2011 Mercedes Benz CL Class Coupe : Luxury and performance

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  • Perfect combinations: equipment packages and driver assistance systems
  • CL600: a masterwork with top-of-the-line equipment
  • Exclusive individuality: the AMG Sports package and designo

For decades now, the great coupes from Mercedes-Benz have represented motoring refinement of the highest level. Exceptional design, craftsmanship and pioneering technology flow together, blending into a style-generating unity. The history of the great two-door cars bearing the three-pointed star goes back to the large supercharged cars of the 1920s and '30s. The new CL-Class generation continues in this great unbroken tradition of automotive masterworks.


With targeted design modifications such as the new, more strongly pointed radiator grille, the new front bumper with integrated LED strips for the daytime running lamps and the standard bi-xenon headlamps, the Mercedes developers cultivated the poise and athleticism expressed in the design language of the two-door car in a contemporary manner. The high-level of technology exemplified by Active Body Control (ABC) with crosswind stabilization in the CL600 sets new standards in driving dynamics and comfort. And with safety systems such as the standard ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, optional Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping assist, and PRE-SAFE® Brake with automatic emergency braking, the CL-Class sets the standard in the luxury coupé class.


This is also true of the engine line-up: the new V8 biturbo engine with a displacement of 4,663 cc, 429 hp output, a torque of 516 lb-ft. and spray-guided direct gasoline injection in the CL550 4MATIC achieves top marks in its class in terms of efficiency. At the same time, output climbs 47 hp compared with the 5.5-litre naturally aspirated engine in the preceding model.


The CL600 with its venerable 5.5-liter biturbo V12 drivetrain, delivers 510 hp and 612 lb-ft. of torque.


The CL600: the summit of driving refinement


Mercedes-Benz stylishly underlines the exceptional status of the twelve-cylinder CL600 with numerous distinguishing features in the exterior and interior. In addition to the model-specific radiator grille with two twin louvers, these include the V12 emblem on the flanks, model-specific, five-spoke 19-inch light-alloy wheels and a wide range of standard equipment.


The Drive-dynamic multicontour seats and the rear seats are upholstered with particularly supple leather, decorated with a special V12 fluting pattern, as is the Alcantara roof liner. Among other things, the upper and lower sections of the dashboard, the door center panels, rear shelf and ruffled pockets on driver and front passenger backrest are covered in this high-quality leather. Apart from the roof liner, the interior trim of the A, B and C pillars is also clothed in Alcantara leather. Luxury head restraints at front and rear bearing the V12 emblem also enhance interior comfort. The V12 symbol on the backrests makes reference to the exclusive character of the vehicle. On entry, the a V12 emblem is displayed in the instrument cluster. Trim elements in fine high-gloss brown poplar wood, chrome-plated door sills and trunk sill, together with the standard ambient lighting, round off the serene character of the Mercedes-Benz CL600.


designo and designo Selection: individual and exclusive


For further individualization, customers can now also choose from a restructured range of designo features for the CL-Class, which further underscore the exclusive hand-finished character of the luxury model. Ten different designo paint finishes can be combined with ten designo aniline leather interiors and four natural leather interiors - with practically no limitations on personal taste. For designo wood trim, customers have a choice between natural-grain maple and natural-grain matte oak. Trim in black piano lacquer and champagne white piano lacquer can also be ordered.


Two kinds of fine authentic granite trim are available for the CL-Class: Labrador blue pearl and Star Galaxy black. These trim elements are made by cutting 0.6 to 0.8 mm thin stone wafers which are then coated with an adhesive layer to ensure that every grain remains exactly where it is. These thin plates are then ground between two rollers. The result is a visually undisturbed, extremely thin stone sheet, pliable thanks to the adhesive layer applied, which enables it to be molded around narrow edges, too.


With designo Selection, Mercedes-Benz is offering a special, high-end package of designo features for the CL-Class. Customers can configure their car according to their personal preferences and taste from the different designo aniline leather upholstery, wood trim elements and paint work available. The highlight is designo lettering in solid 18-carat gold on the rear air conditioning unit cover. This is exclusive to the designo Selection. The designo wood/leather steering wheel and the designo roof liner in black nappa leather or Alcantara in cashmere beige, anthracite or alpaca grey round off the refined atmosphere of the car's interior.


Sport package: CL-Class with a striking sporty character


The Sport package with more aggressive bodystyling and AMG light-alloy wheels gives the luxurious two-door car an even more dynamic look. At the front the newly-designed front apron provides an imposing, muscular appearance. Its distinguishing feature is a tapered air intake with a wider lower edge. The side skirts continue the design of the front bumper, with striking contours that find an echo in the rear apron. The independent rear bumper with a black insert is the perfect finishing touch.


Further highlights include the 19-inch AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in sterling silver. With their broad format 255/40 (front) and 275/40 (rear), not only do they fill the wheel houses perfectly, lending the CL-Class an exceptionally dynamic presence, but also enhance its handling characteristics even more. In addition, silver-color painted brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering on the front emphasize its sporty appearance. The Sport Package Plus One offers the same aggressive bodywork along with a 20-inch twin spoke AMG light-alloy wheels with 255/35 and 275/35 tires.




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