Official pics and details on the new Mercedes CL63 AMG, as well as the new CL65 AMG

Mercedes-Benz has lifted the veil on a new, more powerful CL63 AMG, less than a month after revealing a raft of changes to standard versions of its range topping coupe.

Set to go on sale in the UK later this year, the up-market performance coupe receives a series of mid-life styling tweaks, including larger headlamps, a restyled grille, more heavily contoured bonnet and re-profiled bumpers – all aimed at providing the CL63 AMG with added appeal against stiff competition from the likes of the Bentley Continental GT and the newly refreshed Aston Martin DB9.

See the official pics of the new Mercedes CL63 AMG

It’s under the bonnet, however, where the most significant changes are concentrated. In place of the outgoing CL63 AMG’s naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 is a new twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 – as previewed at the Geneva motor show earlier this year.

With 536bhp at 5500rpm and 590lb ft at 2000rpm in its standard state of tune, the new engine develops 18bhp and 126lb ft more than its predecessor. As part of a new marketing strategy instigated by Mercedes-Benz, buyers can also specify a performance package that lifts the CL63 AMG’s output to an impressive 563bhp and 633lb ft.

Channeling the new engine’s prodigious reserves to the rear wheels is AMG’s seven speed MCT (multi clutch transmission). Based on the seven-speed automatic used in the superseded CL63 AMG, it replaces the torque converter with an automatically operated clutch for more rapid shifts in both automatic and manual modes.

Read more on the rest of the new Mercedes CL range

Mercedes-Benz claims the new 2060kg CL63 AMG hits 62mph in 4.5sec and a top speed of 155mph – or 4.4sec and 186mph when running the optional performance package.

With new fuel saving features such as automatic stop/start and an improved brake energy regeneration system that serves to automatically decouple the alternator under acceleration, it’s also claimed to return 26.9mpg on the combined cycle for a CO2 rating of 244g/km. By comparison the old CL63 AMG was rated at 19.5mpg and 346g/km.

Planned to go on sale at the same time as the powered up CL63 AMG in the UK is a revised version of the CL65 AMG.

It receives much the same visual changes but retains its existing twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 engine with 621bhp and 737lb ft – sufficient to endow the big 2170kg coupe with the same 0-62mph time of 4.5sec and limited 155mph top speed as the CL63 AMG, albeit with a combined 19.8mpg and 334g/km.

Greg Kable

See all the latest Mercedes CL reviews, news and video

Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz CL
Range-topping Mercedes-Benz coupe perfect for empty nester company directors wanting to drive rather than be driven

The Mercedes-Benz CL borrows much from the S-Class, so it's going to be good. But just how good?

Join the debate

Comments
13

24 July 2010

Its a bit of a shame they have ditched the epic 6.2l V8 that thing is such a beast and sounds amazing. But you can't argue with the massive gains in efficiency that the new turbo engine brings. There is something a little Bentleyish about the back end that I am not too keen on but thats just my view.

24 July 2010

I had a CL63 and the reason I got rid of it was because it was practically undriveable in the wet. It was permanently driving on traction control. Not good. Epicly fast in the dry and awesomely comfortable. The sound was amazing and I expect AMG will have seen to that on the new one too.

24 July 2010

[quote Sapphire and Steel]I had a CL63 and the reason I got rid of it was because it was practically undriveable in the wet. It was permanently driving on traction control. Not good. Epicly fast in the dry and awesomely comfortable. The sound was amazing and I expect AMG will have seen to that on the new one too.[/quote]

Merc seemed to have cured this by giving it another 100lb/ft of torque! Just what it needs!

24 July 2010

My favourite Merc, the CL. It's an imposing looking brute.

Sapphire, are you saying the traction control of your car didn't work well enough in the wet to make the car driveable?

24 July 2010

That car looks epic, and more subtle than the old car, withl less aggressiveness and more flow on the exterior. One thing I dislike are the reverse lamps on the sides of the number plate area and the all-red tail-lamps. Those look totally American, and it looks a bit like, may I dare say, a Lincoln town car.

24 July 2010

[quote Overdrive]

My favourite Merc, the CL. It's an imposing looking brute.

Sapphire, are you saying the traction control of your car didn't work well enough in the wet to make the car driveable?

[/quote] I don't think any traction control will work well enough to deal with that amount of power.

25 July 2010

[quote Sapphire and Steel]I had a CL63 and the reason I got rid of it was because it was practically undriveable in the wet.[/quote] On a serious point regarding the car, the new version 5.5 twin turbo V8, with stop start technology, more efficient than the old old one etc.etc...As an owner of the old one (the only owner I know of) was one of the reason you got rid of it the economy? I would find it hard to believe it was.

I would have thought if one has enough cash to purchase the car, an extra couple of miles to the gallon are of no consequence in the real world. Whilst efforts to be greener should be noted, is it not simply a gimmick in a car of this nature? Whilst perusing the brochure for you purchase, did you first look at the MPG before deciding to part with your cash? Honest answers please, I have had a couple of gas guzzling monsters in my time, and the economy was not the reason I got rid of them or the reason I bought them.

25 July 2010

So what is the point of the CL65 is the powered up CL63 is faster, lighter and more economical? Surely they might as well drop it now?

25 July 2010

[quote WheresMyElectricCar]So what is the point of the CL65 is the powered up CL63 is faster, lighter and more economical? Surely they might as well drop it now?[/quote]

The V12 has always been reported as extremely smooth - turbine like - compared to the V8. There will always be a limited number of people willing to pay extra for a V12, even if it has no performance benefit. So long as there are enough buyers to justify the expense of development and manufacture, then Daimler will no doubt keep making it.

25 July 2010

[quote WheresMyElectricCar]So what is the point of the CL65 [/quote]

China. Mumbai. The Gulf. Wall St. Squillionaire kleptocrats everywhere.

It's business, but you do wonder where we're headed.

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Mercedes C350e Sport
    First Drive
    28 September 2016
    Petrol-electric C-Class is a surprisingly well-priced alternative to a diesel but not the greatest example of the new ‘PHEV’ breed
  • Car review
    23 September 2016
    Aston kicks off its ‘second century plan’ with an all-new turbo V12 grand tourer
  • Ford Ka+ 1.2 Ti-VCT 85
    First Drive
    22 September 2016
    A rounded, refined and well-sorted bargain supermini – once you’re used to the confusing role redefinition imposed on the once-cheeky Ka
  •  Maserati Ghibli Diesel
    First Drive
    22 September 2016
    Maserati releases another range of updates for its range best seller, the Ghibli. We've driven the diesel version, but there's little improvement on before
  • Tipo Front
    First Drive
    21 September 2016
    New Fiat Tipo offers impressive space and practicality for a reasonable price. We try the 1.6 diesel on the demanding roads of North Wales