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 think a Lamborghini Aventador and a McLaren MP4-12C is enough work for a tuning company like Mansory ?

Guess again.

The German tuning company introduced their third presentation at the Geneva Motor Show, this time involving a fully customized Mercedes CLS 63 AMG . Nothing speaks more to Mansory’s capabilities than their expertise in turning a series-production CLS into a bonafide four-wheeled rocket.

The complete modification consists of a comprehensive aerodynamic program made entirely out of carbon fiber. Drawing from their carbon fiber experts, Mansory was able to build by new front and rear wings, new side sill sets and cladding, a newly designed bonnet, a redesigned front apron with daytime driving lights, a new rear apron, a newly-installed diffuser, a rear spoiler, and a new set of 20" ultralight forged wheels.

Inside, Mansory applied a luxurious touch-up to the CLS63 AMG that includes new aluminum pedals and footrests, an elaborately designed full-leather upholstery, polished entry sills, and floor mats with exclusive embroidery. Just like the body components, the interior also gets generous heapings of tailored carbon-fiber components for the dashboard and center console. Finally, the steering wheel gets newly designed ergonomics, further accentuating the improved interior aesthetic of the Mercedes coupe.

More than just being a pretty face, Mansory also sought to improve the car’s performance capabilities. With a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine that produced a stock 557 horsepower and 517 lb/ft of torque, Mansory modified the car’s programmed control unit while also adding a sports air filter for optimized oxygen supply to the high-performance engine. The improvements net 640 horsepower and 664 lb/ft of torque.

Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake

After Mercedes unveiled the new generation CLS , rumors started to circulate about a Shooting Brake version. And while this isn’t the first time the vehicle has been caught testing, it is yet another confirmation that the Shooting Brake is happening, however strange it may seem.

The up and coming CLS Shooting Brake was in Northern Sweden doing some winter testing when our spy photographers caught up with it. If anyone expects to see great things from this new model, we recommend they stop dreaming. The Shooting Brake model will only be a station wagon version of the CLS and will feature the same design language as its sedan brother. The technology and engine lineup will also be shared.

This means that when the CLS Shooting Brake finally makes its appearance, it will be powered by a direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 capable of producing 306 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. An AMG version is also a strong possibility.

The Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake is expected to be unveiled sometime in 2012.

When cars first get released, many tuners jump headfirst into trying to come out with a tuning package that outdoes anything the automaker has already provided. Others seem to be a little slow on the uptake and end up providing packages for vehicles that have been on the market for a little while longer. The Mercedes CLS 63 AMG was unveiled in 2010, but German tuner, MKB, have only recently revealed their upgrade for the luxury sedan, and the added power was well worth the wait.

MKB popped the hood of the CLS63 AMG and tuned the boost pressure, high flow exhaust systems, and ECU management. These powerful modifications gave the 5.5L twin turbo V8 engine a boost to the tune of 122 HP and 221 lb-ft of torque. As a result, the CLS 63 AMG now delivers a total of 640 HP and 737 lb-ft of torque.

With this added power, the Mercedes CLS63 AMG will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, while top speed goes up to an impressive 211 mph. That top speed is like forbidden fruit, however, because it was kept limited to 186 mph. The added punch is controlled with a new set of 19" or 20" aluminum wheels wrapped around Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

So what if the holiday season has come and gone? For some folks, the season extends longer than just the turning of the calendar year and in the spirit of this ’extended’ season, German tuning firm Carlsson has decided to give their CK63 RS some Christmas-themed enhancements.

Their name for it? The CK63 RS Santa Edition. If only Santa used this car instead of his usual sleigh...

The whole idea behind Carlsson building a specially-themed program was to build a concept to present something for the season and, boy, did they ever. The engine specs of the car remain the same as that of the CK63 RS, which means that the car’s 5.5-liter bi-turbo V8 engine saw a noticeable bump in output, from the standard 557 horsepower and 590 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 652 horsepower and 663 lb/ft of torque, with the improvements giving the CLS63 AMG a faster 0-62 mph time of just 4.1 seconds.

Likewise, you’ll also see the same aerodynamic package, one that features a new carbon fiber front spoiler, a new spoiler lip, a new trunk lid spoiler, a rear skirt insert and diffuser, and a new set of 20" Carlsson 1/10 Brilliant Edition lightweight alloy wheels. What makes this special CK63 RS so unique is that it’s been dressed with a Diamond White Metallic paint finish that matches the Nappa Exclusive leather interior trim that comes with a "Santa Red" color.

According to Carlsson, a similar specially-themed CK63 RS will be headed to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show this March, which means that we might have more than just one of these unique bad boys on tap.

We don’t usually associate Playboy with cars, unless scantily clad women were somehow involved, but the American men’s magazine has just unveiled the top 11 hottest models people should buy in 2012. Now guys can really say they are picking up Playboy’s latest issue for the articles!

The top spot for this honorable list goes to none other than the fastest production Jaguar ever built - the XKR-S ! But next to this remarkable sports car is the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 , the Fiat 500 , the Range Rover Evoque , the Lexus CT 200h , the BMW 1-Series M Coupe , the Bentley Continental GTC , the Ford Mustang Boss 302 , the Audi A7 , the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG , and the Hyundai Veloster .

There are certainly many fabulous vehicles to choose from on this list - and some not so fabulous vehicles - so do you agree with the top spot? Let us know in the comments section below!

Source: Playboy

The recently launched Mercedes CLS 63 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine that delivers a total of 518 HP and 516 lb.-ft. of torque - a very impressive output for a luxury sedan, no doubt. That being said, American tuner, Renntech, has found a way to further improve the final output of the car to an impressive 669 HP and 734 lb-ft of torque.

According to the first details offered by the tuner, this is just the Stage 1 upgrade for the CLS63 AMG. In this stage, the extra output is provided by the addition of ECU tuning software and a new exhaust system. This allows the Mercedes to sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds at a speed of 125.01 mph. Better yet, it recently took on a Nissan GT-R at the Palm Beach International Raceway where it achieved a quarter mile in 11.21 seconds at 126 mph.

The total price for this package is $3,495.

Hit the jump to watch the Renntech CLS 63 AMG in action next to the Nissan GT-R.

Carlsson is considered as one of the best Mercedes tuning companies in the world and when customer calls to have their Mercs customized, they answer with some of the most comprehensive programs on the market.

Recently, Carlsson received a client request to build a program for the Mercedes CLS-Class (C218) and they went to work to provide a comprehensive special aerodynamic and performance package based on one of their recently-released programs.

To ensure that the CLS keeps an agile appearance, Carlsson added a new carbon front spoiler and lip spoiler, as well as black steel grille inserts, on the front of the car. At the rear, the German tuning company went out and dropped a rear spoiler and a rear apron insert with a carbon fiber Carlsson RS rear diffuser, providing that extra downforce to create a more stable driving experience of the car. The package was completed by a new set of 20” Carlsson Design alloy wheels.

Inside, Carlsson’s reputation for excellent craftsmanship was in full display. The German tuner took the interior of this luxury sedan and dressed it up with most luxurious of materials, including leather, Alcantara, carbon fiber, and natural wood. The front seats of the car were re-upholstered with Carlsson’s very own Nappa Exclusive leather while the rest of the interior was given velour floor mats with the Carlsson logo, scuff plates with blue illuminated Carlsson logo, and polished aluminium door locking pins.

This unique one-off Carlsson-tuned CLS-Class was given the same engine set-up as the Mercedes CK63 RS , a model Carlsson introduced at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Just like that model, this one comes with an engine improvement of up to 649 horsepower and 663 lb/ft of torque, allowing the car to improve its 0-62 mph time from 4.3 seconds to 4.1 seconds.

If we only had the design skills of these people, then we’d probably feel a whole lot better about ourselves. Kidding aside, you have to give props to auto designers that have the skill and creativity to put their thoughts on paper to create the cars that we all have come to enjoy.

AMG, Mercedes ’ high performance division, has released a fascinating video of how an artist creates a design sketch of a Mercedes CLS 63 AMG on paper and transfers it into a digital rendering, all in the space of two-and-a-half minutes.

Obviously, the whole process takes way more than just two-and-something minutes but with time-lapse technology, we get the whole process quickly to see exactly how it unfolds.

It’s an awesome watch and something that all aspiring auto designers should pay careful attention to. Not everybody has the talent for this kind of work and for those that do have it, it’s something that you should look at as motivation to get into the industry.

Source: Mercedes USA
Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake

When Mercedes brought the Shooting Brake Concept to the 2010 Auto China, it was pretty much a done deal that the CLS would get a station wagon variant. The wagon may be getting an elegant name, but it is still a Brake - or in other words, a car that has little to do with luxury but everything to do with being a carrier.

Nonetheless, Mercedes has found a place for the wagon in their lineup and have decided to offer a production version of the concept. We just hope it won’t end in as big a disappointment as the BMW 5-Series GT , but enough about that, let’s talk about the car. Spy photographers have caught the first prototypes of the CLS Shooting Brake testing and the little camouflage found on the vehicles show that the model will generally be identical to the concept car. As for the engine line-up, expect to see the same engines as in the sedan: four petrol and diesel engines, with four, six, and eight cylinders pushing out between 204 HP and 408 HP. Even an AMG Shooting Brake will be offered with a 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine delivering 525 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque, and room to carry your luggage at a very high speed.

Expect to see the new CLS Shooting Brake sometime in 2012 with sales beginning shortly thereafter.

The Mercedes CLS 63 AMG was launched back in April, but until now, only Carlsson and Wheelsandmore have found a way to improve the model. Today, German tuner Vath joined that list with the most comprehensive tuning upgrade package for the luxury sedan.

The standard CLS 63 AMG gets a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine that will deliver a total of 518 HP and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s very good in its own right, but at the end of the day, good can always be better. That’s where Vath comes into the picture with an impressive program that takes the car’s output to 660 HP. To accomplish that, Vath came up with the V63RS tuning kit, one that includes optimized charge air cooler system and sports exhaust system consisting of stainless steel catalysts, middle and tail muffler systems. The result is an impressive 660 HP and a peak torque of 708 lbs-ft. With the extra HP, the CLS 63 AMG will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, to 124 mph in 12.0 second and will be capable to hit a top speed of 201 mph.

And to handle this extra power, the tuner will also be offering a new suspension set-up, improved brakes and a new set of forged 3-piece 9x20 inch wheels. For the interior, the tuner is offering a sports steering wheel in leather/leather design and classy black carbon fiber elements.

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