LA Auto Show: Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG
The 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine produces 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers go North if buyers option up to an AMG Performance Package, which will push the output to 550 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque.
That engine is paired with AMG's seven-gear automatic transmission. Zero-to-sixty speed is an estimated 4.4 seconds. Top speed ranges between 155 to 186 mph (the high end comes with the performance package).
The 19-inch, five-spoke wheels come with 255/35 tires in front and 285/30s in the back, with 14.2-inch drilled and ventilated disc brakes.
A special "Launch Edition" will be sold when the CLS63 goes on sale in summer 2011, and comes coated in matte grey paint (a trendy paint application these days) with a mix of carbon fiber and piano black interior trim, and AMG sports seats clad in "Corteccia Pearl" leather.