Mercedes Benz CL63 AMG 2006


Naturally, the wizards at AMG, Mercedes’ in-house hot rod shop, couldn’t wait to get their hands on the S-Class-based CL. But rather than breathing more fire into the CL550’s 5.5-liter V8, AMG developed the CL63’s all-aluminum, smooth-as-silk 514-horsepower 6.3-liter V8 in-house.mercedes_benz_cl63_amg_1_2006-2.jpg

The AMG-exclusive four-cam alloy V8 features variable camshaft adjustment, a highly rigid closed-deck crankcase, revolutionary new friction-fighting cylinder coating and oversized bucket tappets to suit its high-revving valve train. Its electronically controlled fuel injection system borrows from Mercedes-Benz practice, but incorporates new components to match this engine’s performance potential. (Need we remind you that this is a normally aspirated power plant?) If need be, forced induction can (and perhaps will some day?) loft its output to well over 600 hp. Meanwhile, we’re not complaining.


A stock CL550 packs 382 hp and 391 pound-feet of torque. The CL63’s 6,208cc V8 makes 514 hp and a whopping 465 lb-ft of deep-seated torque, which makes it the world’s most powerful, normally aspirated, series production V8. In other words, the CL63 really doesn’t care which gear it’s in; it’ll boogie whenever you stomp on it.

The precise Speedshift 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox lets you match moods and roads with paddle-shifted Comfort, Manual and hyper-quick Sport (our favorite) settings. The Manual setting shifts 50-percent faster than the Comfort mode, 30-percent faster than the Sport mode, and lets you stay in your chosen gear at wide-open throttle and at kick down, so you get every bit of that horsepower, when you want it.


Fire it up and a basso-profundo, un-Merc-like rumble from a quartet of oversize exhausts hints of wickedness under its sharply raked hood. Although the CL63 AMG gives away 36 hp to the Bentley Continental GT W12, Mercedes says it trounces the heftier Brit GT to 60 mph by 0.4 second and is just as quick in that sprint as the lighter BMW M6. The last M6 we tested hit 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. Even better, Benz says the CL63 AMG is nearly as swift to 100 mph as Ferrari’s 612 Scaglietti, for about half the sticker.

Like many German high-liners, this car’s top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph, but you can opt for a Porsche-chasing performance package with a 186-mph limit.


As befitting Stuttgart’s range-topper, every conceivable handling and stability aid is standard, starting with improved Active Body Control (ABC), combined with AMG’s supple-but-sweetly-firm sport suspension. The steering is precise, spot-on center and very consistent. Toss this big baby into a long sweeper, as we did on bitchin’ Bavarian back roads and you’ll be amazed. There’s no sturm, no drang, and virtually no body roll or frantic tire squeal from the huge 20-inch Yokohamas — just great grip and plenty of it.

A special AMG-developed high-performance braking system uses unique twin sliding calipers for the front brakes, single sliding calipers for the rears. The CL63 AMG’s massive, fade-resistant brake rotors (15.6-inch front, 14.6-inch rear) are made of lightweight, race-inspired composite material, yielding outstanding sensitivity and surprisingly short stopping distances, time after time. ABS, brake assist and adaptive braking are all included.


We hustled the new CL63 AMG through tortuous mountain passes from Kitzbuhl, Austria, to Munich, Germany, reveling in this big coupe’s ability to accelerate smartly, shrink distances, and entertain us royally with its split-second shifting and deeply satisfying exhaust note.

AMG’s stylists ensured you won’t mistake their CL for the tamer Stuttgart version. There’s a big fishmouth air intake under the grille, smart-looking titanium-painted headlamp lenses, distinctive aerodynamic side skirts, unique taillamps and rear fascia wrapped in an eye-pleasing wedge shape that’s reminiscent of M-B’s delicious CLS sedan-coupe. Inside, swathed in Passion leather, whether you choose walnut or aluminum trim, you’re enveloped in luxury.

On sale next June for an estimated $125,000, the limited-production 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG will raise the supercoupe bar, for just a few hundred enthusiasts. Better get in line.

When the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG drove onto the Paris stage, there wasn’t any doubt — it looked nearly perfect. This car wears AMG’s new look as if it were designed that way from Day One — and to some degree, it was. Unlike some earlier AMG vehicles that were modified well after the standard versions were already on sale, the AMG team led by Chairman Volker Mornhinweg had their hand in the development of this CL right from the start. “Our customers have told us that they want the cars to be even more unique. Nothing too drastic, but enough so that knowledgeable enthusiasts will recognize it is an AMG,” Volker told us after the introduction.

Like most recent AMG models, the CL63 gets Mercedes’ new 6.2-liter, normally aspirated V8. Tuned to produce 525 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in this application, the power runs to the rear wheels through Mercedes’ own seven-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes claims a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds.


A set of striking 20-inch double-spoke wheels are wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza tires that look barely big enough to fit around the rims. The reprogrammed version of Mercedes’ latest Active Body Control system puts the big wheels and tires to good use, as it’s able to virtually eliminate body roll through constant adjustment of the dampers. High-performance brakes utilize a unique sliding caliper design in front and composite rotors at each corner for optimum heat resistance.

Another area of importance stressed by Mornhinweg is the CL63’s interior. “Customers in this price range want more than just performance; they want even more luxury as well.” All CL63s get AMG sport seats covered in unique leather and aluminum shift paddles that rest behind the thicker sport steering wheel. A unique analog clock design and brushed aluminum door sills are also part of the package.


The new Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition that has been developed in close alliance with the British Formula 1 specialists McLaren is brimming with thoroughbred racing credentials. For Mercedes-Benz, the name was an obvious choice for the new model variant which evokes memories of the unforgettable victory achieved in 1955 by the British motor-racing legend Stirling Moss and his co-pilot Dennis Jenkinson at Mille Miglia – the classic Italian endurance race – behind the wheel of a Mercedes Benz 300 SLR with start number 722 (denoting the car’s start time of 7.22 a.m.). The new SLR McLaren 722 Edition super sports car has been developed in response to the desire expressed by the brand’s most discerning customers for even greater sportiness without losing any of the car’s impressive everyday practicality. Under the bonnet is a supercharged 5.5-litre V8 powerplant generating 478 kW/650 hp that endows the high-end sports car with truly devastating performance: the SLR 722 Edition completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a breathtaking 3.6 seconds, with the speedometer needle passing the 200 km/h mark in a mere 10.2 seconds and 300 km/h in just 28.0 seconds. The acceleration times surpass the figures for the successful SLR – which will continue to be built – as does the top speed of 337 km/h.

Mercedes-Benz is presenting a broad cross-section of product firsts and technical innovations at this year’s Paris Motor Show. Exclusive high-performance models such as the CL 63 AMG and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition super sports car are celebrating their world premiere here. The latest version of the CL-Class is making its public debut under the slogan “The Virtuoso Luxury Coupé”. Highlights being exhibited on the premium brand’s stand also include the completely redeveloped 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system, which is receiving its first outing in the S-Class. The advent of the S 320 CDI 4MATIC sees Mercedes-Benz offer all-wheel drive in combination with diesel power for the first time in the S Class. Also on show are the standard-specification E-Class models which will be embarking on the remarkable Paris-Beijing endurance rally.

Scribbled on December 25th 2007 in Mercedes-Benz
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