First official pics and details of the new AMG that will pack up to 549bhp and 590lb ft of torque
18 November 2010

Mercedes-Benz is out to raise the stakes with its rapid new CLS63 AMG — the third model to receive its torque-laden twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8.

The aggressively styled four-door, pictured here officially for the first time having made its public premiere at today’s Los Angeles motor show, is scheduled to enter production next year. It will go on sale in the UK next May.

The new twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8, first revealed in March, has been conceived to replace AMG’s naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8.

See the official pics of the new Mercedes CLS63 AMG - now updated with LA show pics

The new engine will be offered in two states of tune. In standard guise, it kicks out 518bhp and 516lb ft of torque at 1750rpm. This gives the new CLS63 an additional 9bhp and 52lb ft over its predecessor.

However, a performance package will lift those outputs to 549bhp and 590lb ft at 2000rpm. The heady reserves are channelled to the rear through AMG’s seven-speed MCT gearbox.

Mercedes claims 0-62mph in 4.4sec in S (for Sport) and M (for Manual) modes — and 4.3sec with the optional performance package. Top speed remains limited to 155mph but an optional driver’s package can be ordered, which raises it to 186mph.

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The CLS63 also gets a stop-start system that operates in tandem with brake energy recuperation, allowing AMG to decouple the alternator for stronger acceleration and lower consumption. Provisional figures put combined fuel consumption at 28.5mpg and CO2 emissions at 232g/km, which better the old model’s by an impressive 9.1mpg and 113g/km overall.

The new CLS63’s front track is 24mm wider and it rides 15mm lower than the standard CLS. The suspension has MacPherson struts with steel springs up front and a multi-link set-up with AirMatic air springs at the rear.

Compared with the standard car, the CLS63 gains a deep front bumper, a uniquely designed bonnet and wider front wings with ‘V8 Turbo’ badges. It also gets slightly wider sills, a subtle boot spoiler and a reprofiled rear bumper with a faux diffuser. The standard 19in wheels are shod with 255/35 (front) and 285/30 (rear) tyres.

Greg Kable

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17 November 2010

I can hear the barn storming noise just by looking at the picture

17 November 2010

"Provisional figures put combined fuel consumption at 28.5mpg and CO2 emissions at 232g/km, which better the old model’s by an impressive 9.1mpg and 113g/km overall".

Really impressive figures for the power on offer!

17 November 2010

Very nice, I'm sure. Best thing about the styling is that you can't see it when sitting inside the car. How did they manage to move from nice clean lines with a coherent styling theme that they used to have to this disfigured abortion that has no coherent look at all, its almost as though they came up with the overall shape and then asked each designer to add another feature without showing him what his colleagues had already done. I've seldom seen such a dog's dinner, Mercedes should be ashamed of this.


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17 November 2010

[quote ordinary bloke] How did they manage to move from nice clean lines with a coherent styling theme that they used to have to this disfigured abortion that has no coherent look at all, its almost as though they came up with the overall shape and then asked each designer to add another feature without showing him what his colleagues had already done.[/quote]

Good thing that tastes differ. I like this design. To me, it brings back some of the old styling flare that had gone missing over the past few decades. I can appreciate that it wouldn't be to everyones taste, but to call it an abortion is to force your opinion down on everybody. Just say, you don't like it - the lines are too much or too random or something.

We, as car enthusiasts, have become spoiled by many different designs and philosophys. We use words like disfigured and 'abortion' to describe designs we don't like, while, if you're honest, is a complete over reaction.

Pitty that it came down to this. We are so fortunate to have so many variations of what you can do with four wheels, yet, if we con't like something, we completely trash it - as if the designers or the company deliberately tried to make something that will offend. Now, that's silly! There has to be place for everyones tastes in this world!

17 November 2010

518 bhp isn't impressive from a 5.5L twin turbo V8 .

BMW got 500ps+ from a 5L non turbo 6 years ago plus Nissan and Porsche have MORE powerful sub 3.8L twin turbos on sale.

Cynical from Mercedes. They artificiality retard performance de-tuning the 5.5l engine, programming the ECU for high gearing and low boost to get 232g/km and the BS 28.5mpg figure. Credit is due to Mercedes, they are increasing the company average MPG ratings plus it is a lot better than the pathetic chaved up £35,000 Aston martin Toyota IQ

Its a growing trend that car manufacturers are now only releasing low pressure turbo cars and artificially de-tuning their engines to artificially achieve low co2 and fuel consumption across the range.

[quote ordinary bloke]How did they manage to move from nice clean lines with a coherent styling theme that they used to have to this disfigured abortion that has no coherent look at all[/quote]

This is the direction luxury car designers are going to attract the Chinese middle classes with their new money. China wants gimmicks, vulgarity and the badge to go with it, I wouldn't be surprised if Mercedes released a LWB CLS AMG red edition.


17 November 2010

[quote nimmler]518 bhp isn't impressive from a 5.5L twin turbo V8 .[/quote]

Hardly fair.

1. Check out the torque

2. It's a sedan, not an out and out sportscar

3. It's no more cynical of MB to detune for the sake of economy/emissions than for others to de-emphasise economy/emissions for power. It's a straightforward compromise based on the car and it's market

I can just hear the MB engineers "Mein Gott, anozzer verdammte know-all"

17 November 2010

On the issue of looks I was at a UK presentation of the new CLS, facelifted C Class, New SLK and SLS Convertible last week and can assure you in the flesh the CLS looks stunning, it'll have massive road presence in AMG form!

On another note the new SLK is rather tasty too, far more masculine than the current model, with seemingly a much wider track and a mini SLS interior!

17 November 2010

Although I reckon the AMG version looks miles better than the regular models, striking looking as it is I still think the new CLS is backward step compared to the previous model, and is primarily ruined by the rear wheel arch design and the upright gaping grille. Interior looks nice though.

Still, judging by past experience I bet a certain Tiff Needell wouldn't rate one above an M5, XF-R or a Panamera, even if the Merc was briliant which i'm sure it will be. I've never know him to rate anything with the 3-pointed star!

17 November 2010

Mercedes are starting to make beautiful cars again, and it begins with the SLS and this CLS 63...I'd have one.

17 November 2010

It seems be good.

But I definitely prefer the solution of the NA AMG V8 (a true noble engine) and the old body which was designed with so much taste and was more singular.

The CLS MkI and especially the AMG one will be a classic!

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