Mercedes-Benz has followed the unveiling of the strking CLS Shooting Brake by showing off the flagship AMG-fettled version.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, a prototype of which made a surprise moving appearance at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, is powered by the 5.5-litre V8 lifted from the saloon version of the hot CLS.
Mated to AMG’s seven-speed automatic transmission, the 518bhp, 516lb ft powerplant covers 0-62mph in 4.4sec and hits a restricted top speed of 155mph.
A limited-availability ‘Edition 1’ version is equipped with a performance package that pushes power to 549bhp and 590lb ft and is 0.1sec quicker to 62mph. Both power units consume a claimed 27.9mpg on the combined cycle, which corresponds to a CO2 output of 235g/km.
The AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed gearbox has four transmission modes: an eco-friendly Controlled Efficiency mode, Sport, Sport Plus and Manual.
Compared with the standard CLS Shooting Brake, the CLS 63 AMG version gets AMG Ride Control sports suspension with steel struts on the front axle and air struts on the rear, as well as automatic level control and electronically controlled damping.
There are also three modes to the suspension set-up – Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus – and adjustable ESP settings. The car also gets AMG front and rear axles, a 59mm-wider front track and uprated steering.
Lightweight 19in AMG triple-spoke alloys come as standard, while braking comes via 360mm ventilated and perforated discs all round. AMG ceramic brakes are available as an option.
Externally, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake is distinguished from the standard car by a bespoke front apron and bonnet and an AMG radiator grille. It also gets broader front wings with ‘V8 Biturbo’ lettering, a rear diffuser and sports exhausts with twin chrome tailpipes.
The interior gets AMG sports seats in Nappa leather, Piano Black lacquer trim and an AMG leather steering wheel.
Optional extras include a wooden boot floor and a host of equipment from the AMG Performance Studio, including an exterior carbonfibre package, a rear axle differential lock and illuminated AMG door sill panels.
The CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake will be launched in November. UK pricing and full specification details are still to be confirmed, but a price of about £83,000 is expected.