Mercedes’ two-door luxury car, the CL-Class is all sorts of awesome. It’s got serious credentials as a luxury coupe that very few in its class can come close to matching.
That’s precisely why it’s garnered so much love from Mercedes customers over the years. But what happens when you have an aftermarket company that’s willing to put in the time to ensure that the CL-Class’ appeal goes up a few more notches?
Famous Parts’ Matte Black edition happens.
The aftermarket company took up the task of building a new aero kit for the CL 500, giving the luxury coupe some new styling that adds to the aggressive look in a rather stealthy manner. It’s a pretty cool upgrade that really fits in well with the CL-Class’ 4.6-liter V-8 direct-injected engine that produces 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque while mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Put that all together and the CL-Class can hit 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
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Anytime a Mercedes carries the letters “A,” “M” and “G” in its name, you know it’s one that’s just waiting to show off its muscles. Even if a car like the CL63 AMG already packs serious meat, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need a little more.
German tuning specialist Unicate certainly believes that the car’s 536-horsepower output is already pretty stacked, but nobody said you can’t turn that number north of 600. That’s exactly what Unicate did and it remapped the CL63 AMG’s ECU and added a new Apocalypse sound exhaust system. The end result is 607 horsepower on tap, ready and waiting to be unleashed on some hapless asphalt.
Showing that this car is not all go and now show, Unicate also added a subtle aerodynamic upgrade, which included a clear-coated carbon-fiber diffuser, a three-piece trunk spoiler, and MEC Design’s Electronic Lowering System module.
These performance upgrades drop the CL63 AMG’s 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) mph time down to 4.5 seconds. It is odd that Unicate left the top speed is still limited to 155 mph. Really, when was the last time you went over 155 mph?
All told, Unicate’s program for Mercedes CL63 AMG is the kind of performance and aero upgrade that settles in just right for the sports coupe. And might we add, it perfectly suits us too.
It’s been a while since we last heard something about the Mercedes CL-Class, but Famous Parts brought it back to our attention with a tuning package based on the CL63 AMG.
Its Black Edition Wide Body Kit will provide the car with a more aggressive look and more muscular proportions. The kit includes a new front bumper and spoiler blade, new side skirts, a new rear bumper and diffuser, a pair of front mud guards, rear side wall enlargements, a new hood, and lattice inserts.
The front bumper received integrated LED daytime running lights. The Benz is painted Frozen Gray Matt Champagne Metallic paint combined with tinted rear side glass and windshield.
The car sits on a set of 21-inch Monoblock E wheels wrapped in Continental Sport Contact high-performance tires and combined with a lowering module.
Under the hood, the 6.2-liter V-8 engine remains unchanged, but by using software modifications and optimizing exhaust system, the output has jumped to 610 horsepower — an increase of 85 horses over the standard version.
Once Mercedes is finished showing off the next-generation S-Class, the next thing on its agenda will be the two-door version of the luxury sedan — the CL-Class. Codenamed C217, the next CL-Class will be built on Mercedes’ new MRA modular rear-wheel drive architecture, which will make it lighter and more rigid than the current model.
The next CL-Class will feature a wide range of engines under its hood, starting from a V-6 and moving up to a V-12. The latter of the two will find its way into the CL600 and the range-topping CL65 AMG.
When building the next CL-Class, Mercedes will concentrate on using aluminum and magnesium, keeping the carbon fiber for use on the AMG version’s roof, trunk lid and doors.
On the inside, Mercedes will offer better-quality materials, a completely redesigned dashboard, and all of the latest technologies seen in the recently launched models.
You will be happy to hear that the the CL-Class is just one of seven models to be included in the next S-Class. There will also be a a variety of new sedans, a convertible and a full-size four-door coupe.
Hennessey has just released an engine upgrade package specifically for the Mercedes AMG 5.5 liter biturbo V8 engine that will that will take your vehicle from hot to nuclear with just a few additions. The package is called the HPE700 and it increases the engine’s output from the standard 550 HP to an impressive 700 HP - hence the name.
As of right now, this engine powers the CLS63, E63, S63, G63, GL63, ML63, and SL63 AMG. In order to obtain this impressive upgrade, the tuner performed an HPE air induction system modification, HPE engine management calibration, and Dyno tuning. The update will get a 3 Year / 36,000 mile limited warranty. After all these updates, the V8 engine delivers a total of 700 HP at 5200 rpm and a peak torque 800 lbs-ft at 3,800 rpm.
Next to these engine updates, the tuner is also offering carbon fiber trim accessories and a new set of wheels combined with updated suspensions.
When it comes to building wide-body tuning kits, you won’t find a tuner that does a better job than Prior Design. Heck, it was only a few months ago when they released a wide-body kit for the Mercedes CL-Class luxury coupe. Apparently, it didn’t take them too long to build off of that with what they call "version 2" of the Black Edition program.
Similar to what we saw previously, Prior Design really went balls-to-the-wall on the Black Edition V2, dressing up the CL-Class with a package that’s far sportier and more aggressive than its predecessor.
For this program, Prior Design fitted the Mercedes with a slew of new bodykit components, all of which are made from Dura-Flex Fiber Reinforced Plastic. The kit includes a new front bumper, a front lip spoiler, larger side skirts, a rear bumper and diffuser, a new front hood, and mesh grilles.
For the entire package, Prior Design has stickered a price of €12,900, which is around $16,500 based on current exchange rates. Given the money customers are likely to invest or have invested on a CL-Class, this kind of purchase shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
UPDATE 09/05/12: New photos of Prior Design’s Black Edition V2 program for the CL-Class have just been released. Check them all out at the gallery below!
Mercedes is celebrating "60 years of the S-Class Coupe" with the unveiling of the special edition CL‑Class "Grand Edition" that includes an AMG body styling, exclusive designo paintwork, high-quality designo leather appointments and sporty elegant 20-inch wheels. Customers will have to opt between three designo paint finishes of platinum black metallic, mocha black metallic and magno cashmere white.
And AMG sports package adds a powerful front and rear aprons and distinctive side sill panels, and a new set of 20" light-alloy wheels in a choice of five-spoke or filigree 10-spoke designs. For the interior Mercedes will add high-quality aniline leather offered in three different colors: designo aniline leather armagnac, designo aniline leather deep black and the lighter designo aniline leather porcelain.
The list of standard equipment will include: active suspension system Active Body Control (ABC) with crosswind stabilization, drowsiness detection system Attention Assist, pre-safe automatic emergency braking and the optional Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Adaptive Highbeam Assist systems.
The Black Series program created by Mercedes is very well-known on standout models like the SLS AMG and the C63 AMG, but Prior Design is giving the second string of Mercedes models a little attention as well. The German tuner has opted to provide the CL-Class C216 with a Black Series dress-up of their own making.
The new program is called the CL C216 Black Edition and includes a very impressive aerodynamic package that will make the car look more muscular. The body kit includes new front mud wings, widened rear body and side skirts, and a decent roof scoop in addition to new front and rear bumpers. The model was also equipped with a new set of 20" light alloy rims. If the customer opts for the available gorgeous black exterior paint finish, then they will definitely get the perfect sports car.
Brabus has chosen the 2011 Dubai Motor Show to set the stage for the world’s fastest and most powerful luxury coupe. Together with some of the most amazing vehicles in the world, Brabus has revealed their Brabus 800 Coupe based off of the Mercedes CL600. This new package ensures the coupe pushes out 800 HP and a top speed of 217 mph while looking sporty and elegant.
Starting off the transformation is the upsizing of the vehicle’s V12 engine, from 5.5 L to 6.3L. Then, thanks to a high-end turbocharging system designed by Brabus engine specialists and a carbon-fiber ram-air intake integrated into the hood, the CL600 now pushes out a total of 800 HP and 1,047 lb-ft of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is now made in just 3.9 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 217 mph.
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Brabus’ Mercedes line-up of vehicles continues to heat up with the recent announcement of two new performance packages for the CL500 4MATIC.
Not content with the car’s already robust 4.7-liter V8 twin-turbo engine that produces 435 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque? If so, Brabus has ttwo power upgrades for you to choose from.
The first one is called the ’Brabus B50 - 490’, which consists of a new plug-and-play PowerXtra module that tweaks the engine’s performance capabilities through improved electronics, ignition, injection, and electronic boost pressure control. The modifications result in a car that’s capable of hitting 490 horsepower and 575 lb/ft of torque. Mighty impressive on its own right, yes?
But if you’re still not satisfied with that, Brabus is also offering something a little more powerful in the form of the ’Brabus B50 - 520’, a program that carries all of the features of the 490 while also coming with an additional intercooler. The result is a might 520 horsepower and 604 lb/ft of torque on the CL500 4MATIC.
With all these changes in tow, the CL500 4MATIC will now be capable of hitting a 0-62 mph time of 4.5 seconds and an increased top speed of 186 mph.
Together with the other Brabus-tuned Mercedes, the S500 4MATIC, the CL500 4MATIC, will be gracing us with our presence at the Essen Motor Show this November.