Hot on the heels of the radical Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, the German firm has revealed a high-performance AMG-tuned variant

Mercedes-Benz has followed the unveiling of the strking CLS Shooting Brake by showing off the flagship AMG-fettled version.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, a prototype of which made a surprise moving appearance at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, is powered by the 5.5-litre V8 lifted from the saloon version of the hot CLS.

Mated to AMG’s seven-speed automatic transmission, the 518bhp, 516lb ft powerplant covers 0-62mph in 4.4sec and hits a restricted top speed of 155mph.

A limited-availability ‘Edition 1’ version is equipped with a performance package that pushes power to 549bhp and 590lb ft and is 0.1sec quicker to 62mph. Both power units consume a claimed 27.9mpg on the combined cycle, which corresponds to a CO2 output of 235g/km.

The AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed gearbox has four transmission modes: an eco-friendly Controlled Efficiency mode, Sport, Sport Plus and Manual.

Compared with the standard CLS Shooting Brake, the CLS 63 AMG version gets AMG Ride Control sports suspension with steel struts on the front axle and air struts on the rear, as well as automatic level control and electronically controlled damping.

There are also three modes to the suspension set-up – Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus – and adjustable ESP settings. The car also gets AMG front and rear axles, a 59mm-wider front track and uprated steering.

Lightweight 19in AMG triple-spoke alloys come as standard, while braking comes via 360mm ventilated and perforated discs all round. AMG ceramic brakes are available as an option.

Externally, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake is distinguished from the standard car by a bespoke front apron and bonnet and an AMG radiator grille. It also gets broader front wings with ‘V8 Biturbo’ lettering, a rear diffuser and sports exhausts with twin chrome tailpipes.

The interior gets AMG sports seats in Nappa leather, Piano Black lacquer trim and an AMG leather steering wheel.

Optional extras include a wooden boot floor and a host of equipment from the AMG Performance Studio, including an exterior carbonfibre package, a rear axle differential lock and illuminated AMG door sill panels.

The CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake will be launched in November. UK pricing and full specification details are still to be confirmed, but a price of about £83,000 is expected.

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9 July 2012

Looks like a squashed Honda CR-V.  The window line is remarkably similar, together with that rather weird exapanse of metal above the window between the C and D pillars resulting from the window curving down away from the roughly horizontal roof.  See

I'm sure it might be great fun, but isn't it weird...?

9 July 2012

Well at least it isn't in my mind. Shooting Brakes are two door coupes with a reasonable sized boot (traditionally for going hunting). What we have here is a four door with a hatchback boot - or an 'Estate' as anyone else would refer to it.

I don't see ford refering to the Mondeo Estate as the 'Mondeo Shooting Brake'.

I think it would have looked a lot better with just two doors.

9 July 2012

My first impression was...Skoda suberb

9 July 2012

All the size of the E63 Estate, none of the practicality. The CLS saloon doesnt give that much away to the E Class saloon in terms of interior space as a compromise for the looks, but I get the feeling there's a huge difference in boot size here.

9 July 2012

I think it looks like a squashed Honda CR-V.

9 July 2012

I can't believe that, with its sleek shape, this is more capacious than a 5-Series Touring and an A6 Avant. It looks much better too and has great engines. I'd really like to own one of these...

9 July 2012

Fidji - you'd buy an inflatable dart board if it had a Merc badge.

As for capacious, according to the official Mercedes press release it's down on luggage capacity vs the A6 Avant by 130 litres and 120 litres on the 5 series touring. (1550 litres vs 1680 litres vs 1670 litres)

9 July 2012

What's with all the fuss about the name? I wouldn't call it a 'shooting brake' either, but is it really that important? And also, it's got a larger boot than a BMW 5-Series Touring and an Audi A6 you can have a fast car that is relatively spacious/practical, full of tech, quite sylish IMO and that is available with 4wd in LHD markets...quite a good package I think.


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they came, they saw, they lolled

9 July 2012

@ Orangewheels - with the seats up, the CLS does have the larger boot, however Wink


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