The redesigned CL500 is another in a long line of legendary Mercedes-Benz coupes.
The unique pillarless design of the CL-Class may be familiar, but that’s where the comparisons end. The 2007 CL500 adds PRE-SAFE® technology, and a 20-gigabyte hard drive for faster processing. The new stance casts a silhouette that’s poised to launch forward — and the emboldened look is accented with an aggressive front air dam, aerodynamically chiseled rear bumper, a classic front grille, and staggered-width 18" 9-spoke alloy wheels.
The eight-cylinder powerplant in the CL 500 delivers 285 kW/382 hp and generates a maximum torque of 530 Newton metres from 2800 rpm. As such the newly developed engine outperforms the existing V8 unit by 26 percent in terms of output and 15 percent when it comes to torque. Equipped with four-valve technology, variably adjustable shifting camshafts, a two-stage intake module and tumble flaps in the intake ducts, the new V8 is among the most advanced, powerful engines in its displacement class. The CL 500 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds (previous model: 6.3 seconds).
With a specific fuel consumption of 233 grams per kilowatt hour (g/kWh) at peak efficiency and 345 g/kWh at part-throttle (2000 rpm, 2 bar), this engine is easily the most fuel-efficient unit in this displacement and output class.
Transmission 7-speed automatic. Electronically controlled shifting. Driver-adaptive programming adjusts shift points to the driver’s current driving style. Driver-selectable Comfort mode starts the vehicle moving in 2nd gear, or 2nd Reverse gear, and upshifts at lower rpm to help improve control on slippery surfaces.
Drive configuration Rear-wheel drive.
Rear axle ratio 2.65:1
Distronic Plus: $2,850 - Distronic adaptive cruise control is the world’s first adaptive cruise control. A radar sensor in the grille can pinpoint the location of a moving car ahead of you. Distronic can automatically adjust the throttle — and even apply up to 20 percent of the car’s braking power — to help you maintain the following distance you have selected.
Heated Steering Wheel: $450 - The steering-wheel heater can rapidly heat the steering wheel for the enhanced comfort of the driver in cold weather. Wires embedded in leather portions of the steering-wheel rim heat the wheel. After about seven minutes, the system’s heating capacity is automatically reduced.
19" Multi-Spoke Wheel - $1,200
18" 9-Spoke Wheel - $0
iPod Integration Kit: $425 - Taking your personal music collection with you wherever you go has never been easier. Mercedes-Benz offers seamless integration of your iPod* into the audio system of your CL-Class. With an interface that is compatible with any dock-connector equipped iPod device, your iPod charges while it is playing**. Steering wheel controls and a comprehensive visual display of the artist and song title make your iPod a perfect fit with your Mercedes-Benz — and help you keep your attention focused on the road.
P1: Premium I: $1,950 -
Heated & Active Ventilated Front Seats - Enhance comfort for your passengers with front seats that circulate air through perforations in the upholstery via miniature internal fans.
Keyless Go - Keyless Go lets you lock and unlock your vehicle as well as start and stop the engine without using a key. A transponder located in the SmartKey identifies you — allowing you to unlock the door simply by touching the handle, and to start your vehicle’s engine at the touch of a button.
P2: Premium II: $5,650
Includes all items from P1 plus:
Drive-Dynamic Multicontour Front Seats - Adding the Drive-Dynamic Multicontour Front Seats provides the ultimate in seating ergonomics and comfort. Fifteen pneumatic chambers in the seat can be adjusted for optimal seating position. For added control when cornering, the system also continuously monitors driving conditions and adjusts air chambers within the seat for added support on the side where you need it to help counteract lateral G-forces. If PRE-SAFE® senses that a collision is imminent, it will inflate the air chambers in the cushions and seat backs to help hold the driver and the front passenger in their positions.
Night View Assist - Night View Assist allows you to see more at night, particularly when oncoming vehicle headlights temporarily blind your view of the road ahead. Two infrared projectors mounted inside the vehicle headlamps emit an infrared light beam approximately 500 feet in front of the car. Invisible to the human eye, this reflected light is picked up by a small camera mounted inside the vehicle. The view appears on the interior instrument cluster high-resolution screen, helping you recognize and react to potential trouble much sooner.
Dynamic Rear View Monitor- This innovative driver assistance advancement enables you to see what’s behind your vehicle when reversing. It also makes parallel parking and backing into a parking space easier and more accurate than ever before. When you shift into Reverse, a wide-angle camera — mounted discreetly in the trunk lid recess area — captures an image of what’s behind the vehicle and displays it in the COMAND screen on the dash. This image is overlaid with dynamic guidelines, which react to steering wheel inputs to assist you in making accurate parking maneuvers. These guidelines can be alternated between parallel parking and perpendicular parking, depending on the driving need.
321 AMG Sport-Package: $5,600
AMG Bodystyling The spirit of performance takes form in the CL-Class AMG bodystyling. An aggressive AMG-designed front air dam tames the wind, sending it past sculpted, lower side sills and around a seductively styled rear apron. If you’re looking to further accentuate the athletic personality of your CL-Class, the AMG Sport Package is the answer.
19” AMG 5-Spoke Wheel This package also includes, staggered-width 19" AMG 5-spoke light alloy wheels wrapped in 255/40 R19 tires in front, and asphalt-grabbing 275/40 R19 high-performance rubber in back.
Before you even climb into the redesigned CL600, it’s clear that this magnificent feat of engineering and design takes its inspirations, inside and out, from the vigorous bi-turbo V-12 beneath the hood.
Steeped in luxury, the interior features Poplar wood trim and Exclusive leather upholstery to enhance the cockpit with supple elegance and comfort. Outside, a more aggressive stance and sleeker contours are highlighted by streamlined moldings and assertive 18" 5-spoke light-alloy wheels.
An ultra-modern biturbo twelve-cylinder engine under the bonnet of the new CL 600 generates its impressive power. Mercedes engineers have enhanced numerous de-tails of the power unit and, compared to the predecessor model, have increased out-put by 12 kW/17 hp to 380 kW/517 hp. The maximum torque, already on tap from 1900 rpm, has been improved further by 30 Newton metres to 830 Newton metres and remains constant up to 3500 rpm. The new CL 600 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds (previous model: 4.8 seconds). And despite the significant per-formance boost the V12 engine consumes 0.4 litres less fuel than the previous CL 600 per 100 kilometres.
Transmission 5-speed automatic. Electronically controlled shifting. Driver-adaptive programming adjusts shift points to the driver’s current driving style. Driver-selectable Comfort mode starts the vehicle moving in 2nd gear, or 2nd Reverse gear, and upshifts at lower rpm to help improve control on slippery surfaces.
Drive configuration Rear-wheel drive.
Rear axle ratio 2.65:1
19" Multi-Spoke Wheel: $1,200
iPod Integration Kit: $425 - Taking your personal music collection with you wherever you go has never been easier. Mercedes-Benz offers seamless integration of your iPod* into the audio system of your CL-Class. With an interface that is compatible with any dock-connector equipped iPod device, your iPod charges while it is playing. Steering wheel controls and a comprehensive visual display of the artist and song title make your iPod a perfect fit with your Mercedes-Benz — and help you keep your attention focused on the road.