|Parent company||Daimler AG|
|Body style(s)||2-door coupé|
Originally derived from the SL-Class roadster, it has since been based on the S-Class sedan. Known at first as the SEC and later S coupe, it was spun off into its own line and current name in 1998. The CL continues to follow the same development cycle as the S, though riding on a slightly shorter wheelbase and offering smaller selection of engines, mostly tending towards the high-powered of the range. The main competitors of the CL-Class are the Bentley Continental GT and the Ferrari Scaglietti.
The present generation of the CL-Class, C216, is currently available in four models: CL500 4Matic (CL550 4Matic in America), CL600, CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG. The 2010 price ranges from $110,775 to $207,170. The most powerful model of the CL, the CL65 AMG, is the most expensive Mercedes-branded vehicle (with the exception of the SLR and the S Class Pullman), slightly edging out its equivalent in the S-Class.
W126The CL-class can most directly trace its roots back to the W126-chassis SEC-class of 1981-1991. The SEC wasn't itself a replacement for the R107 series SLC cars, which were essentially lengthened SL roadsters with a fixed roof and rear seat. The W126 SEC was more directly related to the S-Class sedans. The first generation SEC-Class came in four models: 380 SEC, 420 SEC, 500 SEC and 560 SEC. Like all subsequent models, the rear passenger volume of the SEC coupes was large enough to classify them as 2-door sedans by the SAE.
|Engine(s)||5.0L 315 hp (235 kW) V8|
6.0L 389 hp (290 kW) V12
|Wheelbase||115.9 in (2944 mm)|
|Length||199.4 in (5065 mm)|
|Width||75.3 in (1913 mm)|
|Height||56.9 in (1445 mm)|
|Engine(s)||5.0L 306 hp (228 kW) V8|
5.5L 500 hp (373 kW) V8
5.5L 500 hp (373 kW) V12
5.8L 367 hp (274 kW) V12
6.0L 612 hp (456 kW) V12
|Wheelbase||113.6 in (2885 mm)|
|Length||196.6 in (4994 mm)|
2004-06 CL500, CL55 AMG & CL600: 196.4 in (4989 mm)
|Width||73.1 in (1857 mm)|
|Height||2001-03: 56.0 in (1422 mm)|
2004-06: 55.4 in (1407 mm)
CL65 AMG: 55.0 in (1397 mm)
The CL coupes come equipped with the very latest in Mercedes-Benz technology, and the CL is always the first model to receive new technological features (it introduced the refined Active Body Control fully-active suspension system and Bi-Xenon HID lights).
The CL-class has a lengthy list of custom available features. The following features come standard: climate control, ABC (hydraulic) suspension, all-leather interior, designer wood trim, trip computer, CD, navigation system, front heated seats, power moonroof, as well as power door and trunk closing assist. Optional features include a heated steering wheel and voice-activated telephone, as well as front fan-cooled seats.
The CL63 AMG is the rarest W215 CL of all. It was produced only in November 2001, and just 26 examples were ever built for sale. The V12-powered CL63 AMG was only sold in Europe and Asia. Mercedes-Benz never offered the W215 CL63 for sale; all were sold exclusively through AMG with a base price of £110,000 (~US$200,000).
From 1999 through 2002, the V12-equipped cars feature a cylinder deactivation system called Active Cylinder Control. The feature was dropped when the 500 hp (370 kW) bi-turbo V12 was introduced.
Exclusive “designo” packages are also available. These packages add custom color metallic paint, custom color Nappa leather interior and exotic wood trims. They are available in three variants: designo Cashmere, designo Espresso and designo Silver.
In European markets, there was even an optional granite trim that took the place of wood. This was never available in the United States.
In 2003 the cars were upgraded with a newer electronics package that included a DVD-based navigation system instead of the CD-based COMAND system. Also, the engine options changed. The CL55 AMG became supercharged and the V12 CL600 had turbochargers added. Both cars produced 500 hp (370 kW).
EnginesAs with all major German manufacturers (except Porsche) Mercedes electronically limits their cars to 250 km/h (155 mph), except for the AMG models (option).
|Engine(s)||5.5L 382 hp V8|
5.5L 510 hp (380 kW) V12
|Wheelbase||116.3 in (2954 mm)|
|Length||199.4 in (5065 mm)|
AMG: 200.2 in (5085 mm)
|Width||73.7 in (1872 mm)|
|Height||55.8 in (1417 mm)|
In 2007, 40 C216 CL65 AMG units have been sold as '40th Anniversary Edition', to celebrate AMG was founded 40 years earlier, including one sold to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Performancewise, the '40th Anniversary Edition' was a custom CL65 AMG. Changes to the car included an 'ONE OUT OF 40' badge near the COMAND controller, special upholstery and rooflining, and a special 'AMG Alubeam' paintfinish. Apart from the CL65 AMG '40th Anniversary Edition', only a small selection of showcars got an Alubeam finish, a special paint designed to gleam like liquid metal.
|Models ||Engine||Power||0–100 km/h (62 mph)||Top speed|
|CL500||5.5 L V8||285 kW (388 hp DIN)||5.4 seconds||250 km/h (155 mph)|
|CL500 4MATIC/CL550 4MATIC (USA)||5.5 L V8||285 kW (388 hp DIN)||5.4 seconds||250 km/h (155 mph)|
|CL600||5.5 L V12||380 kW (517 hp DIN)||4.6 seconds (4.1 seconds R&T)||250 km/h (155 mph)|
|CL63 AMG||6.2 L V8||386 kW (525 hp DIN)||4.6 seconds||250 km/h (155 mph)|
|CL63 AMG Performance Package (USA)||6.2 L V8||386 kW (525 hp DIN)||4.6 seconds||300 km/h (186 mph)|
|CL65 AMG||6.0 L V12 BiTurbo||450 kW (612 hp DIN)||4.4 seconds||250 km/h (155 mph)|