The Mercedes Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake has been spied during tests
27 April 2012

The Mercedes Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake has been spied by our photographers wearing less cladding, revealing the shape of the Sporting Brake model that’s due next year.

Although it is more practical than the CLS coupe, it is unlikely buyers will have the Sporting Brake for its extra practicality and more so for looks. The platform and engine for the CLS are shared with the E63 AMG, with a more practical and equally fast E63 AMG estate already on sale.

The CLS Sporting Brake will therefore have to impress on the style front and the AMG tuned version certainly looks the part. Swollen wheel arches, huge alloy wheels, an aggressive front bumper with single slat grille and quad exhausts all help define this as the range-topping AMG version.

The Shooting Brake name is usually reserved for two-door estates, however as the CLS is referred to as a four-door coupe, the name has been applied to the estate version.

Only one engine will be available in the AMG tuned CLS; the M157 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8. In standard form, 518bhp and 516lb ft of torque is available but the optional Performance package increases power and torque to 550bhp and 590lb ft.

Performance figures are yet to be confirmed, but expect it to be close to the coupe’s 0-62mph time of 4.4secs and a top speed electronically limited to 155mph.

Tim Watson

 

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27 April 2012

Niche, but in a good way. No one needs a V8 engined 'shooting brake', but I certainly want one!

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27 April 2012

[quote Autocar]The platform and engine for the CLS are shared with the E63 AMG, with a more practical and equally fast E63 AMG estate already on sale.[/quote]

...I dont think this matters. We seem to live in a world today where form preceeds function...just look at the Evoque for example.

I think it will sell well, and it will look fantastic. Personally I would prefer the practicality of the regular estate, but I am not typical of the purchasing demographics of this type of car.

I drove a CLS saloon, (a car I had always admired style wise), but hated the lack of glass area and the compromised entry/exit...sadly I couldnt live with one.

But Mercedes-Benz started this genre of vehicles, and the fact they have been copied proves they were right... I loved the 2/3door concept shooting brake displayed at the F-o-S last year....impractical but very sexy.

We can expect a CC shooting brake from VW I think, in the near future.

27 April 2012

[quote 289]We can expect a CC shooting brake from VW I think, in the near future[/quote]

I wouldn't at all be surprised. In fact, I think Audi will follow Mercedes and make an A5 and/or A7 Avant...

27 April 2012

[quote 289]But Mercedes-Benz started this genre of vehicles,[/quote]

So this 4 door coupe was way ahead of its time!

Rover P5B 3.5 Litre Coupe

27 April 2012

I was going to suggest the Rover P5B Coupe, but you beat me to it, Mr 275not599.

Though possessed of only a proportion of the Mercedes-Benz's performance, I bet the Rover sounds better. The 3.5 V8 must be one of the nicest sounding engines of all time.

27 April 2012

So, a shooting brake is classified as a two door estate, the article says. I remember a time when Vauxhall offered a two door Astra estate and Ford a two door Escort estate but I would never have called them shooting brakes!

 

 

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27 April 2012

[quote 275not599]

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The queen had one of those.

289

27 April 2012

[quote mrcliodCi]Though possessed of only a proportion of the Mercedes-Benz's performance, I bet the Rover sounds better. The 3.5 V8 must be one of the nicest sounding engines of all time.[/quote]

....are you sure?...have you heard an AMG V8?

27 April 2012

[quote 289]

[quote mrcliodCi]Though possessed of only a proportion of the Mercedes-Benz's performance, I bet the Rover sounds better. The 3.5 V8 must be one of the nicest sounding engines of all time.[/quote]

....are you sure?...have you heard an AMG V8?

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+1. There's nothing that sounds quite like an AMG V8.

27 April 2012

[quote 289]...are you sure?...have you heard an AMG V8?

[/quote] The old Rover V8 has a very satisfying, cultured sound that the NASCAResque Mercedes could never match. The Merc is almost too thuggish.

 

 

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