The Mercedes CL derives many of its elements from the S-Class Saloon. The question then lies in how this new model will distinguish itself from the more popular model. There are also the vehicle’s similarities to the Jaguar XKR or the Bentle Continental GT. The similarities continue to be evident in the CL model itself, which shares far too many of the best-selling features of the S-Class. How then does this vehicle fare in the market and on its own?
Three models comprise the Mercedes CL engine range. There’s the 4.7-litre bitorubo V8 engined with CL500 and two AMG models, the 5.5-litre biturbo V8 at CL63 AMG, and the larger 6.0-litre biturbo V12. The CL63 AMG delivers a powerful 536bhp, but the CL65 AMG at 621bhp is stronger at 737lb ft of torque.
The Mercedes CL’s overall size is more than five metres in length. This larger than usual size suits it as it tends to be not too sporty, thanks to the arced roofline, lengthy rear, pronounced wheel arches, and pillarless windows. Another distinct feature is the bold feature line that spans the front wheel up until the rear lights. You also can’t miss the CL coming up from behind thanks to its LED driving lights and badge leaves. Other not too aggressive features are the AMG alloy wheels’ balanced chrome and the exhausts seen in the AMG cars.
The Mercedes CL houses a spacious interior. The rear seats are how the vehicle stands out from the S-Class, but the rest is similar to its inspiration. Nonetheless you’ll still appreciate the saloon’s classy finish: you won’t miss the hard plastics Mercedes has been known for.
In terms of performance, the V8 engine in the CL500 provides a smooth and refined ride. It can reach 60mph from standstill in just 4.9 seconds, making it quite impressive in terms of speed. The 4.7-litre biturbo V8 is also quite impressive with its 6000rpm. Peak torque is at 1800 rpm up until 3500rpm however, which is not a problem if you are only after casual driving. There’s no need to put extra effort on the right foot either as you go through slow traffic in the CL. For more intensity, you can run through the 5.5-litre biturbo V8 of the CL63 AMG. Throttle response if quick due to less turbo pressure; plus the large engine allows for more boost to run through. You’ll also be impressed by the CL65 AMG’s acceleration on the 6.0-litre V12. Its biturbos can take your breath away despite the weight of the car.
Unfortunately stepping into the CL is too much like stepping into the S-Class cars. Plus there are other flaws in the interior, such as the wrong hinges on the phone controller pad for right-handed individuals, off stitching, and unattractive silvery switches along the dash. There’s also no visual fair whatsoever in the overall design despite being a well-assembled interior. The seat adjustment switches are quite clumsy to boot. Fine detailing isn’t a priority either in this vehicle.
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