Mercedes is considering a high-performance four-door that would slot into the firm’s range above the CLS and give it a rival to Bentley’s Continental GT.
The dedicated hot model has been described to Autocar as an “über-CLS”. It’s likely that it would have an even more dramatic shape than the coupé-like CLS and feature AMG engines and chassis tuning to justify a considerably higher price.
Mercedes believes that it can slot the model into its range — alongside the CL two-door — because of the burgeoning market for ultra-expensive, high-performance models, particularly in Russia and the Middle East.
The firm is determined to take a larger slice of those sales, bullying aside Bentley’s offering and a forthcoming extreme Porsche Panamera GT.
A possible Maybach spin-off of the four-door is also a distinct possibility, say our sources, pointing to the interest shown in the striking one-off 62S Coupé (pictured) that has been displayed at motor shows by German engineering firm Xenatec.