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.

Welcome to the most beautiful wagon in the world. We know that might be hard to read as wagons are seldom thought of as beautiful, but with the new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake , those thoughts might need some additional pondering.

Unlike the old wagons, or even the current ones for that matter, the CLS Shooting Brake takes some of the four-door coupe design elements and translates them for wagon use. It might seem like an odd concept at first, but perhaps it’s genius. Wagons have long provided practicality, but that hasn’t exactly helped them fly out the door now has it? So, instead of pushing cargo space, Mercedes will be pushing style and that seems to work well in the automotive market place; just look at those terrible creations from BMW called the X6 and the recently announced X1 .

The CLS Shooting Brake arrives eight years after the original CLS was dropped into the market and it borrows most of its elements from the sedan brother, except for its incredible 590 liter trunk capacity. The model will be offered with a choice of four engines - two diesel engines and two petrol engine - with the top version being the CLS 500 powered by a 408 HP V8 engine. How about that for a shooting brake?

UPDATE 07/20/2012: Automotive News reports that the new CLS Shooting Brake won’t be available for US customers. The decision was made while taking under consideration the "continued aversion to wagons by U.S. car buyers."

UPDATE 08/21/12: Mercedes has officially released the pricing details for the CLS Shooting Brake. Check out how much it’s going to cost your wallet after the jump!

Hit the jump for the full review of the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake.

After debuting the standard CLS Shooting Brake just the other day, Mercedes has also decided to drop the official details of the AMG version - a model built to prove that even station wagons can be sporty and fun. The new CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake version will go on sale in October 2012 with the first units being sold as the "Edition 1."

Just like the sedan version, the new Shooting Brake model is powered by a 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 525 HP (557 HP if you buy the Edition 1 version) and is mated to a SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 4.4 seconds (4.3 seconds for the Edition 1). Unfortunately, top speed is still limited to 155 mph.

When compared to a standard CLS Shooting Brake, the AMG version will be distinguished by an AMG front apron, an AMG radiator grille with single slat, an AMG-specific design for the bonnet, an AMG-specific rear apron with a diffuser look, and the AMG sports exhaust system with two chrome twin tailpipes.

UPDATE 08/16/12: Autoweek is reporting that the future Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake will have a starting price of 71,500 euros when equipped with the 250 CDI diesel engine. The CLS 350 CDI Shooting Brake will start from 79,922 euros, while the 4Matic all-wheel drive version is priced at 85,387 euros.

Gas-powered models will start at 79,250 euros for the CLS 350 Shooting Brake and 104,410 euros for the CLS 500 Shooting Brake. The CLS 63 AMG will run potential buyers 104,410 euros for the standard model and 108,990 euros for the version with 4Matic, while the top of the line CLS 63 AMG will cost a cool 146,300 Euros.

Hit the jump for more details on the Mercedes CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake.

The CLS 63 AMG is a thing of beauty, yet it has a beast under its hood. Some people, however, would like their CLS to show a little more of its beastly side from the outside. To help satisfy the appetites of this group, SR Auto Group has just released a series of modifications to help make this powerful Benz a little more intimidating from the outside. They even have a pretty cool name for it: Project Maximus!

This Mercedes CLS 63 AMG boasts a Black Bison body kit by Wald International. Included in this kit is a stylish front bumper that has large side air intakes and a wide-mouth lower grille. Also integrated in the bumper are LED daytime running lights. This Black Bison kit also boasts new front fenders, which feature large heat extractors with black louvers and chrome strips, just behind the front wheels.

Down the side of this customized CLS 63 AMG, there is a set of side skirts that give just enough character to the Benz without taking away from its luxurious appearance. The rear end of this high-powered Mercedes boasts a bumper with louvered vents behind the rear wheels. Integrated with the bumper is a rear diffuser made of black plastic that gives the rear end a little contrast. On each side of the rear end is a dual-oval exhaust tip that exit from cutouts in the bumper. Finishing off the back end is a large trunk-mounted, lip-style spoiler.

On each corner of the CLS 63 AMG is a 20-inch Wald Renovatio alloy wheel wrapped in performance rubber. The rims have a slight contrast to them, as the face of the rim and its lip is done in chrome, but the edge of each of the 26 spokes is painted silver.

The model that SR Auto Group used for this build features the AMG Performance Pack, which boosts the 5.5-liter V-8 engine to 557 horsepower. SR Auto Group left this engine as is, so if you choose this build, the manufacturer’s warranty remains intact.

Overall, SR Auto Group did a nice job of adding just enough character and sport to the CLS 63 AMG without overdoing it and making it look over the top.

German tuner Brabus has made a living out of building some of the most powerful tuning programs for Mercedes vehicles. This time, they’re taking a different route by revealing a new styling package for the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG .

The first thing you’ll notice is that Brabus veered away from the monochrome colors of the CLS63 AMG. Instead, they went with something a little more fashionable: Orange.

From there, they went ahead and pushed the envelope even further on the interior, choosing purple as the predominant color. Really, pretty much everything in the interior is in this shade, including the seats, the floor mats, and yes, even the roof. The interior also has orange stitching throughout the cabin, which Brabus probably added to have a semblance of continuity to the exterior color of the CLS63 AMG.

Brabus didn’t mention anything about a performance upgrade, although we wouldn’t be surprised if information on that becomes available at a later date.

For now, indulge yourselves in this rather colorful Brabus-tuned CLS63 AMG Individual. We’re not sure that orange and purple mix well on a vehicle like this one, but it does catch your attention - for better or worse.

Last month, German Special Customs tried their hand on the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG by putting together a Stealth to boost up exterior appeal. Now the tuner has decided that they can do better than that and have come up with another package that can dish out 740 HP.

In order to obtain the extra 222 HP, the tuner added bigger turbos, an additional water cooler, a custom exhaust system, and an ECU update. As a result, the V8 engine now delivers a total of 750 HP and a peak torque of 516 lbs-ft. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is done in just 3.7 seconds, while taking the car up to a top speed of 218 mph.

The tuner continued this impressive package by adding a few exterior modifications to match the car’s look with its power. This was done with a vented hood, side skirts, revised front and rear bumpers, a carbon fiber diffuser, and quad tailpipes. The Merc was then painted in a gloss black finish before German Special Customs proceeded to fit in a new set of 20" alloy wheels combined with a KW adjustable suspension. The final element was the addition of Alcantara trim for the interior.

Misha Design has become synonymous with building some of the most aggressive body kits for German cars. After their ventures with the Porsche 911 and the BMW M3 netted positive results, the tuning firm has now taken another German vehicle under its wing.

This time, it’s the Mercedes CLS-Class four-door coupe. The luxury sports coupe’s aesthetic credentials are already a sight to behold on their own. But when Misha Design decided that a new wide body kit was in order, nobody really voiced their displeasure against it.

The new kit includes a plethora of new components, including a new front bumper, redesigned with bigger intakes, a gloss black chin spoiler, a retouched grille and bumper, new side skirts, new fenders, a rear diffuser, a roof spoiler, and a trunk spoiler.

Should you wish to add a splash of carbon fiber on the accessories, you can do so and Misha Design will be more than happy to oblige.

No powertrain modifications are in order. Nevertheless, expect the car to still a pack a wallop, thanks in large part to its 4.6-liter direct-injection twin-turbo V8 engine that produces an impressive output of 402 horsepower and 443 lb/ft of torque and a fuel economy of 17 city / 26 hwy.

The Mercedes CLS 63 AMG has been the subject of manytuning programs from some of the best tuners on the market.

Having said that, one lesser known tuning company may have upstaged them all. This is the work of German Special Customs, or GSC for short. It’s called the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Stealth and if looks could really kill, then prepare to start writing the obituaries.

The body kit includes a number of new components for the German sports luxury car, including the addition of a new front apron with enormous air intakes. There’s also a new spoiler lip, a blacked out grille, a vented hood, flared wheel arches, aggressive side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a new rear spoiler. Putting on the finishing touches on what has to be one of the most aggressive body kits fitted into a CLS 63 AMG is a stealth matte gray finish that only adds to sports luxury sedan’s insane aggressiveness.

We admit that we’re a little disappointed that there doesn’t appear to be any performance modifications on the car. But if you’re a half-glass-full kind-of-guy, then the car’s standard specs - a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine that produces 557 horsepower and 517 lb/ft of torque - should be plenty enough to justify its God awesome looks.

Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake

The future Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake has stripped down to its skivvie, laying out all it has to offer with no camouflage in sight. For the first time, we can easily see the lines of the rear lights and the hatch opening. And judging by the fact that the car is almost completely bared, we expect to see it launched in the very near future.

The CLS Shooting Brake name is in fact an elegant way of calling this vehicle a station wagon version of the luxury CLS . This means that, except for the rear, the CLS Shooting Brake will feature the same design elements as the four-door coupe model and the same technology and engine lineup.

Expect to see a direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood, capable of producing 306 HP and 273 pound-feet of torque, as well as a 4.6-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with 429 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque.

Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

After revealing the CLS Shooting Break Concept at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show, Mercedes officially confirmed that a production version would follow in the coming years and as is typical, every Mercedes model will also get an AMG version. Today, we have a series of new spy shots of the production ready prototypes, wearing only minimal camouflage.

The new CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake will keep almost all of the sleek lines of the "CLS Shooting Break Concept," but it will get a more aggressive front fascia, sportier wheels and tires, bigger brakes, and a quad tip exhaust.

While the standard version will be powered by a 402 HP 4.6 liter, twin-turbo V8 engine, the AMG version will be powered by a 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that delivers 525 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque. It will be mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission and Controlled Efficiency stop/start function.

An official debut for the Mercedes CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake will be made later in 2012.

We’ve seen some fancy tuning programs from Wald International , particularly their Black Bison line-up. Now it looks like they’ve added another ace into the family with the unveiling of their new Black Bison program for the Mercedes CLS-Class.

The aggressive body kit on the CLS-Class includes a new front bumper, new front wings, side vents, a trunk lid spoiler, and large diffusers. Similarly, the grilles on the Merc have also been revised while the side skirts and the lowered suspension making for a more aggressive stance. For all of these modifications, the most significant inclusion into the car are the blacked out head- and tail-lights, which increases the overall bad-ass look of the car.

The engine of the CLS-Class was largely left unchanged, but considering that the car carries a twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V8 engine that produces 430 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque, we don’t mind the least bit that Wald opted to use only an aero program for their new Black Bison program on the CLS-Class.

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