What's better than a Mercedes-Benz, you ask? A Mercedes-Benz with the AMG designation. The German automaker's AMG division, which takes regular old Mercedes vehicles and sups them up with hand-built, high-performance engines and classy bodywork, just turned 40 years old, and it's throwing itself a little party in the form of the Mercedes CL65 AMG.
Based on Mercedes' recently-redesigned CL-class, CL65 AMG purrs with the same 6.0L V12 twin turbo engine found in S65 AMG sedan and SL65 AMG convertible. The best thing about this engine, of course, is the mind-blowing 604 hp and 738 pound-feet of torque, which is enough power to get a school bus from 0-60 in a respectable amount of time let alone an actual passenger car.
For the image-conscious, the CL65 AMG excels, showing up in the company's "Alubeam" liquid metal paint job (usually reserved for auto show concept cars) and the kind of 20-inch wheels wrapped in wiiiiide-
ass tires most of us expect to have to buy aftermarket. If the faux suede headliner and two-tone diamond patterned napa leather aren't enough to impress, several badges, including the AMG logo and "one out of 40" medallions (designating that the car is one of a limited run of just 40 vehicles) adorn surfaces throughout the vehicle. Because Mercedes expects the car to appeal to the gizmo-hungry among us, the Command Center sports numerous toys, including the traditional GPS navigation and even a race timer that allows the driver to time him/herself on a race track.