Vijay Pattni18 June 2014

Meet the new Mercedes CLS63 AMG

Merc freshens up its four-door coupe and five-door shooting brake across the range. You still want one

There are very few cars on earth that qualify for the ‘only car you'll ever need', and the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake is one of those cars. Now it's been given a facelift - along with its coupe brother - and the headline remains the same: you still want one.

Of course, the original, standard CLS saloon/coupe came to us some ten years ago now, and in that time has birthed an ‘estate' version too, and both cars have been treated to a raft of new detailing.

Let's talk about poweeerrr. Both CLS saloon and shooting brake will be offered with Mercedes' new 3.5-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine - the same one that debuted in the SL - dubbed CLS 400. It produces a nice, round 333bhp and 354lb ft of torque.

You'll also be able to get three diesels: the CLS 220 BlueTec, with a turbocharged four-pot diesel engine, CLS 250 - a 204bhp diesel - and the CLS 350, with a V6 diesel producing 258bhp.

Then of course, come the AMG variants. Both CLS saloon and Shooting Brake get the upgraded engine as standard, meaning 585bhp and a whopping 590lb ft of torque from a 5.5-litre twin turbo V8, powering the rear wheels. They come with a limited slip diff as standard, and as such, will go from 0-62mph in 4.1s (4.2s for the Shooting Brake). This is the one you need to immediately purchase.

Elsewhere there is a nine-speed automatic gearbox, available in the 220, 250, 350 and CLS 500.Nine gears. Any more and it'd be a mountain bike. There's also a host of electronic assistants, a new multimedia offering with a 8in colour display, a new three-spoke steering wheel and more buttons in the central control panel, as well as more trim finishes and grades of leather.

You'll find both cars also come with LED headlights as standard, with the option of ‘multibeam' LEDs; the lamps adjust light distribution according to information gained from a windscreen-mounted camera, so oncoming cars aren't dazzled, and things like that.

Oh, and it gets a new diamond radiator grille, a new front bumper with larger air intakes and darkened rear lights. See? Completely brand new.

Prices start at £46,500 for the CLS 220, rising to £87,000 for the CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake. You know which one to pick.

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