31 May 2004

Ahead of the CLS’s European launch this autumn, it looks like the fieriest model has been under Mercedes’ Nürburgring development microscope. This car’s expansive wheels and four-way exhaust leave little doubt that we’re looking at Benz’ AMG range-topper.

What isn’t clear is whether the motor-meisters have stuck to the 469bhp 5.5-litre V8 of the E-class bahnstormer that underpins the new ‘coupoon’, or found a way to horseshoe AMG’s leviathan 6.0-litre V12 under its bonnet, which could supply as much as 600bhp, a sub 5.0sec 0-60mph dash, and even more awesome acceleration higher up the speedometer.

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