We fall in love with the latest new luxury and performance cars, but sadly the reality check often hits with the price tag. With Mercedes-Benz in particular that would seem to happen often.
We have been hearing about the new CLS for quite some time, but the company has been waiting until the last minute to let loose on pricing information. The new CLS marks the first redesign of Mercedes’ pioneering entrant into the sedan segment.
The first-generation CLS has spawned a multitude of copycats and sparked a new segment of coupe-like four-door sedans. Audi is the first manufacturer to really field a direct competitor, with the A7 Sportback that is going on sale as we speak.
The segment proved to be a boon for Mercedes, offering the ability to charge much higher prices for a style conscious model based on the E-Class platform. The company aims to mix things with the second-generation car, offering a bolder design to separate it from the copycats.
The new CLS checks in at $71,300 for the V-8 powered CLS550 model. It is powered by a new 4.6-liter biturbo V-8 making 402 horsepower and 443 pound feet of torque. Next up is the top-shelf CLS63 AMG which dings the cash register to the tune of $94,900. Motivation comes from a 5.5-liter V-8 making 518 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
Also, the redesigned SLK Roadster gets pricing information announced as well, with the SLK350 priced at $54,800. It is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 making 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the CLS550 and CLS63 AMG, the SLK350’s moniker actually corresponds to its engine size.
Thanks to new turbocharged V-8 units from Mercedes that are smaller in displacement, the nomenclature doesn’t correspond with the CLS550 and CLS63. However, for consistency, Mercedes opted to leave their names the same. Both cars go on sale this summer.