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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.

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Mercedes unveiled the current-generation CLS-Class at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, and since it’s remained the same. So, it’s about time for Mercedes to roll out some updates, and our spy photographers managed to spot the revised CLS out for a little test run. For the first time, we get a look at both the exterior and the interior of the upcoming CLS , so we can really see what Benz is up to.

Of course, do not expect this revision to bring any huge changes, but I suspect that tp see some elements inspired by other recently launched Mercedes models. The prototype caught testing wears almost no camouflage, revealing that only the front and the rear bumpers will be updated, while the grille will feature one bar instead of two.

The coolest updates are the new LED headlights with "Active Multibeam." This system ensures that the lights are checked 100 times every second in order to give the maximum of light for the surroundings.

On the inside, the revised CLS will get a larger Command screen, a new button layout in the center console and a new steering wheel.

I expect Mercedes to retain the engine lineup. but Mercedes will likely do some light revisions to increase fuel economy.

Expect the revised Mercedes CLS to be unveiled by the end of the year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes CLS-Class.

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Mercedes unveiled the CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake version late in 2012 and it looks like a facelift version is already under development. Our spy photographers managed to shot the first images of what appears to be an updated version of the current sports station wagon.

The prototype wears little camouflage - a clear indication that only minor parts will be revised, with no changes expected to happen under the hood. After all the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake is already a very powerful wagon: it gets a 5.5-liter V-8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 525 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

For the exterior Mercedes will focus on making the car fresh and ready to stay on the market for a few more years. As a result the updates should be inspired by the recently launched AMG models and they should be limited to some minor tricks to the front and rear bumper. Some minor changes will also be made under the hood.

Expect the revised CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake to be revealed sometime in early 2014, most likely at a major show like the Geneva Motor Show.

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After a pretty cool tuning kit prepared for the BMW M5 , Vorsteiner turned its attention to another German luxury car, this time a Mercedes CLS63 AMG . As with pretty much all the other kits prepared by the tuner, the only updates offered for the CLS are limited to the exterior look.

To be completely honest with you, the CLS 63 AMG really doesn’t need any updates, as it comes fully loaded from the factory, including a 5.5-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. With the optional AMG Performance Pack, the power jumps to 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

The updates that Vorsteiner made to the exterior are limited to just three elements that give the CLS63 AMG a sportier look and to further improve the aerodynamic features of the four-door coupe .

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLS63 AMG by Vorsteiner.

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Mercedes-Benz is not offering a Black Series variant for its CLS four-door coupe ; at least not yet.

Until the company decides to make the CLS even sportier and more aggressive, aftermarket tuning companies are stepping in to fill the void.

Prior Design just revealed a new PD550 package for the CLS-Class to add some AMG Black Series-inspired styling elements. The kit can be applied to all the models in the second generation, and, as usual, it contains elements made from Dura-Flex glass-fiber reinforced plastic (FRP).

This special material is characterized by an excellent surface finish that makes it easy to paint to exact Mercedes-Benz colors, sufficient strength to improve high-speed stability and the flexibility to be almost as durable over speed bumps as OEM parts.

Thanks to the new PD550 kit, the CLS now features an aggressive front fascia combined with that cool titanium graphite exterior paint. A set of wheels is the final touch to create the CLS of your dreams.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLS PD550 Black Edition by Prior-Design.

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What is the appeal of a really hardcore performance sedan ? There are a dozen valid reasons, and most car guys will not need much persuading to get on-board. Killer pace starts from the new Panamera Turbo ’s projected 3.2-second blastoff to 60 mph.

The ingredients for the recipe are deceptively simple: big power all over the rev dial, rear-drive bias strongly preferred, and a manual box unless the automatic is absolutely state of the art.

The last and least important part? Those rear doors. Buyers of the hottest full-size performance sedans typically do not mind a tiny back seat. After all, the best possible passengers back there will probably be adoring ladies in thousand-dollar outfits.

So, megalux atmosphere back there is more important than true comfort and versatility. After all, you cannot take three beautiful and giggling best friends for a windows-down, radio-up spin in the hills without a swanky coupe-like sedan.

Even better is a stomping acceleration soundtrack and real panache outside the hottest bars and restaurants. No longer just Euro exclusives: all the cars on this list can be bought or ordered right here in the U.S. for 2013 or 2014.

Representatives from BMW , Mercedes, Lexus , Jaguar, Audi and Cadillac are also proudly represented in this market for $50,000-plus super sedans.

Click past the jump for the current Top Ten Best Performance Sedans, with a few in there you might not have expected.

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.

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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).

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

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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