The third generation of the CL is the W215-chassis coupé of 2000 to 2006. It is based on the 2000-2004/5 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, thogh it rides on an 8-inch shorter wheelbase. It is offered as four models: the V8-powered CL500, the supercharged V8-powered CL55 AMG, the V12-powered CL600 and the rare bi-turbo V12-powered CL65 AMG. The limited-edition V12-powered CL63 AMG was sold in 2001 only. All models seat four.
AMG will show their interpretation of the new coupe, the CL 63 AMG, equipped with all kinds of luxury features plus the 6.3-litre V8 returning 514 bhp – the same engine used for the CLS 63 which debuted just after the launch of the standard CLS two years ago.This will happen this year at Paris Motor Show.
Final cold-weather testing of the new CL-Class coupe is under way in northern Sweden. It won’t be long before we see the real thing, however: a formal unveiling is scheduled for the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March Like the W221-series S-Class saloon launched at the end of last year, this CL is a conservative-looking update from its predecessor, but with plenty of new technology under the surface. Expect an electronic drive-by-wire throttle, rear-view cameras, lane departure (...)