Filed under: Luxury Cars & Autos
Not many marques play at the upper end of the luxury coupe market, but alongside the likes of the Bentley Continental GT and Ferrari 612 Scaglietti sits this, the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class. Essentially a two-door version of the top-of-the-line S-Class sedan, the CL has been revealed for 2011 bearing a number of significant updates.
The bodywork has been revised for the new model, but the real harbinger is what lies underhood. Introduced first in the CL is the new twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 that displaces nearly a liter less than the engine it replaces yet produces nearly 50 horsepower more. The result is 429 horses and 516 lb-ft of torque, capable of propelling the CL550 4Matic (available exclusively with all-wheel drive) to 60 in 4.9 seconds. The even more powerful CL600 packs a twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V12 with 510 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque for a 4.5-second sprint to 60.
Several new safety systems – including Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Adaptive High Beam Assist and Night View Assist – are part of the revised package as well, along with a new COMAND info-tainment system with USB and SD card input and a 7.2 GB hard drive.