2010 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class | new car review

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 by








If you’ve always wanted the luxury and performance of an S-Class executive sedan, but just couldn’t live with the four-door layout, then the CL-Class is the car for you.

Using the aforementioned executive barge as its base, the CL redefines just how large a two-door can really be. It’s been around since 2006 and could be considered to be the Mercedes rival to the Bentley Continental GT.

For such a large car, it’s extremely well-designed – one key feature is the lack of B-pillar, meaning that you can drop all four windows to create an uninterrupted void that runs from the windscreen all the way back to the aft or the rear seats. It has quite a presence on the road, therefore if you’re looking for something that garners respect and you don’t want an SUV then the CL might just be for you.

Unlike the S-Class, where it’s much better to sit in the back than at the front, the CL is all about the driving performance. The lowliest CL on offer is the CL 500 which comes with a 388bhp 5.5-litre V8, however most buyers within this part of the world take their pick from the two AMG versions on offer.

The lesser of the two is the CL 63 AMG, which has to make do with a 6.2-litre V8 that produced 525bhp, but for sheer extravagance it has to be the CL 65 AMG. There may only be only digit difference on the name, but these two AMG models are very different animals. The 65 features on the all-time great engines list – a 6.0-litre V12 with 612bhp. Performance is rather spectacular. But then you’d really hope so given the near one million dirham price tag.

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