MercedesBenz CL600 First Drive Review Car Reviews Car and Driver

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Mercedes-Benz CL 55 AMG C215

Mercedes-Benz CL600

A few more open up in Emperor Class.

seen a bee splat that at the grille and runs fully up the hood to the windshield? It looks the remains of a Scud that out over a Vermont peat Such hexapod carnage can be caused by a machine able to the law pretty cruelly, and a new Mercedes-Benz is indeed such a machine.

that we have already introduced you to the plastic-fendered CL with a road test of the V-8-powered (March 2000). The car coddles the with its shapely pillarless lines and massages the technoid points with magnesium guts, infrared-eating glass, and a suspension.

The CL500’s 302-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 enough wattage to boot the car to 60 mph in 6.2 and run the quarter in 14.7 seconds at 98 The leather-and-burl-lined salon between the doors insulates passengers the fury outside, and the many of stability- and traction-control circuitry usher the power to the asphalt so any is wasted on roasted rubber and motion.

Alas, that’s not good enough for some plutocrats who will happily past a fine V-8 if a V-12 is on the sheet.

Well, the Big Kahuna is here. The 5.8-liter, 60-degree 36-valve V-12 (each pot has two valves and one exhaust) twists out its 362 and 391 pound-feet of torque with the smoothness afforded only by three-plane crankshafts and firing every 60 degrees of rotation. the engine Izzy Newton have designed had there autobahns in 1686.

The CL600 warps to 60 mph in only 5.7 inhales the quarter in 14.2 at a sprightly 102 mph, and bounces off the speed limiter at 130 mph. 0.6 second ahead of the last S-class two-door we tested in December of 1993, equipped the old 389-hp, 6.0-liter, 420-pound-feet and toting another 685 pounds of

And thanks to its cylinder-deactivation system, the new V-12 drinks less tea than its predecessor. The left of cylinders calls it quits the computer yanks a hydraulically pin that keeps the rocker riding on the camshaft. The valves closed in the middle of the exhaust and stay so to eliminate pumping and keep the cylinders warm full thrust is needed.

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On the road, the advertised 20-percent gain is too transparent to ruffle of the Full V-12 Experience. The cuts out the cylinders only a light-throttle threshold that with speed and will some steady-state cruising Mercedes says in normal the cylinders will be deactivated 50 percent of the time. System on, a in the exhaust partly restricts the to ensure the sound quality constant, and the Newtonian protocols satisfied with the creamy of 12 balanced pistons.

The standard-on-CL Body Control suspension the big car mostly flat in normal by ordering hydraulic rams on strut to counteract the CL600’s pounds’ worth of body pitch, and dive. The impact of heaves and other road telegraphs into the cabin succinctly than expected. bushings are the likely culprits, but the is no apex hound for the trouble cause. In the test vehicle, cornering resulted in uncivil squeal and understeer, as if the CL were I’m big, beautiful, and to make you look good on the so cut the nonsense.


A palliative is the 18-inch wheels and tires of the $5096 Sport just one of the CL’s many The bumper sensors of the $1035 system warn with and colored lights against Junior’s red Radio Flyer, or Junior himself. Distronic control, a $2912 nick, has to sense other cars and the throttle and brakes to maintain a gap with a console thumb Save another $8633 for the two available Designo packages and unique leather and wood And for $125 a month, CNN Interactive and stock quotes will to the cockpit’s LCD screen. No price yet on the engineering degree needed to the system’s battery of buttons or the pair of eyes to watch the while perusing the day’s scores.

Are four additional cylinders, extra standard goodies as a swish Alcantara imitation-suede and the exclusivity afforded by just 450 per year worth a $31,198 over the CL500? Or even an premium over the 354-hp AMG? Mere wage like us say no, but that won’t be of comfort to the nation’s working mellifera.

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