Car review MercedesBenz CLSClass 63 AMG road test BBC Top Gear

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There’s only one thing irritates about the new CLS63 and that’s its name. I’m there’s a solidly Germanic for it somewhere in the corridors of power at HQ, but, after years of indicating the size of the engine, are now just a lie. So instead of a 6.3-litre lump, as the badge we now get a 5.5-litre instead. What Did someone make a job lot of badges have to be used up? Or did Hans in the dept suddenly and unexpectedly down his wurst last and decide that all of AMG’s big V8s immediately be 800cc smaller and use turbos?

Whatever — and I BMW is doing the same thing it’s not a big issue, but it does just how problem-free the rest of the new CLS AMG is all you have to kvetch about is its And the best way to avoid that is to get in and the thing as far and as fast as possible. from having your action monitored, checked and curbed by the Tronic army, are you will also emerge like you could and would to do the drive all over again. The CLS AMG cossets, connects and excites in so ways, it genuinely makes you if you would ever need any car than this.

Maybe need is the wrong Few people could actually anything other than the model, which is still with more tech a teenager’s bedroom, and more than a Chanel counter. is probably a better way to describe it. And plenty of that going on in the CLS starting with that engine with the size-six

Known inside AMG as the M 157, military grade, twin-turbocharged V8 an unrelenting 518bhp and 516lb ft 11bhp and 51lbft more the outgoing 6.3 normally aspirated thanks to some careful of the fuel and air mixture. Spray-guided injection, piezo injectors and camshafts optimise the engine’s Air-to-water charge cooling it from grenading. And generator — it only cuts in necessary, rather than sapping power by being in the loop — plus a system prevent it from the entire tank before you can get to the petrol station or spin the through to the canvas.

Mercedes claims the 157 drinks a less than the AMG 6.3, sounds like madness. But leave that for now. the company also claims 157s fitted with the AMG Performance Package drink the same amount of fuel offering another 32bhp and ft — plus an 187mph top instead of the 155mph of the cooking A piece of mechanical (and magic that is caused by the max charge of the turbos from to 18.8psi. You can tell which have this package in two ways: the carbon-fibre engine and red brake calipers, if the car is standing and the angry metallic grey with a carbon rear that passes you, if moving.

The other key contributor to this health and efficiency is the AMG Speedshift transmission, which is also the box of tricks. Instead of using a fuel-sapping torque-converter to slur one gear to the next, or borrowing the dual-clutch system (because designed for the gullwing’s higher-revving, engine) the Speedshift uses a wet clutch. The ‘box has four one of which is there to keep the happy (and deliver insanely low fuel consumption three which are there to do the for the driver. In Controlled Efficiency, or C, the sighs and dies as soon as you to a stop, and the gears change all the urgency of a vintage jukebox. It all much more interesting in Sport and Sport Plus though. The engine stops possum at every junction, and you can get on enjoying the car.

Which really isn’t hard to do. The standard 2011 CLS has had the benefit of a substantial chassis and make-over, finding a visual and fluency that the E-Class to find. The addition of a unique adaptive suspension system by the AMG has made the CLS AMG even better. I had that this would the ride to concrete, but that’s not the Yes, the car stays flatter corners, but not at the expense of your or spine. Likewise the steering has a amount of feel — more than you’d from a car of this size and The front track is almost an wider, but it’s mostly to the careful tuning of the steering the tyres’ contact patches all the way up to your palms on the Alcantara-clad AMG

A key component of which is the tasty titanium painted and polished which are broad but not excessively so. help stop the car start its own lines when the roads get The 36cm brakes are less We didn’t have the opportunity to try to them on a track, but on the road, felt faultless and fade Even so, just in case not enough, carbon ceramics are for an extra £9,500.

So there’s little wrong, and an enormous that’s right, with the way the new CLS AMG about its business. It’s fast, very comfortable, fun to drive, looks mean, in the matt paint, and feels it has the durability of a JCB. The badging be a nagging issue for OCD freaks, but that’s sortable. delete the altogether.

Pat Devereux

Mercedes-Benz CL-Class AMG

We like . Fabulous to detail

We don’t like . steering wheel

TopGear . A great four-door GT made Don’t buy that Panamera you’ve driven this

. 062mph in 4.4secs, max 155mph,

Tech . 5461cc, V8, RWD, 516lb ft, 1870kg, 231g/km

this on the options list . Pack, £6,495

And avoid . Illuminated door sills,

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