. A dial on the console lets you chose a figure of settings. Even in the non-payment C mode (for “controlled efficiency”), it fake an imposing job of keeping all so as to heaviness gathered together. The dial weapons to sport, sport-plus and manual, for greater supposed before presentation of engine management and broadcast shifts. We ran by means of the not obligatory 40 proportion limited-slip back end, too. Despite existence form on high-speed mountain roads, we motionless didn’t get a possibility to completely wring petroleum out. For that, you’d require a genuine racetrack. In no substance which but C mode, you’re leaving to contain an ill at ease time, particularly throughout parking-lot maneuvers or at what time responsibility three-point turns for the photographer, by means of jumpy throttle reply and a binding back end. Even at pace on the street in the game or sport-plus mode, the steering is so instant so as to it’ll get a number of receiving second-hand to. Throttle reply is extremely quick, too.

Do I desire it?

Of route you do. But you may too desire the Audi RS6, the BMW M5, the Cadillac CTS-V or the Jaguar XFR (what huge era we live in). AMG underneath the V8-powered Porsche Panamera Turbo as the major competitor, and you probably desire one of those, too. You can give good cause for it by citing the car’s 23-mpg joint mileage figure, a figure not yet expert by the EPA but touted by engineers. Like the new S63 sedan, the CLS 63 AMG strength not still need a gas-guzzler tax.

Pricing determination be free closer to the car’s May open in the United States, but the present replica stickers for concerning $100,000.

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG

On Sale: May

Base Price: More supposed $100,000, (AW est)

Powertrain: 5.5-liter, 518-hp, 516-lb-ft (550-hp, 590-lb-ft w/performance package), twin-turbo V8; RWD, seven-speed automatic

Curb Weight: 4,114 lb

0-60 MPH: 3.9 sec (AW)

Fuel Economy: 23 mpg (mfr joint est)



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