MERCEDES BENZ CL AMG
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
If by some entirely strange reasons you find the regular CL 55 AMG rather dull than screamingly sporty, it;s probably high time you looked for another car.
Of course, not just any car but another AMG. Dubbed the F1 and build in limited numbers, this AMG tuned vehicle may be more than enough to fuel your ego, for a “nominal” fee, certainly. What’s truly special about this car is its F1-like breaking system comprising high performance internally ventilated carbon-fiber reinforced ceramic discs. The discs which, which are by the way 60% lighter than conventional cast iron ones, are mated to 8 piston Brembo supplied calipers each, for optimum break responsiveness. Furthermore, the proprieties of the construction materials allow the breaks to work properly at temperatures as high as 1400 degrees Celsius. Not only that the car can accelerate and decelerate almost instantaneously but it also looks ravishing thanks to the unique AMG-signature blend of style and sportiness, complete with carbon fiber finishes and lighted door sills among many others.
The 2011 model year CL63 and CL65 won’t necessarily be spotted immediately by an untrained eye, as the exterior changes featured on the two vehicles are subtle.
However, while the designers seem to have treated the vehicles as week-end projects, the engineers used a “nine to five” approach, so expect to find big changes under the hood.
The CL63 AMG has ditched the naturally aspirated 6.2 liter V8 for a more efficient 5.5 liter unit that uses twin-turbocharging, with the latter offering two power levels. The basic one, if we can call it so, delivers 536 hp and a maximum torque of 590 lb-ft, while the addition of the optional AMG Performance Package ups the output to 563 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque.
The engine is matted to a Speedshift seven-speed automatic gearbox and takes the big coupe past the 62 mph mark in 4.4 seconds (the AMG Performance Pack cuts 0.1s off that time). Even though the new CL is faster than the model it replaces, it manges to offer a 27% efficiency increase.
As for the supreme CL65 AMG, this has kept its twin-turbo 6.0 liter V12 powerplant, but the engine has received a 17 hp power premium, offering the driver 621 hp and 738 lb ft of torque to play with.
Mercedes now offers a richer standard features list for both models, with the additions including the Direct-Steer system, a vectoring-toque braking system and others.
More power, reduced fuel consumption and still a comfy and luxurious car.
As we already know, AMG models are typically the most expensive and highest-performing variants of each MB model.
The facelifted premium coupe had a starting price of $151,500 in the U.S., and with the Performance Pack option would go up to $158,800.
The CL lacked the B pillar and gave passengers the feeling of airiness, mostly when the windows were open. As comfy as this car might be, it was a bit difficult to access the rear seats – even with the front seats maximally scooched forward. Comparison to its predecessor, the facelift brought a few design changes, as both the front and rear bumper, front grille and headlights were revamped.
The new engine powering the model was a 5.5-liter bi-turbo V8 and was based on a Mercedes-Benz design, unlike the previous version, which had a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 designed in-house by AMG. The new one develops 544 horsepower and up to 571 HP with the optional Performance Pack. It could reach 60 mph (97kph) in 4.4 seconds, aided by a 7-speed automatic transmission.
The car is equipped with a 8” LCD screen, a Comand infotainment system, and most of its settings can be managed through it. A generous array of standard safety items was implemented: seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters, dual stage front airbags, active neck-pro head restraints, attention assist (tracks eye movement and driving patterns indicating fatigue), adaptive high-beams, etc.).
In 2007, Mercedes-Benz and AMG celebrated 40 years of partnership.
To celebrate that, the CL was presented with a special model: the CL65 offered as a 40th-anniversary edition as well.
The CL65 AMG was a big Gran Tourer vehicle built as the coupe version for the S-Class. Even though it didn’t share the same look, it was built for the same customers. For those who wanted to travel in the same luxury, but with them behind the wheel, not behind the driver.
The CL65 featured a long hood and streamlined roof sloped to the rear. The twin-round headlights design was started with the E-Class in the late ’90s and it was adopted by the C-Class, the CLK, and the CL but not on the S-Class. The car didn’t feature a B-pillar and made the car look like a faux-cabriolet when both the front and rear windows were rolled down. On the front fenders, the car featured chromed V12 Biturbo badges with
The interior was fitted with the highest quality materials and the latest technologies available at that time. There was a new premium infotainment unit with a navigation system and premium sound. The leather seats were heated and cooled. Despite being a very powerful car, it wasn’t fitted with carbon-fiber trims, but with wood grain. The instrument cluster featured an advanced design with float-like needles. In the tachometer, the AMG V12 Biturbo was shown on white letters.
Under the hood, there was a big 6.0-liter bi-turbo engine. It was limited to 1000 Nm (737 lb-ft) of torque because that was the maximum the 5G-Tronic gearbox could stand. The 7G-Tronic was available on other CL models, but it couldn’t stand that huge torque. It was produced in only 777 units before it was withdrawn from the market.
It was the big, true Grand tourer car from the Mercedes-Benz.
It was big, luxurious, expensive and, on top of that, very fast. The 2007 CL 63 AMG was a car someone would drive on long distances, with superior comfort and performance.
Basically, the 2007 CL was the S-Class coupe of its era. It was based on the same platform, with about the same price tag but dedicated to the front passengers. It had enough room in the back for two passengers, but most of the time the rear seats were unused.
The AMG version featured a distinctive double-blade grille and a different front bumper with larger air-intakes to help to cool the engine and the brakes. The flared wheel-arches gave the vehicle a wider look, even if it wasn’t necessary since the car was already wide. The greenhouse was an arch from the hood to the trunk lid.
Inside, the car featured all the luxury the Mercedes-Benz had on its warehouse. Gazillion adjustments for the front seats included those for the side support, lumbar area, lower seat side support, and so on. It looked like the seats needed their own handbook just to operate them. The same was with the infotainment system. It wasn’t a touch-screen, but it had a rotary knob on the center console.
Under the hood there was a big, naturally aspirated V8. It could breathe out through four large exhausts in the back. It was mated with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox that could shift smoothly when the car was set on comfort mode, or swiftly when in the sport mode. To keep up with the heavy car, the Mercedes-Benz engineers installed a pneumatically adjustable system named ABC (Active Body Control) to improve the handling.
It was one of the most exclusive AMG models ever.
Only 40 vehicles were built, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Mercedes-Benz CL.
It was easy to differentiate the “40th Anniversary” model from any other CL 65 AMG. The silver paint looked different. A different paint method made the car look like it was dressed in liquid metal and stretched all over the body. It was an AMG special and had the Alubeam Paint Finish name.
The 2007 CL65 AMG featured a large grille on the bumper and two air-scoops on the sides to cool the engine and the brakes. To light the road ahead, dual-xenon headlights were installed. Two chromed stripes were horizontally placed on the grille, supporting the big, round, Mercedes-Benz badge in the middle. The side sills were sculpted to improve the air-flow. In the rear, two twin-oval exhausts were coming under the bumper. The big, 20” light-alloy wheels had a specific AMG twin-spoke design.
Under the long hood was a twin-turbo V12 engine. Its massive torque was electronically limited to 1000 Nm (737.5 lb-ft) due to the gearbox limitation. The torque was just too big for the sturdy 5G-Tronic gearbox. The CL 65 AMG featured the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 5-Speed Auto with Steering-Wheel Shift Paddle. To stop the car, 390 mm (15.3”) upfront and 365 mm (14.3”) rear composite blind-drilled brake discs were installed.
Mercedes-Benz had a long history in building luxury coupe vehicles and the CL was one of them.
But in 2003 they went all the way and give the car an AMG treatment.
Before the S-Class name was born, most of the top versions of the Mercedes-Benz cars were available in coupe or cabriolet versions. They were equipped with the same engines and transmissions as their four-door brothers. The CL was considered an S-Class coupe at the time when it was launched, even if it didn’t share the same exterior look.
At the front, the CL65 AMG featured four round headlights, that were about to be installed in the E-Class and, a year later on the second generation of the CLK. That four-round headlights design was adopted on the C-Class, the E-Class, and on both generations of the CLK. The front of the car also featured an AMG bumper, with a special design with a large air-dam in the middle and two side pods where the fog lights were installed.
Inside, the CL 65 AMG featured the same elegant interior as its brothers, but there were few differences. On the instrument cluster, on the tachometer, the AMG V12 Biturbo white-on-black printing appeared. The front seats were bolstered and featured many adjustments, including the height of the lateral support.
Under the hood, there was the same bi-turbo V12 engine from the S-Class and the SL-Class. It was mated to the 5G-Tronic gearbox. The driver could have change the gears via two buttons installed behind the steering wheel. The paddle shifters appeared later.
As with the previous model, the quadruple head-lighted menace delivers a sting of pleasure only at the thought of getting behind the wheel.
Based on a heavily modified S-Klasse chassis in order to match its coupe size and performance, the 2002 CL came as a vehicle packed with electronics, such as the Automatic Body Control system which keeps the car at a constant level no matter the circumstances. Furthermore, the car can run and its acceleration time stands proof of that: 0-60 mph in under 6 seconds, 5.7 to be precise which is more than enough to make you go “Wow!”.
By the 2000s, Mercedes-Benz was the only German carmaker that offered a true Grand Tourer coupe, and besides the regular versions, it provided an AMG-tuned one that could be more than just a trans-continental comfortable ride.
After BMW stopped the 8-Series, Mercedes-Benz was left alone on the niche-market of Grand Tourer vehicles. The CL C215 was a true personal luxury coupe built for long distances that could offer the same comfort level as an S-Class. Since it was a car focused on the driver, the carmaker decided to add an AMG version: the 55 AMG.
Its double-headlights design matched the line introduced by the E-Class W210 and continued by the CLK C208 and the C-Class W203, but with a more refined look. In AMG clothing, it sported an A-shaped lower bumper that wore a pair of oval fog lights. Its three-slats grille that supported the big, three-pointed-star logo was different than the rest of the C215 range. The aerodynamic package continued with sculptured rocker-panels and, in the back, a tiny lip on the trunk lid and a specific bumper design.
Inside, the carmaker showed its respect to its customers and installed a luxurious, well-equipped cabin. The customer could choose between wood-trims and carbon-fiber trims for the interior. Its front bucket-seats offered a mix of comfort and sporty feeling due to their side bolstering.
The 1999 CL 55 was the first AMG special for the big, luxury coupes built by Mercedes-Benz. Besides the supercharged V-8 engine, the Gran Tourer featured standard adaptive suspension that reduced body roll and a five-speed automatic transmission with a Steptronic system. That allowed the driver to manually select the gears by tilting the gear-selector left or right.