The New German Bombshell; Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG

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Thanks to the German performance horse of AMG (aligned as the official tuner of Mercedes-Benz vehicles) has taken Mercedes-Benz vehicles to the absolute limits of street legal performance. Having built one of the more extreme supercars with the SLS AMG, the modern reality is being the fastest is no longer the only consideration. Mercedes-Benz, like all other automakers, wants to tout efficiency in their designs prompting more power from smaller engines. Taking a line from the introduction of the 1970s TV Series ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’, the latest automobile engineers with Mercedes-Benz and AMG are happily saying “we have the technology!”. The newest Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG is a player to the new game.

Said to be inspired by the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar, the latest-generation CLS 63 AMG is given sensible performance styling adjustments. Just the right amount of enhancements to make the AMG treatment obvious, the exterior of this high-performance four-door coupe is first accentuated by special 19-inch titanium gray-painted light alloy wheels. Within a revised front fascia, the side inlets of the lower air dam is given an increased overall opening with the replacement of the regular 2012 CLS’ lighting bars. A full LED headlight system with consisting of a total 71 lamps is standard on all CLS 63 AMG four-door coupes. Mercedes-Benz claims the LED lighting longevity is five times the life of xenon light bulbs. Another notable difference on the CLS 63 AMG over the typical CLS 350 is additional detail made to the hood allowing for an expanded engine bay readying observers for a sensational surprise under that bodywork.

Speculated in a early article, the soul of the new Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG is the new 5.5 liter biturbo V-8 engine. Equipped with two turbochargers and gasoline direct injection, AMG’s 5.5 liter V-8 powerplant. Under European Union NEDC specs, the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG accomplishes 9.9 liters per 100 kilometer range. This new CLS 63 AMG claims a 32 percent over the previous 6.2 liter V-8 engine. It remains to be seen how the new biturbo 5.5 liter V-8 CLS 63 AMG will measure in delivering improved fuel economy on American roads.

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Producing 516 pounds-feet of torque and 527 horsepower, this new engine (amid smaller than the previous CLS 63 AMG model) features a 20 horsepower increase. Impressive, the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG ups its own product’s ante through an AMG Performance Package. Through a bump in turbo boost pressure to 18.85 pounds per square inch (a rough 4 PSI improvement), the AMG Performance Package finds 32 more horsepower inside the 5.5 liter 8-cylinder engine for 557 in total. In either engine power configuration, the new Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG is guided by a 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission. Using a wet-clutch instead of a torque converter, the CLS 63 AMG delivers automatic shifting with ultra fast response. Acceleration of the CLS 63 AMG brings a coupe-like sizzle delivering 0 to 62 mile per hour times of 4.4 seconds with the 527 horsepower engine or 4.3 seconds when the AMG Performance Package is equipped.

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As well as providing slightly better launches, the AMG Performance Package on the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG adds a performance-oriented AMG RIDE CONTROL, rear locking differential, a real carbon fiber rear spoiler and ceramic braking system. Some interior touches with the AMG Performance Package includes carbon fiber/black piano inserts as well as a special steering wheel with Alcantara grips.

Even without the AMG Performance Package, the new Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG four passenger interior is still quite remarkable. Special nappa leather seating and aluminum shifter paddles is along the four-door coupe’s crowning touches inside the high-quality cabin. PARKTRONIC and NightView Assist Plus is optional as electronic driving aids to the luxuriously held motorist. In worst case scenario, the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG protects passengers with 9 airbags standard and a total of 11 available if a buyer chooses the optional side-rear airbag system.

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A Mercedes-Benz Electronic Stability Program features three stages of potential intervention. Offering “ESP ON” and “ESP OFF” function, the CLS 63 AMG also incorporates an “ESP SPORT” mode which allows a driver to enjoy an increased sense input before the electronic controls act. A more unique safety/convenience feature is a brake HOLD Function on the four-door coupe. At a stop, the driver needs only to press firmly on the brake pedal once to effectively locks the CLS 63 AMG without requiring a continuing foot plant.

With the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS planned for release this year, expect the AMG version to quickly follow suit to the marketplace.

Information and photo source: Mercedes-Benz