27 July 2010

Merc unleashes new CL63 AMG

Merc unveils its shiny new CL-shaped sovereign ring super-coupe. Power-oversteer fitted as standard

Mercedes Benz CL63 AMG

Merc makes the CL because some folk like an S-Class with two doors. Merc also makes an AMG version because some folk are mad.

This is the new CL63 AMG - Merc's answer to a question that literally a few people asked.

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The gargantuan super-coupe gets a new, hand-built AMG 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 with 571bhp and 663lb ft of pulling power. Which, if you're in the mood for pulling, is considerable.

Using subtle forms of witchcraft and some Big Brains, the CL63 AMG sends its power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed AMG semi-automatic gearbox to hit 62mph in just 4.4 secs, and a top speed of 186mph with the AMG performance pack.

Despite the massive power, the new 5.5-litre V8 - which replaces the 6.3-litre AMG of old - gives 7.4mpg more than before, and emits 29 per cent less CO2.

Still, drive-it-like-you-stole-it and you'll notice the AMG's standard fit Direct-Steer and torque vectoring brake systems, the latter of which gently applies the brake on the inner wheel when cornering.

You get a range of AMG trinkets to trumpet your autobahn-crushing dominance to puny earth-cars, including some rather tasty 19-inch light-alloy wheels.

Sure it's big. You may even think it's ghastly. But - with the right attitude - we think this is a seriously cool car. Agree?

Vijay Pattni

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