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Mercedes CLS-Class

Mercedes CLS-Class

  The Mercedes-Benz CLS is a series of automobile models assembled by DaimlerChrysler in Sindelfingen, Germany. It is Mercedes-Benz’s newest sedan since the debut of the E-Class in 1995. The class was first offered for sale in Europe in autumn 2004.Marketed as a ’four door coupe,’ the CLS recalls the fastback sedan designs of Robert Opron in the 1970’s. According to a Mercedes-Benz press release, the CLS-class was produced to combine the "strong, emotive charisma" of a coupe with the "comfort and practicality" of a sedan.

You can always count on Mansory to have more than just one aftermarket program offering whenever a major auto show rolls around.

It’s no different this time at Frankfurt , as the Swiss tuner has some pretty impressive programs on the show floor, one of which includes this completely customized Mercedes CLS 63 AMG .

While not as, shall we say, grandiose, as the other projects it has at Frankfurt, the luxury sports sedan still receives the benefit of being worked on by Mansory, which is regarded as one of the best in the business.

Aesthetic, aerodynamic and performance upgrades are being offered, beginning with the use of autoclave-prepreg carbon fiber on a variety of components on the body. The hood of the CLS 63 AMG is especially new, providing both a visual and aerodynamic improvement to the overall profile of the car. New side-sill sets and cladding allows the sedan to gain some width — around 50 mm on the front axle and 80 mm on the rear.

Speaking of the back, Mansory installed a new diffuser under the equally new rear apron, allowing for a harmonious working relationship with the rear spoiler to increase the sports coupe’s down-thrust.

Rounding out the mod list for the exterior is a new set of 20-inch ultralight forged wheels

The usual interior digs are offered for this program, including aluminum pedals and footrests, a redesigned sports steering wheel, carbon-fiber components on the dash and console, and of course, full-leather upholstery.

As always, Mansory went to town working on the CLS 63 AMG’s 5.5-liter V-8 engine. In this instance, the modifications involved setting up a newly programmed control unit and adding a new sports air filter for increased oxygen supply to the engine. All told, the CLS 63 AMG is now capable of pumping out 631 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque — a boost of 81 horsepower and 132 pound-feet over the stock model. We estimate these improvements to give the CLS 63 AMG a 0-to-60 mph sprint time of 3.6 seconds with a top speed in the neighborhood of 190 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG

Every major auto show that Brabus goes to, you can expect that at least one of its programs will be dedicated to the billing "fastest-something-in-the-world".

At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , that distinction falls on the capable shoulders of the 2013 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake .

If you thought that station wagons are merely characterized as family cars, Brabus’ 850 6.0 Biturbo program will throw that notion right out of the window with the fury of a car running 800 horsepower worth of output.

That’s what makes this Brabus program for the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake such a mouthful to digest. Sure, it already has the performance credentials to be called a powerful car, but the German tuner takes it to a whole new level normally reserved for exotic coupes.

Then again, we shouldn’t be surprised anymore because Brabus does it over and over again, and the results have been nothing less than spectacular.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLS AMG Shooting Brake 850 Shooting Brake 6.0 Biturbo 4MATIC by Brabus

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In the latest episode of Drive, Chris Harris tested two of the most amazing sports station wagons out there: the Audi RS6 Avant and the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake . Both cars deliver an impressive amount of luxury, are quite powerful and are very (very) expensive. Upon first look, these two wagons appear to be identical, but when it comes down to on-road behavior, Chris finds them to be quite different. Check out the video to see what Harris thinks on the two models!

The RS6 Avant is far and away one of our favorite wagons ever to grace the pavement. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter TFSI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, which afford it a 0-to-60 mph sprint of just 3.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (174 mph with the Dynamic Package and 189 mph with the Dynamic Package plus).

The CLS 63 AMG, on the other hand, is a model that we are still unsure of. It’s styling is a little over the top and it is powered by less powerful 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 557 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of twist. This nets the Mercedes wagon a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 4.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

Given these two cars are so close to one another on paper, one may assume that they are nearly identical on the track. Well, you will find out, just as Harris did, that things become significantly skewed in one wagon ’s favor when you put the rubber to the road. See the video to find out which model runs away with the competition.

German tuner Vath knows how to handle its business when dealing with Mercedes vehicles.

Put whatever Silver Arrow in its path and Vath will give it the kind of tuning program that Mercedes would no doubt be proud of.

For its latest work, Vath took the task of doing its business on the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake , a car that, despite its wagon configuration, packs a helluva mean punch.

But "mean" isn’t good enough for Vath; so, it did what it does best: give the car an awesome performance upgrade. In this case, the modifications involve adding bigger turbochargers to go with a new downpipe system, reducing exhaust gas counter pressure, a new rear silencer system, an ECU remap and a Vath air charge cooling system. With these upgrades installed, the German tuner was able to give the CLS 63 AMG a staggering 846 horsepower and 874 pound-feet of torque — that accounts for an increase of up to 321 horsepower and 358 pound-feet of torque. This is good enough to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 4 seconds with a top speed of 218 mph, whereas the stock model takes 4.4 seconds to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) and turns in a 155 mph top speed.

If you’re interested in that awesome program, you can avail of the complete package for just €46,172, which is about $61,000 based on current exchange rates.

There are also a multitude of aero components, including a new front spoiler (€1,416 / $1,868), a rear diffuser (€2,011 / $2,653) and new fins, all of which are made from carbon fiber. Moving inside, classic black carbon components have replaced the original parts (€3,927 / $5,181). The sport steering wheel also received a leather redesign (€1,297 / $1,711) that customers can opt to exchange for carbon or fine wood applications.

Moving to other aftermarket add-ons to the Mercedes, Vath upgraded the suspension (€1,166 / $1,538), added a big brake system that includes 405 mm (15.9-inch) brake disks with six-piston calipers on the front (€6,010 / $7,930), and installed a fuel cooler (€1,773 / $1,530), as well as an engine oil and and transmission oil cooler (€1,166 / $1,538).

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Like most collaborations in the auto industry, Mercedes ’ partnership with luxury menswear brand Spencer Hart is more than just two names joining together in one press release.

There’s always a special-edition car, and in this case, that car is the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake .

Both Mercedes and Spencer Hart are known for being brands that put elegance, style and glamour in high accord. So, it was no surprise that the special-edition CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake that the latter designed carries all of those characteristics with it.

If there was ever a fashion icon and a luxury ride that best epitomize each others strength in quality, it’s Spencer Hart and the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake.

There’s definitely something to be said of this partnership, and as the final product has come to show us, Hart and the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake are really both made for each other.

Click past the jump to read about what Spencer Hart did to the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

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The CLS-Class made its debut in the U.S. in 2006 and it started off with a bang by offering the CLS55 AMG right off the bat. Sure, its 469-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 engine wasn’t nearly as stunning as the 5.5-liter used today, but it was impressive in its own right. Just a year later, the CLS63 AMG with its 507-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine gave it a spot in the market that few luxury manufacturers could match.

In the 2012 CLS63 AMG , Benz replaced the 6.2-liter engine with a 5.5-liter V-8 with a pair of turbochargers strapped to it. This smaller-displacement V-8 pumped out 518 ponies and 516 pound-feet or torque, but the AMG Performance Pack bumped that to a crazy 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. This Performance Pack dropped the 0-to-60 mph time to a lightning-fast 3.9 seconds.

For the 2014 model year, Mercedes-Benz is expanding the CLS lineup with the addition of a more powerful AMG S-Model . Alongside the hopped up S-Model is the standard CLS 63 AMG, which is equipped with its own slew of performance-oriented features, including the AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system.

This makes the CLS the fifth model in Mercedes lineup to offer the 4MATIC system as standard, along with the ML63 AMG, GL63 AMG and G63 AMG and the E-Class luxury sedan.

With the super-sexy M6 Gran Coupe making its debut in 2014 with a 560-horsepower V-8 and the 2014 Panamera coming in with a revision and a 440-horsepower twin-turbo V-8, the CLS 63 AMG 4MATIC has a lot to be worried about.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG 4MATIC.

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The 2013 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG is a model that really doesn’t need any upgrades, but American tuner, Renntech, decided it would boost the luxury sedan’s image regardless. While these upgrades make the CLS 63 AMG looking better than ever it has one big disadvantage: its relatively high $9,500 price tag.

The entire kit was designed and prototyped in-house and is constructed of the highest-quality pre-preg carbon fiber that ensures years durability. If you were expecting something big, you will be disappointed, as Renntech kept the updates to a minimum by only offering a front splitter, rear diffuser and rear lip spoiler.

Usually, Renntech offers up some form of an engine update to go along with the updated aesthetics, but this time it decided to skip them. After all, the CLS 63 AMG ’s 5.5-liter biturbo V-8 engine that delivers a total of 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, or 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet when you add the AMG Performance Package, is plenty powerful.

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When you think of the term “Stealth,” the last thing that comes to mind is a bright-orange CLS63 AMG with nearly 800 horsepower screaming down city streets. Well, apparently the folks over at German Special Customs couldn’t care less what you think about the term, as they rocked the CLS to supercar status and called it just that: Stealth.

On the outside, you get the already sexy coupè look wrapped up in a super-bright shade of orange that is ripped straight from the Aventador’s color palette. Up front, GSC adds in an aggressive front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lights, a mean-looking hood with monstrous heat-extracting vents and all-new fenders that cap off the vicious front end.

Around the backside, you get an all-new rear bumper cover that boasts a carbon-fiber diffusor to help pull the back end down at high speeds. A high-grade-steel four-pipe exhaust system is one with the diffusor, giving the CLS 63 a clean finish and a rather mean exhaust note.

Also added into the mix is a set of wheels size 20-by-9 inches up front and 20-by-10.5 inches on the back wrapped up in super-sticky Michelin tires sized 255/30R20 and 305/25R20, respectively. This sticky rubber is combined with a KW coil-over suspension system and adjustable dampers to make this massive performance coupè even more competent in the twist.

Inside, you also get a tasty treat, as GSC fits the CLS63 AMG with orange Lambo leather and a slew of carbon-fiber components.

What makes the Stealth so bad-ass is what’s under the hood. The 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine was already powerful from the factory – 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque – but GSC did it one better. The tuner pumped this V-8’s output up to 750 horsepower and 1,150 Nm (848 pound-feet) of torque. This drops its 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time down to just 3.7 seconds and bumps its top speed up to 350 km/h (217 mph). That’s a good 0.7 seconds faster to 100 km/h than the stock CLS63 AMG.

Unfortunately, GSC didn’t offer up a price on this beastly kit, but you can contact them at info@germanspecialcustoms.com for pricing details. We’re sure it is somewhere near the €50,000 ($65,000) mark.

Click past the jump to read German Special Customs’ press release

When you’re looking for an aftermarket company with a penchant for understated programs, rest assured, Brabus isn’t one of them.

There’s nothing understated about this German tuner. On the contrary, their reputation as one of the most over-the-top tuners is well-earned. At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , Brabus is bringing another project that backs up its reputation.

The program is called ’B63S-730’ and it’s for the CLS63 AMG , a car that doesn’t seem to lack in output in its own right. Apparently, Brabus isn’t content with just 557 horsepower and 589 pound-feet of torque, so they slapped on a pair of uprated turbochargers with larger compressor units, an additional water-to-air intercooler while they also remapped the ECU software and added a new stainless-steel sports exhaust with high-flow cats and adjustable butterfly valve.

All in a day’s work too, we imagine.

As a result, the CLS63 AMG’s 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine is screaming in delight, thanks to an improved output that nets the car 730 horsepower and 763 pound-feet of torque, numbers good enough to get the CLS63 AMG to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 10.8 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph.

Aesthetically, there are plenty of new components too, highlighted by a clear-coated carbon-fiber front spoiler and fender vents. Brabus also offers a choice of 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels, including the nine-spoke Monoblock F and ten-spoke Monoblock R Platinum Edition forged wheels. Likewise, the CLS63 AMG’s interior also received its share of enhancements. We particularly like the soft Mastik leather with quilted stitching as upholstery on the seats, the panelling and the floor mats. The material itself - Matsik - sounds so exotic, right in line with the reputation of Brabus as a true exotic tuner.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Carlsson will unveil a very cool tuning kit based on the Mercedes CLS3 AMG. Named "CK63 RSR," this tuning kit takes the standard 518 horsepower V8 engine and tricks it to deliver an impressive 700 horsepower. Along with the extra power, the car also receives some pretty impressive exterior and interior upgrades that transform it into an even more amazing four-door coupe .

To deliver the extra power, the CK63 RSR received a more efficient intercooler system, additional water and oil coolers, plus an additional, thermostatically controlled oil cooler for the transmission. There is also a new high performance stainless-steel sports exhaust with 200-cell metal catalytic converters. The result is a tarmac-shredding output of 700 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. With the extra power, the CK63 RSR will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, will pass the 124 mph barrier in 11.6 seconds and won’t stop until it will hits a top speed of 211 mph.

The aerodynamic package includes a new carbon-fiber front lip spoiler, black stainless-steel mesh inserts in the intake grilles, brake-cooling intakes and rear carbon valance insert. Carlsson also installed an electronically retractable rear spoiler, which extends into the airflow automatically at 62 mph to help improve downforce. For the interior, Carlsson combines the finest leather with Alcantara, carbon-fiber and natural wood.

Also, in order to handle the extra power, the CK63 RSR also receives height-adjustable coil-overs with 10-position bounce and rebound adjustment, and set of wheels sized 19 or 20 inches, depending on customer’s choice.


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