The Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake has made a surprise public appearance at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed
30 June 2012

Mercedes has teased visitors to the Goodwood Festival of Speed with a shock preview of the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake. The performance variant comes just hours after Mercedes pulled the wraps off the standard Shooting Brake.

The CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, shown here wearing a thin disguise, was driven on Goodwood’s hillclimb by ex-DTM champion Bernd Schneider.

No official information has been announced, but it is expected the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake will be powered by the same 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged motor as the saloon version. With a modest weight increase over the saloon, the Shooting Brake should achieve a 0-62mph time of around 4.5sec and a limited 155mph top speed.

The hot Shooting Brake appears to share aggressive AMG bodystyling with the saloon version, including deeper front and rear bumpers, and AMG alloy wheels.

As with the regular CLS 63, it will be built at Mercedes’ Sindelfingen plant near Stuttgart.

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30 June 2012

I feel that this car is filling a gap in the market that doesn't really exist. If you want an estate, then there's the E-Class. If you want a smaller estate, then there is the C-Class.

Maybe next week the SLS estate, the S-Class Estate and the SLK estate will be revealed, just to make sure every base is covered.

30 June 2012

Don't be so harsh on yourself, buddy. I am 22 and I think exactly the same thing as you do. But with the arrival of the XF estate, which in my opinion is the most gorgeus estate on the market, Mercedes had to come up with a contender against it and not lose a precious market share.

30 June 2012

That is very true, and I agree that the XF Sportbrake is a stunning looking car.

The other thing is that a CLS Estate is going to be very exclusive, whereas you see a fair few E- and C-Classes about. The XF has become remarkably common, yet still looks fantastic. I think a fair few people will replace their German estates with the XF because it has so much more character.

Not a problem for me, the more XFs on the road the better - I'll have more chance of getting a job after university Smile

1 July 2012

Nitpick, but I thought shooting brakes were strictly 3-door? Maybe call this a brake coupe??

1 July 2012

I think it looks brilliant, and the engine appears to be very good.

1 July 2012

I can't believe that - what with its low, sleek shape - this is more capacious than a 5-Series Touring and an A6 Avant. It looks far better and has brilliant engines.

My dad recently replaced his E350CDI estate with a CLS350CDI saloon, and I think it's an awesome car, and it's great to drive as well. When he sees this Shooting Brake, I reckon he'll want one desparately!

1 July 2012

I saw and didn't even give it a second glance. Good job I'm not in its target demographic!

  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

1 July 2012

Looks like an Inisgnia estate...with that drooping beltline. 

1 July 2012

Its an ugly disproportionate abomination

what's life without imagination

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