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2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG Individual by Brabus

2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG Individual by Brabus

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.

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2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Stealth 750 by German Special Customs

2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Stealth 750 by German Special Customs

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.

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2012 Mercedes CLS-Class by Misha Designs

2012 Mercedes CLS-Class by Misha Designs

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.

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2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG Stealth by German Special Customs

2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG Stealth by German Special Customs

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.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake has stripped and is ready to party

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.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake caught testing with less camo

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.

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2012 Mercedes CLS-Class Black Bison by Wald International

2012 Mercedes CLS-Class Black Bison by Wald International

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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2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG by Mansory

2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG by Mansory

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.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake does some winter testing

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.

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2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG by MKB

2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG by MKB

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.

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2012 Mercedes CK63 RS Santa Edition by Carlsson

2012 Mercedes CK63 RS Santa Edition by Carlsson

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.

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Playboy's Cars of the Year 2012

Playboy’s Cars of the Year 2012

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!

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2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG by Renntech

2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG by Renntech

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.

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2012 Mercedes CLS-Class by Carlsson

2012 Mercedes CLS-Class by Carlsson

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.

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Video: Design rendering of Mercedes CLS 63 AMG in time-lapse

Video: Design rendering of Mercedes CLS 63 AMG in time-lapse

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.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake shows its Carrier Side

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.

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2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG by Vath

2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG by Vath

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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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS500 "Edition Black" by Kicherer

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS500 "Edition Black" by Kicherer

German tuner, Kicherer, has prepared a new performance package based on the latest generation Mercedes CLS500. The package includes matte foil, consistent performance increase, exclusive wheel/tire combinations, and the intense use of high-quality carbon-fiber elements.

The new package is called "Edition Black" and as its name suggests, it is covered with a matte-black foil that transforms the Mercedes into an exclusive one-of-a-kind car. It sits on a new set of 20" RS-1 forged wheels developed in house and combined with a sportive chassis adjustment. The black theme flows into the interior with a specifically developed, black-finish interior set.

While the exterior and interior modifications were subtle, Kicherer spared no expanse for the engine’s changes. The CLS500’s 4.7L V8 engine was massaged to deliver 440 HP and 464 lb-ft of torque, up from the standard 402 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque. Perfect deceleration is provided by a high-performance brake system with steel flex brake lines. The tuner will also be offering a Power Converter system that eliminates the automatic gear inertia.

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2012 Mercedes CK63 RS by Carlsson

2012 Mercedes CK63 RS by Carlsson

During the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Carlsson unveiled the first upgrade package for the 2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG, but it seems they opted out of taking a vacation over the summer to present us with something new. For the 2011 Frankfurt Show, the tuner has revealed the CK63 RS; a new package with even more impressive exterior modifications and an extra 50 HP over the previous package.

The new CK63 RS starts off with the new CLS63 AMG equipped with the AMG Performance Package which increases the V8’s engine output to 557 HP and 589 lbs-ft (up from 525 HP and 516 lbs-ft of torque). After a few tuning tweaks, the new CK63 RS delivers a total of 649 HP and 663 lbs-ft of torque, sprinting the Mercedes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

The exterior design for the new generation Mercedes CLS isn’t ho-hum by any means, but the added muscle provided by Carlsson warranted some changes. For that the tuner added a new front spoiler, a carbon fiber front spoiler lip, painted stainless steel grille inserts, a discrete trunk lip spoiler, and a new rear bumper. There is also a new set of 20" wheels in a double spoke design (available in Brilliant Edition, Graphite Edition, and Titanium Edition) and a new stainless steel sport exhaust system with 4 oval end pipes.

The Mercedes can also be lowered by about 30mm with a Carlsson patented suspension with two sport springs. This suspension reads the road conditions every 150 milliseconds and adjusts accordingly.

For the interior, customers can choose between wood, leather, Alcantara, and carbon fiber. The vehicle’s door panels, seats, and the rear seat bench are covered in Mokka brown Carlsson nappa leather and the dashboard, door panels, and center console have dark brown/matte carbon inlays. Other features of the interior include illuminated door sill panels, soft velour floor mats with a Carlsson logo, and brushed aluminum door pins.

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2012 Brabus Rocket 800

2012 Brabus Rocket 800

Mercedes tuner extraordinaire, Brabus, is bringing their latest Rocket program to the Frankfurt Motor Show through the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. Days ahead of the premiere, details of the tuned-up luxury sedan have finally been revealed, giving us an indication on what to expect for the whole program.

The Brabus Rocket 800 comes with both aesthetic and technical improvements. The former includes a new trim that features a new front fascia with massive air intakes, air outlets for the front fenders, a new rear fender and rear fascia, a diffuser wing, a rear wing, and a set of lightweight Brabus Monoblock F Platinum Edition cross-spoke wheels. Inside, the changes largely feature the usual goodies and luxury refinements that Brabus has come to be known for.

The Brabus Rocket 800 is considered one of the, if not the most powerful luxury sedan in the world. As such, great lengths are have been taken by Brabus to ensure that it lives up to the hype. For the 2012 model, the Mercedes CLS is expected to carry a newly tuned V12 engine that produces 800 horsepower and 811 lb/ft of torque mated to an AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed sports transmission. Performance numbers result in a 0-62 mph sprint time of 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 230 mph.

With its lofty status as one of the fastest luxury sedans in the world, the Brabus Rocket 800 will cost you €429,000, excluding taxes. Base that on current USD exchange rates and you’ll need to shell out $582,000 for the privilege of owning this monster.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Black Bison by Wald International

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Black Bison by Wald International

Japanese tuner, Wald International, is taking one idea and turning it into about 20 with its ongoing Black Bison tuning packages. We’ve seen this package added to all kinds of vehicles, from the Lexus LX570 to the BMW 5-Series F10 and back to the Lexus LS600h. It’s a regular dark-as-night themed soiree at Wald International and the next vehicle to be invited is the new generation Mercedes CLS-Class

As the name of the package suggests, the Mercedes CLS Black Bison is all about the black, inside and out. Aside from that, the CLS also gets upgraded with LED daytime running lights, sport front fenders, side skirts, a rear bumper with LED brake lights, new exhaust tips, and new trunk and roof spoilers. The package sits on a special set of wheels painted in black with a design specially created for the new CLS.

For the interior, the tuner offers black leather for the front and rear seats, a limited set of bespoke floor mats, a three-spoke steering wheel, and new technologies added for a better comfort.

The only other feature Wald International seems to have added is a lowered suspension, which means no changes were made under the hood. Not that we expected any, though. None of the other Black Bison packages have had any power boosts so why would they stray from the formula? That being said, the 2012 Mercedes CLS-Class is already sporting a new 402-hp twin-turbo V-8 so changing it at this point would be jumping the gun just a bit.

Updated 11/30/2011: Today we have added new images of the Mercedes CLS Black Bison by Wald International. Enjoy!

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2011 Mercedes CLS 500 MEC Design

2011 Mercedes CLS 500 MEC Design

Following the release of its Mercedes SLS AMG program last May, MEC Design has gone ahead and introduced their latest Silver Arrow project. However, this time they are focusing their attention on the sporty and luxurious CLS 500.

Included in the styling and aerodynamic kit are new modified bumpers with LED fog lights and daylights, a new ’Extreme’ diffuser on the rear, new side skirts, a three-piece trunklid spoiler, and a rear roof spoiler. In addition to that, the CLS 500 was also given a refreshed grille, LED mirror covers, a decidedly sexy and sleek full matte black foil wrap, four stainless steel pipe tips, and a set of 20" mecxtremeIII full matte black finish alloy wheels that have been wrapped in 285/25 ZR 20 tires. Inside, the CLS 500 receives a new carbon and leather steering wheel to go with new floormats.

MEC Design’s program concentrated on the styling and aerodynamic elements of the CLS 500, opting to leave the car’s 4.6-liter V8 engine that produces an output of 402 horsepower and 443 lb/ft of torque largely untouched.

Not that it should matter because the CLS 500 is already one that has its fair share of high-powered ponies under its hood.

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2011 Mercedes CLS 500 "The Big Black One" by Kicherer

2011 Mercedes CLS 500 "The Big Black One" by Kicherer

Kicherer certainly outdid themselves this time. With a new tuning program for the Mercedes CLS 500 called the "Big Black One", the German tuning company has given us the full breadth of what the CLS is capable of. It’s got a cool nickname that immediately grabs your attention and a look that adds some aggression, but the best part is that it’s got pretty nasty performance upgrades that should make it more imposing than it already is.

On it’s own, this Mercedes already packs quite a mean punch, thanks to a 4.6-liter V8 engine that produces an output of 402 horsepower and 443 lb/ft of torque. But thanks to a software update and the addition of a new sports exhaust system, Kicherer was able to bump up the output to 463 horsepower and 509 lb/ft of torque.

On top of the engine improvements, the tuning company also installed their very own PowerConverter, allowing the car to have a faster jump out of the block than it normally would. A power upgrade with a speed boost? Sounds sweet to us.

The car’s chassis was also given a HighEnd Foliation treatment in matte black and carbon to go with the addition of a set of of its own hand-made 20" RS-1 forged wheels.

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2012 Mercedes CLS AMG by Wheels and More

2012 Mercedes CLS AMG by Wheels and More

Some may remember the stark contrast of black and white used to set the original Mercedes E55 AMG apart from the pack. The black leather with white inserts and a swatch of white on the steering wheel gave the car an aggressive attitude. Wheels and More has taken the latest Mercedes CLS AMG and brought back some of that original flair, but this tuning company has added several tasteful components to make this one of the first tuned CLS models in the world.

To complement the bold white exterior, three piece black alloy wheels were added. These are the newest version of the 6Sporz model and they measure 9.5 x 20 in the front and 11 x 20 in the rear. That large wheel is backed up with some serious rubber from Dunlop; namely 255/30/20 Sportmaxx’s in the front and 305/25/20 Sportmaxx’s at the back. These huge patches of rubber should help keep this CLS glued tightly to the road.

More details on the Mercedes CLS by Wheels and More after the jump.

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2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG

2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG

Two months after Mercedes unveiled the standard CLS model at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, the better version of the CLS-Class was ready to spice up the eagerly waiting public. The CLS63 AMG showed its face at the LA Auto Show and it was ready to bring the heat with its 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine.

A standard CLS model is offered with either a 204 HP six cylinder engine or a 408 HP V8, but the AMG version will use a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine that will deliver a total of 518 HP and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. There will also be a Performance Package that will increase the engine’s power to 550 hp and 590 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Mercedes CLS63 AMG should go on sale in the summer of 2011 with a starting price of 115,846 Euros (about $155K at the current rates).

UPDATE 04/26/2011: Mercedes has announced prices for the CLS 63 AMG luxury sports sedan. The new model will go on sale in the summer of 2011, with prices starting from $94,900. Prices exclude a $875 destination & delivery charge.

UPDATE 05/16/2011: The new Mercedes CLS 63 AMG is now officially on sale on the US market. And this was the perfect opportunity to add new images to our gallery. Enjoy!

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2011 Mercedes CLS63 AMG by Wheelsandmore

2011 Mercedes CLS63 AMG by Wheelsandmore

German tuner, Wheelsandmore, has released their first package for the relatively young Mercedes CLS63 AMG and boy did we hope it was going to be good. With tuning kits provided by Carlsson and Brabus delivering 600HP and 730HP respectively, Wheelsandmore needed to come out with a spectacular package to even think about competing against these packages. Unfortunately, Wheelsandmore only managed to increase the V8’s engine to a total of 580 HP while elevating the peak torque to 575 lbs-ft. In order to obtain this 62 HP increase, the tuner modified the ECU and installed a new exhaust system to make the engine sound that much better.

Next to the engine upgrades, Wheelsandmore is also offering a new set of 20" three-part forged wheels, finished in black, and a new KW suspension. The wheels create a perfect contrast with the white exterior paint and the carbon fiber aero parts, but we can’t say they are enough to make up for the mild power update. Technically, 62 HP isn’t a mild increase whatsoever, but with other kits provided drastic power upgrades, the Mercedes CLS63 AMG by Wheelsandmore just falls short.

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2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG by Carlsson

2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG by Carlsson

At the end of 2010, Carlsson revealed an impressive tuning package for the new generation Mercedes CLS-Class. Now the tuner has moved on to the most powerful model in the CLS lineup: the CLS 63 AMG.

For the CLS 63 AMG package, the 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine has been updated to deliver an impressive 600 HP, up from the standard 518 HP and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Next to this, the tuner is offering a nifty aerodynamic package that includes a new front spoiler, an RS front spoiler lip (available in real carbon), a new rear spoiler, a rear apron, and a built-in diffuser which functions as a tailplane and ensures extra downforce and more stable road holding at high speeds.

As an added bonus, this package can be applied to any other model in the CLS-Class line-up.

Hit the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLS 63 by Carlsson.

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2011 Mercedes CLS 55 AMG and SL 65 AMG by Pole Position Tuning

2011 Mercedes CLS 55 AMG and SL 65 AMG by Pole Position Tuning

There’s no shortage of tuning firms that work on wide-body aerodynamic kits for Mercedes vehicles. Whether it’s a renowned firm like Brabus or just a local custom company in your town, you’re going to inevitably find someone that can offer you these packages.

Over in Osaka, Japan, a shop called Pole Position Tuning recently released their aerodynamic kits for two Mercedes models, the CLS-Class and the SL Class. Judging by the photos of these two kitted out Mercs, the folks over at PPT have definitely shown some promise with their packages.

The Mercedes CLS-Class was given a wide-body kit, a lower stance, and a set of custom wheels. The wheels look massive, and the tires practically look non-existent when tucked in the wheel arch, making it seem as if driving the Mercedes will give way to some metal to metal action. On top of that, there’s also a pretty intimidating rear wing that, if you ask us, doesn’t really suit the luxury styling of the CLS. The wide-body kit, the lowered stance, and the custom wheels all look good on the car, but that rear wing, especially those aluminum wing mounts, does very little to give the car’s overall luxury appearance some justice.

Hit the jump to see what Pole Position Tuning did with the SL 65 AMG.

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2011 Brabus Rocket Preview

2011 Brabus Rocket Preview

A few years ago, noted Mercedes tuning firm Brabus released their monster of a sedan appropriately called ‘Rocket’. Back then, the Brabus Rocket blazed through the record books for posting a top speed of 227.26 miles per hour, becoming the fastest four-door saloon of its kind or size in the world. Five years after the last Brabus Rocket burned out hearts, the German tuning firm is gearing up for one pretty damn good sequel.

Now that Mercedes has a new CLS-Class ready to hit the streets, Brabus took one of these bad boys back to their shop to give it their own, shall we say, ‘interpretative modifications’. The result, ladies and gentlemen, is the new Brabus Rocket.

Details behind the new Rocket have yet to be revealed – Brabus is saving the surprise for Geneva – so we’re just going to have to settle for waiting a few more days before we can get a good look at what could be another record-breaking four-door sedan. In the meantime, do check out these teaser photos of the new Rocket courtesy of Brabus. It doesn’t show a whole lot, but it does tell us one clearly important thing: the new Brabus Rocket has finally arrived.

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2011 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Fashion Force

2011 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Fashion Force

We would have rather had the fashion police on patrol, but instead it looks like we are going to get a dressed up Mercedes CLS 63 AMG rolling down the streets of New York ready to dole out rides for the most fashionable citizens of the Big Apple. No, this isn’t a bad joke, but the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Fashion Force decked out in police livery and working as the official car at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

"The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Force car is a statement about New York being one of the greatest fashion capitals of the world and the confident approach to individualistic style that people strive to explore throughout this amazing city," said Brad Goreski.

Whatever made these crazy fashionistas decide to allow a Mercedes to play taxi in New York had more than just a great fashion sense. The CLS 63AMG is powered by a powerful 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine that delivers a total of 518 HP and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. If you happen to be in the area from Thursday, February 10th, 2011 until Monday, February 14th, 2011, then make sure you try to hitch a ride on this unique fashion patrol car.

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2012 Mercedes CLS by Brabus

2012 Mercedes CLS by Brabus

With the new generation Mercedes CLS recently launched it was just a matter of time until it would caught tuner’s attention. And it did, time time from Brabus. This time they have only focused on the standard version, but a more powerful kit based on the CLS63 AMG model has also been announced.

Their package for the CLS includes both interior and exterior updates, but also a pretty impressive engine update. While for the standard CLS the tuner revealed no details, they promised that for the AMG version the 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine will be tuned to deliver an impressive 730 HP (up from a standard of 525 HP).

And for the interior there is the usual Brabus front and rear bumper, new side skirts, lots of LED lights, Brabus logo and of course a new set of wheels. There is no words about the interior just yet, but be sure it will be more sportier than ever.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS by Carlsson

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS by Carlsson

The new generationMercedes CLS has just been launched onto the market and tuners are already preparing tuning packages for it. The first was brought on by Lorinser, and now Carlsson is bringing the second. Their package includes both petrol and diesel engine updates and an impressive exterior kit.

The aerodynamic kit starts with a new front spoiler and RS front spoiler lip, as well as power domes for the bonnet and mudguard inserts. All of these features are also available in real carbon. Finishing the front end’s makeover are new front apron inserts with LED fog lamps and built-in air inlets. Get to the back of the Mercedes andCarlsson has added a new rear spoiler, a stainless steel rear silencer, and two oval tailpipes.

For the interior, the tuner is offering an Alcantara sports steering wheel, pedals and foot rests made of brushed aluminum, and velour foot mats featuring the Carlsson logo.

The CLS 350 CGI and CLS 350 CDI models are getting a bump up on the rest with a CK35 performance kit. This kit gets the CGI up to 333hp and the CDI to 320hp. With this power increase the CLS will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.

This package adds much more to the luxury sedan than the package from Lorinser, but we are sure that by the time the Mercedes CLS gets put on the market, these packages will see plenty of changes and renditions.

Press release after the jump.

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2012 - 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS

2012 - 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS

After the leaked brochure from the other days, Mercedes has decided to uncover the new generation CLS-Class before its official debut at the Paris Auto Show. And as everyone expected, the new CLS keeps the same proportions as the old model, but has adopted a completely new look inspired by the Shooting Break Concept.

The CLS’s design combines elements from the concept with the new SLS AMG: there is a long, sporty bonnet, a grille dominated by the large central star, large, elongated dark air inlets with black grilles, full LED headlamps, flared wheel arches and wide wrap-around tail lights featuring LED technology.

The interior also combines innovative details and handcrafted perfection: a high line sweeps from the driver’s door over the instrument panel support and across to the front passenger door. The central display has also been integrated harmoniously into the upper part of the instrument panel. At the same time, the downward sweeping side line on the doors continues the dynamic dropping line of the exterior.

Mercedes said nothing about the car’s specifications, but we expect a new 3.5-liter direct-injection V6, as well as a twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V8. That last motor will put out around 430 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. There will be an AMG version with the new 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 as well.

Hit the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLS-Class.

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Video: New Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG To Debut In Los Angeles

Video: New Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG To Debut In Los Angeles

Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil the CLS63 AMG at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the middle of November, according to Autolinknews. The base CLS was recently shown at the Paris Motor Show and we were in awe at its beauty.

The AMG version will likely feature a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged 554 horsepower V8. There might be a performance package offered from AMG that will raise the horsepower rating to 571. This will be the third performance car that the 5.5-liter V8 will have been used in, as it was previously used in the S63 AMG and theCL63 AMG.

Compared to the base CLS, the AMG tuned sedan will get some changes to the overall aerodynamics, including the rear bumper, as it will need to make room for quad tail pipes.

Hit the jump to see a video of the CLS63 AMG going for a lap around the Nurburgring in Germany.

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Video: Kids love the all-new 2012 Mercedes CLS

The next time you’re in the process of buying a Mercedes, you might want to ask input from your little kid because as this commercial proves, they really know what makes for an awesome car. And if they’re shrewd enough to hatch up a plan to get a 2012 Mercedes CLS sedan to stop at a red light as they take a closer look at it, then these wily rascals are about as good a reference as you can find when you’re in the market for a 2012 CLS.

Mercedes has yet to divulge details behind the car – we expect them to do so when it’s unveiled at the Paris Motor Show – but we already expect a number of things from the all-new Shooting Brake Concept-inspired CLS, including a number of engine options including a 3.5-liter direct-injection VG engine and a 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged V8 variant.

For now, though, we highly suggest that you give this commercial a look-see. If for nothing else, it proves one thing about children these days...

They may same the darndest things a lot of the time, but clearly, they also know an awesome car when they see one.

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2012 Mercedes CLS AMG by Brabus

2012 Mercedes CLS AMG by Brabus

Ever wonder what’s hiding underneath the camouflage of what supposedly was the next-generation CLS 63 AMG? Well, the cat is finally out of the bag.

In these renderings that we’ve obtained, we finally get a close-up look at the new CLS to come out of the wood-work and by goodness, this tuned up luxury car is poised to give the Aston Martin Rapide, the Porsche Panamera Turbo, and the yet-to-be-released Audi S7 a serious run for their money.

In addition to the svelte and aggressive styling that makes it look modern, fresh, and ultimately sexy, the next-gen CLS AMG is expected to come with a 6.3-liter V8 engine that produces somewhere around 525 horsepower and is mated to a Speedshift MCT 7-speed gearbox. And true to its tuning roots, Brabus even gave this CLS quite an upgrade, improving its suspension, braking, and aerodynamic features from the standard CLS models, which, incidentally, was unveiled just a few weeks ago.

Needless to say, we’re dying to see this luxury beast out on the streets someday. When that will be is still anyone’s guess, but if it looks as good as these renderings, then this car better hit dealerships sometime soon.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS

2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS

There are better people to protect secrets than the people over at Mercedes-Benz. Thanks to folks over at eMercedesBenz, the new CLS has been leaked. This is the first time we have seen the car in all of its glory.

As far as engine choices go, eMercedesBenz is reporting that there will be a new 3.5-liter direct-injection V6, as well as a twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V8. That last motor will put out around 430 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. There will be an AMG version with the new 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 as well.

As we thought, the front of the car takes its design cues from the Shooting Break Concept. The grille is upright and the front is far more aggressive. The headlights are sectioned off and they look sensational. It should be interesting to see how the new LED lights look at night when they’re lit up. Around the back, the CLS gets a shapelier rear-end. The old CLS wasn’t exactly ugly, but this new machine is brilliant.

In the cabin, the CLS has the same seating arrangement with a center console that runs the full length of the cabin, like we find in the Aston Martin Rapide. That design works for this car as it would be tough to squeeze three in the back with that roofline.

Now that Mercedes doesn’t have anything to hide, we should see the car’s official photos sometime soon.

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2012 Mercedes CLS Interior fully exposed

2012 Mercedes CLS Interior fully exposed

We have already seen the 2012 Mercedes CLS’s exterior fully unveiled, and, we have to say, we were very impressed by its much more angular and aggressive stance. The creased shoulder line which runs from the top of the front wheel arch backwards and the dramatically flared rear wheel arches add an edgy look to the luxury vehicle and the rear lights and shaped exhausts also stand out, giving the rear of the car a more obviously sculpted appearance than the previous generation CLS.

Of course, having the exterior revealed only leaves the interior as a dark void for feeding imaginations and assumptions. Thankfully, the CLS’s new interior has been fully exposed by sneaky spy photographers.

Looking at the new photos, it looks as if Mercedes has not failed in immersing it’s customers in a sea of leather, wood, and technology. Mercedes has undoubtedly lived up to its image as the quintessence of luxury once again and the spy shots of the interior and the previous shots of the exterior are proof of that.

Look for the official debut of the new 2012 Mercedes CLS this fall at the Paris Motor Show.

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Mercedes CLS spied at official photo shoot

Mercedes CLS spied at official photo shoot

The new generation Mercedes CLS is about to make its debut. How do we know that? Well, because Mercedes has already been taking a few official photos of the four door coupe and one lucky guy just happened to be at the right place at the right time during a Mercedes press shoot.

The 2011 CLS will feature a larger, more upright grille with bold horizontal bars and angular headlights with LED lights and chrome inserts on the rubbing strips, window trim, and bootlid.

Under the hood Mercedes will place a pair of petrol and diesel engines, with the top version getting a new twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 engine with an output of 429bhp and 700Nm of torque. That’s an improvement of more than 12% over the current CLS 500, while in the same time fuel economy is also improved to 30mpg. The CLS 63 AMG will get a new 5.5-liter bi-turbo engine that will be able to produce over 571 HP and 664 lb-ft of torque.

Stay tuned, we’ll get back with more details!

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2011 Mercedes CLS caught undisguised

2011 Mercedes CLS caught undisguised

We have only been able to capture the future generation Mercedes CLS-Class in its camouflaged state a couple of times and we have been perusing in order to catch it unclothed. We are happy to say that the CLS is finally naked and caught on film! Today, we can see the Mercedes CLS-Class in all its glory and we have to say, we are very pleased.

The new model features a more upright grille, more pronounced front fender flares, and a smartly drawn hood. It will compete with models like the Audi A7 and the Porsche Panamera. The official debut will be made in September at the Paris Auto Show, with sales to begin in early 2011.

The new member of Mercedes’ CLS line will be powered by the company’s new 5.5-liter bi-turbo engine, a different engine from the car’s closest predecessor, the CLS 63 AMG, which was powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine. With the new 5.5-liter bi-turbo, the new CLS will be able to produce over 544 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque for the standard form with a more powerful performance package - 571 ponies and 664 lb-ft of torque.

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2011 Mercedes CLS

2011 Mercedes CLS

Mercedes’ new prized beauty, the CLS saloon that’s been designated as the ’C218’, is still a few months - give or take - away from its highly-anticipated unveiling. Of course, that hasn’t stopped curious bees like us from trying to get as good a look at the car whenever the opportunity presents itself, which is probably why we got all geeked up when this spy video of the CLS AMG doing some lap runs at the Nurburgring found its way on the Internet.

The new member of Mercedes’ CLS line will be powered by the company’s new 5.5-liter bi-turbo engine, a different engine from the car’s closest predecessor, the CLS 63 AMG, which was powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine. With the new 5.5-liter bi-turbo, the new CLS will be able to produce over 544 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque for the standard form with a more powerful performance package - 571 ponies and 664 lb-ft of torque - also being offered.

That’s the extent of what we know about the new CLS saloon with Mercedes being extra cautious in divulging more information about the car. In any case, the new CLS is expected to be unveiled later this year, possibly at the Paris Motor Show, at which time we’re going to be feasting our eyes on the new Merc eye-catcher with longing looks.

UPDATE 07/16/2010: The Mercedes CLS-Class has been caught undisguised! Hit the jump for more info and a picture of the naked CLS!

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2012 Mercedes CLS by Lorinser

2012 Mercedes CLS by Lorinser

It seems tuners are getting a little antsy when it comes to providing tuning kits for new car models. The Mercedes CLS hasn’t even been launched yet and already tuning firm, Lorinser, has come up with a tuning kit for the luxury sedan. The tuner will make updates to the engine, chassis, and exterior.

"We will distribute our tuning-version globally in 45 countries, therefore a sophisticated body-design is required." Well, lucky for them sophisticated body designs are something they can do well. Remember their rendition of the Mercedes E-Class? That package is pretty similar to the one being provided for the Mercedes CLS. Both packages add a unique styling to the vehicle. For this tuning kit large air intake grills are added providing a little character to the front end of the elusive Mercedes CLS. They provide an optimal fresh air supply to the engine and brakes. Lorinser has also extended the fenders which leaves plenty of room for the 21-inch light-alloy wheels. This was also provided for the Mercedes E-Class kit provided back in January.

We have already seen a few spyshots of the anticipated Mercedes CLS, but to have a tuning kit provided for a car that has not even been revealed yet is quite an impressive feat for a tuner. Let’s just hope it is what they expect.

UPDATE 07/19/11: More than a year after it was first teased to us, Lorinser has finally released the first batch of photos for the 2012 CLS-Class. That took a while, didn’t it? Well, if your patience wore as thin as ours, then you won’t have any problems digesting the new batch of photos in the gallery below.

Press release after the jump.

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2012 Mercedes CLS Uncamouflaged Spyshots

2012 Mercedes CLS Uncamouflaged Spyshots

This is the first time we have seen fully uncamouflaged spyshots of the 2012 Mercedes CLS so we expect a press release from Mercedes in the next few days.

As you can see from the pictures, the CLS features a much more angular, aggressive nose than the car it replaces. We can also see that the creased shoulder line which runs from the top of the front wheel arch backwards and the dramatically flared rear wheel arches, which look like those on the Bentley Continental, have all made production. The rear lights and shaped exhausts also stand out, giving the rear of the car a more obviously sculpted appearance than the previous generation CLS.

This particular model is the CLS 350CGI, equipped with the firm’s V-Generation 3.5-liter engine which produces 302bhp and 370Nm. It features Mercedes’ fuel-saving BlueEfficiency technology and is the engine that is also featured in the Shooting Break concept.

More details and the full official set of pictures will be made available ahead of the car’s debut at this October’s Paris Motor Show. Meanwhile, check out the previous test mule shots in the gallery for reference on how the car was camouflaged before.

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2011 Mercedes Concept Shooting Break

2011 Mercedes Concept Shooting Break

After the first images surfaced this morning, Mercedes has brought the official details on the Concept Shooting Break that will make its world debut at Auto China 2010. The concept is a preview version of the CLS-Class Station Wagon model, but it also represents a clear indication of the further emotional appeal of the Mercedes design idiom.

The concept’s exterior is defined by a long bonnet, narrow-look windows with frameless side windows and a dynamic roof. A first on a Mercedes model are the full LED headlamps divided into three arrow-shaped layers from top to bottom with a total of 71 LEDs. The concept sits on large 20-inch sterling silver wheels, featuring a special bionically arranged five-spoke filigree design.

Under the hood Mercedes placed its latest V-engine generation: a 3.5 liters V6 engine that produces 306 HP with a maximum torque of 370 Nm.

On the interior the concept gets natural wood and leather materials and a large full-length center console.

"The Concept Shooting Break is based on the great tradition of a stylish, cultivated sportiness which has always characterised the great Mercedes Coupés, and it takes this unique legacy an exciting step further", explains Professor Gorden Wagener, chief designer at Mercedes-Benz. "At the same time it points the way towards the future design idiom of Mercedes-Benz."

Press release after the jump.

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Mercedes Shooting Break Concept - first images revealed

Mercedes Shooting Break Concept - first images revealed

The Mercedes Shooting Break Concept - a station wagon version for the CLS-Class - will make its world debut later this week at the Beijing motor show. But like usual, the first images surfaced a little bit earlier. The production version - internally known as the X218 - will compete with models like the forthcoming Audi A7 and the BMW 5-series GT. "The Shooting Break is based on a tradition of cultivated sportiness," said Gorden Wagener, chief designer at Mercedes-Benz. "At the same time it points the way towards the further development of the design idiom of Mercedes."

The Shooting Brake concept is 4960mm long, 1950mm wide and 1444mm tall and will feature a new gaping grille (same as in the new SLS AMG), headlamps with 71 LED units, a heavily angled rear window, top-hinged tailgate and large LED-enhanced tail-lights.

The Mercedes Shooting Break will be offered with a new range of V6 and V8 engines: a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an output of 306 HP and a twin-turbocharged 4,6 liter V8 engine that will deliver 435 hp. Next to them Mercedes will also offer two diesel engines: a twin-turbo 2.1-liter, four-cylinder unit with 204bhp and a single-turbo 3.0-liter V6 with 231bhp. All the engines will be mated to a new 7G-tronic seven-speed automatic gearbox.

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2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG spied testing

2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG spied testing

The next generation CLS-Class Mercedes will not only bring a Shooting Brake version, but also an AMG version. And while we have seen many spy shots of the standard version, the AMG version was caught testing for the first time. It will go on sale in 2011 and will compete with the Porsche Panamera Turbo, Aston Martin Rapide, and the future Audi S7.

The 2011 CLS 63 AMG will be powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine delivering a total of 525 hp mated to a Speedshift MCT 7-speed gearbox. It will be distinguished by a standard CLS by new sport, improved suspension, braking and aerodynamic touches, and 18" wheels.

This is sure to deliver an impressive performance against its main competitors listed above. Specs for the future Audi S7 are limited, but the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG’s power could surely outrank the 300-500hp found in the Porsche Panamera Turbo and the 470hp found in the Aston Martin Rapide. We can’t wait to the results of this matchup when the CLS 63 AMG hits the streets.

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ASMA's Matte Blue Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG

ASMA’s Matte Blue Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG

Only in Dubai will you find car-owners who dont seem to give an iota as to what their cars would look like to other people for as long it looks like an apple to their eyes.

For the most part, we’ve had to live with such beautiful cars being given one too many facelifts and tuning set-ups. This time, the owner of this Mercedes CLS55 AMG found a little help with tuning house ASMA.

Known for their rather unconventional packages, ASMA has clearly outdone itself this time with this matte blue-finish CLS55 AMG.

Don’t get us wrong; we have an unyielding affinity for anything Mercedes, but if people end up doing something like this - that supersized grille reminds us of an elephant trunk, which isn’t at all flattering when you’re talking about a Merc - we just end up doing the most prudent thing: cringe and turn away.

Check it out at your own risk, fellas.

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Mercedes CLS Station Wagon on sale in 2012

Mercedes CLS Station Wagon on sale in 2012

Mercedes is preparing to take the lead on the luxury station wagon market with the unveiling of an estate version for their CLS model. The car will be first revealed as a concept next month at Beijing motor show, with production version to go on sale in 2012. The CLS Station Wagon will be an alternative for modes like BMW 5-series GT and the soon-to-be-launched Audi A7.

The car will take its inspiration from the Concept Fascination unveiled in 2008 at the Paris Auto Show, but keeping many of the design elements from the current generation CLS. The car will get a soft-nose treatment from the SLS, frameless doors, heavily raked screens, a high waistline and shallow side glass.

Under the hood Mercedes will place both petrol and diesel engine. Petrol line-up will include: a 3.5-liter V6 delivering 306bhp in the CLS350, and a 4.6-liter V8 with 435bhp in the CLS500; diesel versions will include: 2.1-liter with 204bhp in the CLS250 CDI and a 3.0-liter with 231bhp in the CLS350 CDI. The AMG version will be powered by a turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 engine delivering up to 540 hp.

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Mercedes CLS and Shooting Brake to debut in 2010

Mercedes CLS and Shooting Brake to debut in 2010

Mercedes Benz is planning on unveiling the next generation CLS at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. The second generation of the original four door coupe will continue to compete with four door GT cars like the Porsche Panamera and the soon to be Audi A7.

Aside from a high end grand tourer that has room for your friends, the German automaker is also planning on unveiling their latest Shooting Brake, a model who’s design will be inspired by the Mercedes Fascination Concept sometime in the second half of 2011. If the rumors are true there will also be an AMG version of the new Shooting Brake.

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2009 Mercedes CLS Grand Edition

2009 Mercedes CLS Grand Edition

The luxury German automaker Mercedes Benz is releasing a special edition of their class creating four door coupe the CLS. This ultra exclusive CLS Grand Edition is limited to only 560 units, and for the first time ever is available in palladium silver.

Not only is the CLS being offered in this bold shade of gray, there is also a unique Designo Palladium Silver Matt Paint, finally a factory super with a flat paint job. This even more exclusive finish also has he benefit of being highly scratch and dirt-resistant. The color choice goes well with the car’s 18 inch AMG forged 5 spoke alloy wheels finished in Titanium Grey. There is also a pretty trick lighting kit.

However, a little show would be nothing without a little go. So the Mercedes Benz engineers managed to find and extra 48 HP out of the CLS 350 CDI’s turbo diesel V6 that now makes 272 HP. The added power allows the coupe-like sedan to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.5 seconds while still getting a pretty economical 37 MPG.

If the diesel part didn’t tip you off, then we are sad to inform you that this limited edition CLS is another vehicle that won’t be imported into the U.S. Like the desired Ford Focus RS, this ultra excusive four door coupe is a U.K. only car. Like the Volkswagen Corrado Storm and so many other great classics, we can only dream about a left hand drive version of special editions like the Mercedes Benz CLS Grand Edition.

Press release after the jump.

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Carlsson CLS Drift


Mercedes CLS Carlson Drift - Click here for another funny movie.

Whoever said that you can’t have fun in a big car? Obviously the driver of this Carlsson built Mercedes Benz CLS hasn’t.

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Mercedes-Benz CLS by MEC Design

Mercedes-Benz CLS by MEC Design

For over a decade MEC Design has released its new body kit for the Mercedes CLS. The kit incorporates auxiliary lights into the new front bumper and a diffuser into the rear unit. The side skirts are available with LEDs that are connected to the vehicle’s internal lighting system. The exhaust is made from mandrel bent stainless steel tubing, the tone that exits the MEC exhaust tips is so powerful that it has become known as “Earthquake.”

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS rendering

2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS rendering

The Mercedes-Benz CLS is no longer the only four-door coupe on the market, and in order to stay on top the German luxury car maker will have to keep improving their product. It is expected that the second generation CLS will be revealed in 2010 as a 2011 model. Spy photographers already caught the Mercedes testing, but with the heavy disguise it is difficult to tell what the final product will look like. So for now all we can go on is our imagination and the imaginations of the artists at Global Motors have come up with.

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2011 Mercedes CLS spied again

2011 Mercedes CLS spied again

Its only been a week since we’ve seen a spy shot of the next Mercedes CLS, but its back again. This time the body cladding is doing a good job to hide the sedan/coupe because this one almost looks like a Toyota Camry.

This example was caught performing cold weather testing in Sweden. The 2011 CLS should be positioned between the E and S-Class in the Mercedes lineup. Because the current CLS is based on the E-Class, it’s likely that the next generation will be using a stretched form of the E-Class chassis. Engines choices could range internationally from a turbo four-cylinder and top out with a V8 in the AMG model. Mercedes may also offer the engine from the S400 BlueHybrid in the CLS.

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New Mercedes CLS spied

New Mercedes CLS spied

When Mercedes unveiled the sedan/coupe CLS back in 2004 it had no competitor. We can’t say the same today: Audi just showed a preview of the new A7, Jaguar’s XJ replacement is still on schedule, and no one knows the state of BWM’s on again/off again CS concept. So Mercedes knows it needs to stay fresh to stay competitive, and a new CLS will be launched by the end of 2009.

For better fuel efficiency and lower emissions, all the engines we see will be attached to turbochargers. Mercedes may even drop a turbo four-cylinder in the options list, but that has not been confirmed for the U.S. market.

The 2010 CLS is rumored to be longer and wider that the current car to create a roomier interior. Mercedes need to be careful with this redesign. Customers buy the CLS more on style than on substance. If customers want all the qualities of a sedan, they can just buy an E-Class.

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2009 Mercedes CLS Grand Edition

2009 Mercedes CLS Grand Edition

Mercedes revealed today the CLS Grand Edition. The car was promoted by Julia Stegner. Sales will begin in March 2009.

The unique, four-door coupe features an unusual design that combines the sporty elegance of a coupe with the flair of a luxury sedan. Sales of this special model are scheduled to start in January, 2009.

“The idea was to pick up the red carpet situation at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks and thus create a strong connection between fashion and the vehicle’s elegance,” explains Michelangelo di Battista. The design of the key visual is based on the link between Mercedes-Benz Design and fashion: style, elegance and luxury. “Mercedes-Benz and fashion – they really fit together well. I think Mercedes-Benz cars are chic – just like fashion. So I’m delighted to be the international fashion brand-ambassador for Mercedes-Benz,” says Julia Stegner.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Mercedes CLS

2011 Mercedes CLS

When Mercedes revealed the CLS-Class back in 2004 they defined the four-door coupe notion. But thinks changed since then. Audi has the A7, Porsche will soon reveal the Panamera, and down market we have the Passat CC and we’ll also soon have the Sportback version of the Audi A5. So, Mercedes need to stay on top if it wants to survive the market. This mean, new, improved design and better technology for its car.

The next CLS will be revealed in 2011 and might be based on the S-Class platform (and not E like the current model - spy shots revealed an increased wheelbase). Like the future E-Class Coupe, the next CLS will be inspired by the concept Fascination revealed at the Paris Auto Show.

The side will have a more defined arch, the L-shaped headlamps are gone, and the front end will be given the family update to be more in line with the latest SL. The flanks are more three-dimensional, with rear power bulges, prominent character lines, and flared wheel arches. The A- and C-pillars are better integrated into the arc-shaped roofline.

Regarding the line-up, customers will have to choose from: a CLS350, powered by a 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 that delivers 292 hp; power output increases to 306 hp in 2012; a CLS550 powered by a 5.5-liter V-8 with 388 hp; superseded by 435-hp direct-injection twin-turbo V-8 in 2012; a CLS55 AMG powered by the 5.5-liter twin-turbo direct-injection V-8 with 570 hp; available from mid-2011 onward and a diesel version, the CLS320 CDI, 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6, 224 hp; replaced in 2011 by 313-hp CLS350 CDI.

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2011 Mercedes CLS rendering

2011 Mercedes CLS rendering

Now that the CLS is not the only four-door coupe on the market, Mercedes has to come with new design and better performance to keep up with the times. It’s strongest competitors are the Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera.

The next CLS will be revealed in 2011 and might be based on the S-Class platform (and not E like the current model). After the first spy shots revealed back in September, here is a new rendering of the car.

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Mercedes CLS by Job Design

Mercedes CLS by Job Design

The latest kit for the Mercedes CLS comes from Job Design and although most of you didn’t hear about it, these guys created a really stylish body kit inspired by the Lexus IS-F.

The tuner added a completely new front bumper, new stylish side sills, a re-designed rear bumper featuring a new exhaust system inspiread, as we said by the Lexus IS-F. Also a new set of 20 inch wheels were added as well as a new air ride suspension kit. No words about the price yet, but we got more images after the jump!

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New generation CLS coming in 2010

New generation CLS coming in 2010

When Mercedes unveiled the CLS back in 2004 it defined the phrase "four-door coupe". It was an original car that had the market all to itself, but now the Volkswagen Passat CC as well as the upcoming BMW 8-Series and Audi A7 have all caught the trend. So, to keep with times, Mercedes will need to come with a new design, more power and better technology for its CLS. This should come together in next generation CLS expected in 2010.

The next CLS will likely be a simpler design. The side will have a more defined arch, the L-shaped headlamps are gone, and the front end will be given the family update to be more in line with the latest SL. The flanks are more three-dimensional, with rear power bulges, prominent character lines, and flared wheel arches. The A- and C-pillars are better integrated into the arc-shaped roofline.

Regarding the line-up, customers will have to choose from: a CLS350, powered by a 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 that delivers 292 hp; power output increases to 306 hp in 2012; a CLS550 powered by a 5.5-liter V-8 with 388 hp; superseded by 435-hp direct-injection twin-turbo V-8 in 2012; a CLS55 AMG powered by the 5.5-liter twin-turbo direct-injection V-8 with 570 hp; available from mid-2011 onward and a diesel version, the CLS320 CDI, 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6, 224 hp; replaced in 2011 by 313-hp CLS350 CDI.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS will also be hybrid

2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS will also be hybrid

Mercedes is already working at the second generation CLS that will make its world debut during a major car show in late 2010 with sales following in early 2011. Big news is, that next to the standard engine, the future CLS will also be offered as a hybrid.

It will get the same powertrain as the forthcoming S400 Hybrid that will be launched at the end of 2009, which means that the CLS Hybrid will make use of lithium-ion batteries that not only weigh less but also offer more power than the nickel hydride units used in today’s hybrids.

Design will follow the basic shape of the current generation model adorned with styling elements from the German automaker’s newest cars.

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Lorinser CLS L 55 RS based on the Mercedes CLS

Lorinser CLS L 55 RS based on the Mercedes CLS

Based on the facelifted Mercedes CLS, the Lorinser CLS L 55 RS body kit features a front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper, rear air diffuser with integrated sport exhaust system, 20” alloy Lorinser RS 6 wheels and a stylish rear spoiler. With 388 hp as standard, the engine received an upgrade of 72 hp, now developing 460 hp and 530 Nm of torque. The interior of the vehicle also received a plus of sportivity with carbon fiber insertions for the arm rest and center console.

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2009 Mercedes CLS-Class

2009 Mercedes CLS-Class

Mercedes-Benz is making the CLS even more irresistible. This one-of-a-kind four-door coupé – the pioneer of a whole new automotive segment – has now been fine-tuned to give it added appeal. The new entry-level model version, the CLS 280 with its sophisticated V6 power unit, develops 170 kW/231 hp. Meanwhile, the flagship model in the range – the CLS 63 AMG with its 378 kW/514 hp AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine – now comes with 19-inch AMG light-alloy wheels plus a new AMG sports exhaust system.

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2009 CLS63 AMG Facelift first images

2009 CLS63 AMG Facelift first images

Mercedes revealed the first official images of the 2009 CLS63 AMG. It will be powered by a V8 engine that delivers 514 hp and it makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 4.5 seconds.

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ART GTR 374 based on the CLS 350

ART GTR 374 based on the CLS 350

At Frankfurt Motor Show, ART will reveal the GTR 374, a sportier version of the Mercedes CLS 350. The new model will combine a successful aerodynamic kit with DTM sport resemblance.

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Old CLK with CLS nose

Old CLK with CLS nose

A TopSpeed reader from Germany spotted this car on the streets. And we decided it worth a little "news" even if we have only two photos. Let’s be serious now! How many times you have the chance to see an old CLK with the nose of a CLS?

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ASMA CLS Shark II

ASMA CLS Shark II

With a new front, the 2008 CLS-Class provides for sportiness and individuality. With an extended grille adjusted to the aggressive body kit, the Asma CLS Shark II is a real eye catcher.

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Brabus B63 S

Brabus B63 S

The new Brabus B63 S brings even more power to all the Mercedes 63 AMG models. Powered by a high-revving 6.2-liter V8 engine, the new B63 S has an output of 550 hp and a peak torque of 479 lbs-ft.
With this new maximum power, the B63 S makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph.

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Brabus Rocket - world fastest sedan in action

Brabus Rocket - world fastest sedan in action

Last year, Brabus Rocket became the worls fastest sedan, when it reached a top speed of 227.25 miles per hour. The Brabus Rocket is powered by the V12, twin turbo, 6.3 ltr engine with an output of 730 hp.
Fifth Gear had the chance to test this beast... and the conclusion of their testings are... well you will need to watch the video to find out.

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2007 Mercedes CLS350 by ART

2007 Mercedes CLS350 by ART

The new super sports car from ART for theEuropean market on the basis CLS 350 is ready for take off. It covers all wishes concerning a hotblooded sports car of formidable performance and subtle, elegant design in coupe manner. Unique star that leaves nothing to be desired.

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Nissan Skyline inspired from Mercedes CLS-Class?

Nissan Skyline inspired from Mercedes CLS-Class?

The new Nissan Skyline debuted a few days ago, but on a second look at the car’s images a question comes to your mind: "where did I see this design before?" On the german cars of course!
More exactly the Mercedes CLS-Class. The Skyline has similar headlights shape, similar radiator grill, similar hood and also the sider remeber of the CLS.
Is Nissan out of inspiration?

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World Records Broken at Nardo High Speed Event

World Records Broken at Nardo High Speed Event

16 cars, 9506 HP making the prove at Nardo that 155 mph is not a top speed you need to thank with.
First example: a Opel Vectra OPC reached a top speed of 171 mph. Then there were was the Porsche, Gallardo Spyder, F430 Spider, the Lamborghini reached a top speed of 199 mph and the Ferrari 193 mph.
First world record was set by Brabus Rocket which broke the world’s fastest sedan with a speed of 227 mph. A twin-turbo R32 from HGP with an putput of 600 hp reach the 200 mph top speed. The (...)

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Brabus Rocket sets World Record for Street-Legal Sedans to 227 mph

Brabus Rocket sets World Record for Street-Legal Sedans to 227 mph

BRABUS has been building the world’s fastest street-legal sedans for several years running. This ’tradition’ started in 1996 with the 330-km/h BRABUS E V12 and reached the next level in 2003 in the guise of the 350.2-km/h E V12 Biturbo. In 2006 the BRABUS ROCKET, built in small-series production and based on the Mercedes CLS series, improved the world record to 362.4 km/h.
But the BRABUS R&D team wouldn’t be the top-notch engineers they are if they were satisfied with that achievement. (...)

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Brabus CLS Rocket for the german police

Brabus CLS Rocket for the german police

After the Tech Art customized a Porsche for the german police, Brabus decide to make one for their own, a CLS Rocked tuned special for the police that will be showen at the Essen Motor Show.
The Police Brabus CLS is powered by a V12 engine delivering 730 hp. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4 seconds and has a top speed of 223 mph.
Lets just hope lots of criminals and thieves will be caught with the new "Polizei" (...)

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Mercedes CLS 55 by AI Design

Mercedes CLS 55 by AI Design

AI Design unveiled this custom 2006 Mercedes CLS 55, created for DC Shoes Co-Founder, Ken Block. They began by upgrading the heart of the CLS 55 using Brabus K8 engine tuning components yielding 575 bhp.
The Brabus electronic suspension lowering module was combined with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres wrapped around Radenergie R10 20-inch wheels and the result was a dramatically enhanced handling.
All the body panels were painted into a matte black and in contrast, the chrome trim has been (...)

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2006 Mercedes CLS-Class AMG Sports Edition

2006 Mercedes CLS-Class AMG Sports Edition

Mercedes Japan has launched a Sports Edition of the CLS-Class, available only in Japan. The CLS-Class AMG Sports Edition has no power upgrades, it is just a trim package of the special edition E350 available in USA.

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2006 Brabus Rocket - World fastest Sedan

2006 Brabus Rocket - World fastest Sedan

The BRABUS ROCKET, built in small-series production based on the Mercedes CLS series, is the world’s fastest sedan. During test runs on the high-speed track in the southern Italian town of Nardo the high-performance automobile improved upon the previous record of 217.6 mph held also by BRABUS with the E V12 Biturbo.

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2006 Mercedes CLS 500

2006 Mercedes CLS 500

The CLS-Class is a unique vehicle concept which combines the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and practicality of a saloon. Its spaciousness, luggage capacity and day-to-day practicality are at the level of a saloon, while the styling possesses the emotionally charged character of a coupé. With this currently unique combination, the new CLS-Class is a coupé generation ahead of the rest.

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2007 Mercedes CLS-Class

2007 Mercedes CLS-Class

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class will kick off model year 2007 with three newly developed engines, even better safety and a more extensive range of standard equipment. The four-door Coupé is powered by the world’s first petrol engine featuring piezoelectric direct injection and spray-guided combustion. The 215 kW/ 292 hp six-cylinder engine of the CLS 350 CGI consumes about ten percent less fuel than a comparable V6 petrol engine with port injection. The CLS 500 will be equipped with the new V8 engine from the S-Class, whose output of 285 kW/388 hp is about 26 percent higher than that of the previous eight-cylinder engine. Another new development is the CLS 63 AMG, whose V8 naturally aspirated engine generates 378 kW/ 514 hp. Mercedes-Benz is enhancing the vehicle’s standard range of safety features by adding the PRE-SAFE anticipatory occupant protection system and flashing brake lights. The new CLS-Class models will celebrate their market launches in June 2006.

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2006 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG

2006 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG

The new CLS 63 AMG is an exceptional automobile offering impressive performance, dynamic styling and an exclusive interior. The four-door Coupé is powered by a 6.3-litre V8 AMG engine, which was developed entirely by Mercedes-AMG. The new 514 hp AMG power plant has the highest specific power and torque of any naturally aspirated eight-cylinder production engine in the world. The refined Coupé has a 0 - 60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds, on its way to a governed top speed of 155 mph.

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2007 Mercedes CLS 65 AMG

2007 Mercedes CLS 65 AMG

The concept of a four-door coupe didn’t initially appeal to us, but you have to admit that in action at the Nurburgring, the Mercedes-Benz CLS looks stunning. Especially in full AMG trim: this is the CLS 65 AMG.

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2006 ART Mercedes CLS GTR

2006 ART Mercedes CLS GTR

Titled the GTR, ART’s latest tuning program spans the gamut of CLS, with modifications ranging from the engine and suspension all the way down to your door sills.
For starters, customers have the option of two enhanced engine packages. The first, titled the GTR560, ups the CLS’ standard AMG V8 to 560hp/790Nm, enough to propel the GTR from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. If you’re looking for something a little quicker, ART has obliged, also offering customers the GTR620 package. The result is an (...)

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2006 Mercedes CLS 350 CGI

2006 Mercedes CLS 350 CGI

It was no less than around 70 years ago that Mercedes engineers implemented the idea of spraying fuel directly into the combustion chambers of an engine, and only then mixing it with air. At that time, the first Mercedes aircraft engines (DB 601) with direct petrol injection were taking to the skies. In April 1939 a Messerschmidt M 209 equipped with a 2035 kW/2768 hp engine from this series achieved a speed of 469.1 mph, establishing a world record which was only beaten 30 years later.

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This is the top speed for the world fastest sedan: the Brabus Rocket.

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