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Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG C215

Mercedes-Benz CL 500 review

Thank the for cars like the elegant CL . Nothing comes close to its tour de force — a wine in a cellar full of specials. It’s a rare (only 265 were sold in in 2005) and production of the current is due to end soon in advance of the arrival of its model-year replacement. The new CL will be in Germany in June 2006 and go on later this year, but for now the old C215 is a unique reminder not every supercar has to be an outrageously-styled to be the best.

My CL 500 test car is the baby of the a mere £73,700 four-seat with Mercedes’ lusty V8 under the bonnet transferring its modest 306bhp and 339lb/ft of to the rear wheels through the 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic. adds up to a respectable 6.3 second to 62mph, impressive mid-range bursts and a top whack limited to

It’s the entry-level CL in a family of which includes the sewing-machine 500bhp CL 600 V12 (£98,125), the sharp-suited CL 55 AMG (£98,795) and the manic 604bhp CL 65 AMG They are all fine cars but by far the best buy is the CL 500.

In a world excess is celebrated and an entry-level marks down cars the CL 500, it is a classic case of is more. The 500 delivers everything you from a comfortable continent-crossing coupé: rapid performance, trim, stunning handling and superiority.

I was impressed, but £73,700 is too much to pay for a car like this. The CL 500 very little sense as a new buy you are a Lottery winner, but in the years it will become a used icon as it sheds thousands of in value without losing any of its performance or appeal. Buy a three-year old CL 500 average mileage today and pay well under £30,000. Now economic sense, and you still get a hard-wearing coupé.


Everything about this car is Nose to tail it occupies metres, and it’s over two wide between door Seating is superb, soft with armchair-dimensioned heated and front seats, and sufficient in the back to deliver saloon car and space. The boot is huge for a with 450 litres available and a electric soft-close lid.

The massive doors are nearly 1.5 long and mounted on clever hinges which move the panel forward and out to maximise space. Closing these barn doors could a problem in a high wind if not for attention to detail with springs to check movement and electric power to ease snugly shut.

When the model appeared in 1999 I was by its styling. There is still uncomfortably out of sync aft of the C-pillar the rear side panels are too and give the car an elongated profile robs its low roof line of elegance. Then again, where the big boot comes

Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG C215

On the road the CL’s sheer and nearly 1.9-tonne kerb do nothing to blunt driving Leviathan it may be, but it feels lithe. you’ve set the Active Body (ABC) from the soft mode to beautifully controlled the CL can be hustled around with and accuracy. It’s not a car that itself to blistering cross-country — it’s just too too laid back and too well-mannered. An lady with breeding never be rushed.

But if you open it up you be disappointed. Body control is Fast, ill-surfaced corners upset this monster’s the Servotronic steering feels a dead at speed but maintains feel and excellent feedback, the industry-leading 7G-Tronic seven-speeder in setting keeps the revs up and the down. The only limitations a driver will experience the CL relate to its size.

Equipment levels are excellent as I’d expect for more £73,700. But Mercedes can still with its options list. My car’s final on-the-road was £78,405 thanks to an unnecessary set of 18 alloys which cost questionable Keyless-go at £880; TV tuner for £735; interestingly-ventilated front seats for £625; wood and leather steering for £460; essential phone (which ought to be standard) for and pointless Linguatronic voice for £320.

Personally I could do all of the above, but especially the Linguatronic failed to recognise anything I, shouted at it. An automotive frippery is not even worthy of an Innovations

Under-rated, low-volume and limited-demand sum up the CL but don’t be fooled into it’s a non-event. It is a diamond in a box of glass beads. It’s not never brash and oozes with a small c, but it is deeply and has an elegant simplicity of form will allow it to age gracefully.

Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG C215
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG C215
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG C215
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG C215

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