MercedesBenz CLS500 CLS55 AMG AND SLK55 AMG First Drive Review…

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Mercedes-Benz CLS500, CLS55 AND SLK55 AMG

The Germans try thinking Italians.

Strength, durability, After more than a of building cars guided by forthright German principles, has lately become enamored another, slightly more idea: loveliness.

Not to imply Gottlieb D.’s boys built a few lookers through the 1955 300SL Gullwing, for But when the head office has for four doors, the designers usually answered with sides, large trunks, back seats, and workman-like German convention holds cars should be practical and a even more so. With the Mercedes tells German to shove it.

Painted silver, the CLS like a puddle of mercury in a wind gust. Huge and razor slashes of side put the exclamation point on the fulsome of bodywork. French-stitched leather is and burled wood spills off the and pools around the shifter. beads of chrome finish off of the seams. The CLS is gorgeous.

The two adjoined bucket seats in the are also tighter than the in the shorter E-class. Passengers can shut in behind the high and low-flying arched roof. a drag coefficient of 0.31, the is clean, but it won’t set aerodynamic thanks partly to the elegantly tail (big butts are better for airflowand trunk

Italians don’t sweat over such details there are eyes to dazzle. has decided to adopt the more view. What’s wrong a little emotion? asks Glaser, general manager of product management for Mercedes-Benz We don’t always want to be for boring cars. We saw a niche the E and the S for a halo car, and we wanted to the brand a more dynamic

If it sounds like a casting for a coupe, that’s because it of. Mercedes insists that the CLS is the world’s first four-door and hopes to pit its pretty face and rear doors against a few but cramped two-door coupes, the 645Ci from arch BMW. Athletic sedans the BMW 545i, Lexus GS430, and A6 are also in the crosshairs.

The CLS’s price will be $65,000 to start for a CLS500 the 302-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, the non-AMG version coming to (Europeans also get a 3.5-liter That’s about $8000 than an E500. Hence, production will be low, 30,000 cars per year, of maybe 7000 to 10,000 come to the States starting in 2005. The fashion treadmill fast, so the CLS lifespan may be shorterperhaps six years, the company says.

if the CLS bombs in year two, the gamble seems relatively Unlike most new Mercedes the CLS doesn’t introduce any engines or borrowing liberally from the on a widened and stretched E-class Mercedes says 35 percent of CLS share a part number the E, including its electrohydraulic brake and Airmatic DC suspension, which driver and computer inputs to the shock and air-spring stiffness to conditions. A faster steering and larger brake discs are CLS Those, combined with a lower center of gravity and 18-inch wheels, are enticements, believes, for keen drivers to up from the E500. The CLS will not get drive, however.

Chasing sunbeams around the north of Romewhere else but would Mercedes choose to its most Latin car?the proved it should be driven in with an E500 to discern any differences between the two. stability, straight-line gallop, and a remoteness to the controls are hallmarks of big Benz, and the CLS500 is no different. It is competent but apparently no feistier the E-class or, for that matter, the

The job of being feisty falls to the AMG. Medicated with 469 and 516 pound-feet of torque from a 5.4-liter V-8, the CLS55 rumble its way to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds, Mercedes. Again, nothing is new here besides the shapely The engine and its five-speed automatic over from other AMG including the E55 and SL55. The eight-piston and drilled brake rotors14.2 of hugeness in front, 13.0 in from the SL55.

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Hunkier in the nose, along the sills, and on the with its small spoiler and tray, joins with five-spoke wheels to salt in the wow. Alcantara pseudo-suede in available color combinations the seats, and brushed aluminum the An AMG steering wheel, doorsills, and cluster complete the trim-out.

Mercedes plans to keep the price premium over the car about the same as the E55’s, or That should put the CLS55 at $90,000 when it makes it to the in March. Only 1500 per year will sail for

While it had our attention (and it did), Mercedes showed us the AMG, which went on in October for about $55,000 is keeping pricing secret for all its new Revamped this year an all-new body and a remarkably chassis, the SLK roadster gets a version of the 5.4-liter V-8 billed at 355 and 376 pound-feet of torque. The power aft through a seven-speed automatic to a differential fitted with an oil

Bimetallic brake rotors, to the SL65’s, feature a steel bolted to an aluminum hub to fight curtail warping, and reduce

And there will be plenty of to scrub off, thanks to acceleration (60 mph in a claimed 4.7 seconds) and a that says, Let’s around! Some quick laps had the SLK55 doing all the moves: precision path throttle-assisted steering, and fierce A German Ferrari? Team is definitely getting closer.

thinking like Italians. could be big.

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