AMG version of four-door coupe gunning for next BMW M5
16 October 2009

The AMG version of Mercedes’ next CLS has been lapping the Nurburgring again to fine-tune the suspension settings.

The current car, which was a pioneer for the four-door coupe market, is set to be replaced next year and this car will go head to head with BMW’s next M5.

Expect the same 6208cc V8 as the E63 AMG to nestle under the bonnet, with 518bhp and 465lb ft of torque connected to the SL63’s Speedshift MCT seven-speed ’box.

In visual terms Mercedes will play it safe with the CLS replacement, giving its styling an evolutionary step forward instead of any radical changes.

As such, the CLS will retain the low-roofed four-door coupe looks, but it will gain LED lights and technology from the latest E-class.

The AMG CLS will get bigger brakes and wheels, and an aggressive body kit, while four exhausts poke out from the rear to complete the AMG package.

The new CLS is expected to be revealed next year and the AMG version should be here by 2011.

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16 October 2009

the current cls63amg is simply stunning! any chance of a black series mercedes?

16 October 2009

[quote Autocar]The current car, which was a pioneer for the four-door coupe market, is set to be replaced next year and this car will go head-to-head with BMW’s next M5.
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Do BMW still offer a manual gearbox in the M5? If they do then this car simply never will be going 'head to head' with it. I want the hearse that eventually takes me to the crem to be manual as I'm still (at 55) not willing to be seen dead in an auto.

PaulJ

16 October 2009

[quote Autocar]The current car, which was a pioneer for the four-door coupe market, is set to be replaced next year and this car will go head-to-head with BMW’s next M5.

Expect the same 6208cc V8 as the E63 AMG to nestle under the bonnet, with 518bhp and 465lb ft of torque connected to the SL63’s Speedshift MCT seven-speed ’box.[/quote]

the M5 will still be the better car when these 2 go head to head, in terms of performace etc

1. Why are merc still using the same 6.2 V8 in this new CLS, why not develop a new twin turbo v8/ unit like the M5 will have. We already know the M5 will have more power and torque so its won that round

2. Merc need to downsize the 6.2 to save weight i think somthing like a 3.0 v6 twin turbo unit or somthing like that would be great, if nissan can get 470 + out of a engine less then 4.0 lts using twin turbo merc should be able to match that.

3.I would say the E class AMG is more of a rivial to the M5,

Overall in terms of style, luxury, elegence the merc will win hands down

16 October 2009

[quote Paul J]Do BMW still offer a manual gearbox in the M5?[/quote]

Not in the UK, i have a feeling they do in germany, i might be wrong however.

16 October 2009

All the other reports say the new CLS will actually have a 5.5L Twin-Turbo V8 with around 550BHP (similar to the forthcoming M5).

16 October 2009

[quote CAT3]

All the other reports say the new CLS will actually have a 5.5L Twin-Turbo V8 with around 550BHP (similar to the forthcoming M5).

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if that is true, then the CLS will be able to beat the M5 in the power stakes

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