Mercedes marches on Geneva
15 February 2006

The Geneva show news mounts with Mercedes’ announcement that the CLS 63 AMG and the CLK 63 AMG, the latter in coupé and cabriolet forms, are to debut there.

The CLS 63 adds to Mercedes’ already lengthy roster of brawny saloons, despite its classification of the CLS as a four door coupé. The familiar 6.3-litre V8 engine pushes out 506bhp in this application, which scoots the CLS to 62mph in 4.5 seconds.

This rorty unit is united with Mercedes’ 7G-Tronic transmission. That gearbox has received praise in the main, albeit with a few reservations about its tendency to fail to choose the right gear every time. The CLKs kick out 474bhp and 464lb ft of torque, demolishing anything else in the class for brawn. Both coupé and cabriolet models get composite brakes.

Also at Geneva will be the R63 AMG, arguably an even crazier vehicle, the refreshed SL (with the SL55 and SL65 being shown, both with increased power) and the European debut of the GL-Class and the world debuts of the GL 320 CDI and GL 420 CDI.

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