2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 At a Glance ; Believe unbridled power is the only way to go? The AMG model’s 5.5-liter V-8 comes in two blow-your-face-off variations, producing either 518 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque or 550 hp and 590 lb-ft. Positively animalistic.
As tested, my CLS63 with the AMG performance package (which adds the extra power), came to $123,525. That’s a price with a nasty bite. Mileage is 15 city and 22 highway.
During the first half of a long day’s drive around that grassy place known as Connecticut, I left the sports stuff alone. With the suspension and drive select in comfort modes, the engine was quiet, the ride cosseting, the cabin quiet.
It gave me time to assess the interior. It fits four, though backseat occupants only moderately comfortably. Carbon- fiber accents are attractive, yet the Alcantara-covered steering wheel felt too slick in my hands.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 At a Glance
Engine: 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 with 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.
Transmission: Seven-speed automated.
Speed: 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.
Gas mileage per gallon: 15 city; 22 highway.
Price as tested (with performance package): $123,525.
Best features: Ferocious performance, good manners.
Worst features: Seats only four; old navigation system.
Target buyer: The driver who wants a four door that canstay in the hunt.
Engine AMG 5.5-liter direct injection biturbo V8 engine
518 (550) hp @ 5,500 rpm
516 (590) lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,500 rpm
Acceleration (0 – 60 mph) in just 4.4s
Turbo Boost: 14.5 (18.8) psi
24-Hour Roadside Assistance Program
Steel Reinforced Cabin with Front and Rear Crumple Zones
3-Point Seatbelts with Pre-tensioners and Force Limiters
Front Dual Stage Airbags
Front Side Airbags
Front Pelvic Airbags
Front and RearSide Window Airbags
Dual Front Knee Airbags*
NECK-PRO Active Head Restraints
4-Wheel Disc Brakes with ABS & BAS
GPS Navigation with 40GB Hard-Drive
Bluetooth interfacePower Tilt Sliding Sunroof with One Touch Open & Close
Full Leather Interior
Burl Walnut Wood Trim
shift paddles on Multifunction Leather Sport Steering Wheel
4-Way Power Tilt with Telescoping Steering Column
14-way Power Adjustable Seats with 3 Position Memory for Seats, Steering Column and Exterior Mirrors, Multi contour seat of driver
14-Speaker Harman/kardon LOGIC7 Surround Sound System with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
HD Digital Radio
In-dash 6-disc DVD/CD Changer
In-dash SD Card Reader
iPod and MP3 Media Interface
SIRIUS Satellite Radio