2012 MercedesBenz CLS Review MSN Autos

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Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 4MATIC Base

Sleek styling icon a solid stance and new twin-turbo

Fabulous twin-turbo engines

fuel economy

Sharp, handling


Tight seating

Jerky clutch (CLS63 AMG)

The odd squeak

must feel flattered to see its CLS overtly imitated by numerous since it was launched in 2006. the smooth, sloping roofline of a and the practicality of a 4-door sedan, first-generation CLS was a smashing success and a new breed henceforth referred to as the coupe.

In a market now rich such imitators, from the Volkswagen CC to the ritzy Aston Rapide, Mercedes-Benz is launching the generation of its landmark design as a model. Once again on the same basic architecture as E-Class offerings, both of the newest CLS are markedly different these siblings for their driving character as much as unique shape. Not to mention the performance and sound of their direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V8 engines.


The unique shape of the CLS is its distinctive feature. The second had to stay true to the brand’s and the spirit of the original and yet be fresh, and daring. The new design looks extroverted and baroque than the at first, but quickly grows on the when seen in the metal. design typically elicits a of initial shock, and the new CLS seems to be these.

Three models will be The CLS550 and CLS63 AMG are powered by two of a new family of double overhead cam V8 engines. The latter gets the treatment of the famed performance including a hand-built engine dual-automated clutch gearbox and front suspension design, all at delivering leading-edge handling and Buyers can add an AMG Performance package raises horsepower, torque, top and ultimate cornering ability to levels still.

But the CLS550 is no luxury ride. Its 4.6-liter engine will purr smoothly and contentedly, especially it is mated to a 7-speed automatic with a conventional torque but this gentle demeanor into a fabulous growl a swift prod at the go pedal. Its might be slightly smaller its AMG sibling’s, but the CLS550’s V8 still out more than 400 horsepower and 400 of torque, with matching prowess assured by an adjustable with air springs at all corners.

The third model will all-wheel drive to the CLS-Class for the time. Powered by the same V8 the CLS550 4Matic will 110 extra pounds and take an tenth of a second to reach 60 according to its maker. And its estimated fuel-economy ratings are a single mpg than its rear-drive counterpart. The AMG should also be available all-wheel drive within two

Under the Hood

Ready to the glorious, award-winning, naturally 6.2-liter V8 of the previous AMG version of the we were instead thoroughly with the sheer muscle, and magnificent soundtrack of the new twin-turbo V8 that powers the CLS63

This engine develops 518 and 516 lb-ft of torque, numbers rise to 550 horsepower and a hefty 590 with the AMG Performance Package, essentially raises maximum boost from 14.5 to pounds per square inch. $7,300 option includes red calipers, a superb Alcantara-draped AMG wheel, adaptive sport forged aluminum wheels and a engine cover.

Mercedes a zero-to-60 mph acceleration time of 4.4 and a top speed of 155 mph for the CLS63 in regular The numbers are 4.3 seconds and 186 mph with the package, which also from an electronic launch-control for the CLS63’s 7-speed, dual clutch gearbox that with impeccable steering-wheel-mounted

That said, there is nothing lame about the V8 bolted under the hood of the Built from the same the M157-type engine delivers 402 and 443 lb-ft of torque with psi of turbo boost. The CLS500 is to sprint to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and the 4Matic in 5.2 Both models reputedly top out at 130

Fuel economy is significantly for both engines, to the point the CLS550 and CLS63 AMG are now exempt the gas-guzzler tax. Projected EPA ratings are 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the versus 14/21 mpg for the previous a 25 percent improvement. The gain is greater for the CLS63, with ratings of 15/23 mpg, a percent improvement.

Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 4MATIC Base


Very slight gains in dimensions have made the a touch roomier in the new CLS. comfort, support and space are but it’s snug in the rear for average-size adults, who need to dip head while getting in that low-cut roofline. rear seatbacks expand a trunk. Leather is everywhere you can sit or

Aluminum vent frames, and trim details highlight the panel. Classic wood brings an air of traditional luxury to the while optional piano-black is classy and makes the CLS63 AMG all business, with the sport aluminum footrest and large gauges. Ergonomics are in typical Mercedes style, with an of buttons and the rather convoluted of the various control menus. knobs left of the console-mounted gear selector let the driver adjust the various driving on the CLS63.

On the Road

Full-throttle feels simply relentless in the AMG. It’s a very thing the brakes on the new CLS have than abundant clamping to rein things in at speed — on the CLS63 model with package we drove. If anything, its are a little too eager and grabby in city driving. Brake is more natural and progressive in the

Handling is a strength on both with a predictable edge in poise and grip to the fully CLS63 as tested on tight, undulating sections of legendary 1 north of San Francisco. If anything, the AMG is too highly strung and nervous, for very spirited driving on a road, with the gearbox and in their Sport + modes. settings are best kept for days.

Driven over the same the CLS550 was almost equally showing impeccable damping and control over the nasty The comparatively tamer model is a smoother drive, thanks to the converter of its conventional 7-speed The CLS63’s automated clutch has jerkier action in stop-and-go The ride is smooth in Comfort with the AMG sport suspension. It up bearably in Sport, but the Sport setting is too tight for normal

Right for You?

Mercedes-Benz is this new CLS pair at empty and families with young — two at the most — who don’t yet need rear seats. These need to be reasonably affluent, of with base prices of and $94,900 for the CLS550 and CLS63 respectively — lower than the models by $2,700 and $4,150. The price for the CLS550 4Matic be $ 73,800.

You can get the same basic in high-end E-Class coupes and including the upcoming E63 AMG sedan, but the CLS have carved out their niche in terms of style, and performance. After the initial of their revamped shape, seem more than to go blow-for-blow with ambitious including those with drive. In fact, their to rumble is unparalleled, in all respects.

(As part of an automaker-sponsored press Mercedes-Benz provided MSN with and accommodations to facilitate this

A professional auto journalist for than 25 years and the founding of Sympatico / MSN Autos , Marc is a two-time winner of the Canadian of the Year award from the Journalists Association of Canada, an photographer and licensed racer.

Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 4MATIC Base
Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 4MATIC Base


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