2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS
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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS

The third-generation coupe comes forward with unique styling and EQ Boost

Introduced in 2003, the Mercedes-Benz CLS created a new vehicle segment that combined the dynamic design of a coupe with the comfort and functionality of a luxury sedan. Come 2017, and the four-door coupe moved into its third-generation with updated styling, a revised interior with brand-new tech, and a completely new engine under the hood. The new-generation CLS replaces the W218 model that’s been in production since 2011. It was launched at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show and will go on sale in 2018.

The new model has pure CLS genes with its arching waistline, flat side window lines, and low greenhouse. It also retains its unique design, despite being based on the same underpinnings as the E-Class sedan. Though not as unique on the inside, the CLS blends the styling cues of the E-Class and S-Class with new features and exclusive technology. Under the hood, it comes with a new six-cylinder engine that uses EQ Boost, an electric motor that increases performance while returning better fuel economy. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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Pops' Rants: Lazy Car Design Auto Show Edition

Pops’ Rants: Lazy Car Design Auto Show Edition

Geneva Motor Show fun

Oh wow, the 2018 Geneva Motor Show was so much fun. So many concept cars that won’t make it into production, so many supercars that we can’t buy. Scratch that, and we’re left with the Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 508, Volvo V60, Toyota Yaris, and some special-edition models that aren’t all that special. Oh wait, this year’s show was also about quite a few good examples of laziness in the design department. Nissan takes the cake with two different cars, but Mercedes-Benz also made the list with its latest performance car.

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Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe vs Mercedes CLS: Here's What Sets Them Apart

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe vs Mercedes CLS: Here’s What Sets Them Apart

Does it make sense for Mercedes to sell both?

Rumored for more than two years now, the four-door version of the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car finally broke cover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. However, it turns out that the GT 4-Door is exactly a sedan version of the already popular coupe. The four-door model not only uses a different platform that the sports car — based on that of the midsize E-Class — but it also looks a bit different front and rear. While this isn’t necessarily an issue, the fact that it’s very similar to the recently unveiled CLS has ignited some debate on whether Mercedes-Benz was a bit lazy in the design department.

Granted, the two cars are far from identical, but there aren’t many differences to talk about inside and out. That’s why we decided to bring them side by side for a proper comparison. Of course, with the AMG GT 4-Door being the more performance-oriented model, a proper comparison isn’t possible, but fortunately, both models come in "AMG 53" spec. Let’s have a closer look at what sets them apart on the outside, inside the cabin, and under the hood in the comparison below. Does it make sense for Merc to offer both? Leave your comments in the box below.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic

2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic

A quick shot of electric power for the four-door ’Bahn burner

Merc has been making the CLS-Class since the early 2000’s, dropping the first-gen with a debut at the 2004 New York International Auto Show. Framed as a sleek sedan packing top-shelf luxury, a sporty exterior, and no shortage of power under the hood, Merc quickly ushered in the go-faster AMG iteration at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. The second-generation CLS arrived in 2011, with a hot-to-trot AMG 63 hot on its heels. Now, there’s a third-gen model on the table, with the latest CLS dropping at the 2017 Los Angeles Show. As is tradition, Mercedes brought along a new AMG iteration as well, introducing the new 53-Series model alongside two other high-powered luxury rides from the boffins at AMG, including the 53-Series AMG E-Class Coupe and the E-Class Cabriolet, all of which arrived in style at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. All told, the latest AMG CLS 53 4Matic comes packing with superlative Mercedes-Benz styling, the latest technology in the cabin, a high-performance attitude, and all the requisite power to back it.

The new four-door coupe also comes a supplementary electric system that adds a good deal of low-end torque on demand, a feature that makes the heavy-hitting luxury cruiser even more frisky when you dig into the skinny pedal. “With the new 53-series models we are extending our portfolio in a first step towards a hybridised future with a leading-edge combination of sporty design, performance and efficiency,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management at Mercedes-AMG GmbH. Sounds good. But how good is it, really? Read on for all the details.

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Mercedes Debuts New AMG Series with CLS53 Model

Mercedes Debuts New AMG Series with CLS53 Model

Uses beefed-up six-cylinder with EQ Boost tech!

Mercedes-Benz is making big waves with the brand-new G-Class at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but the German firm also launched a new AMG series at the U.S. event. The new AMG line wears the 53 designation and debuts on three cars, one of which is the CLS four-door coupe. Introduced a couple of month back, the third-generation CLS was expected to gain a traditional AMG CLS63 version, but it seems we will have to wait a while longer for that model. Instead, we now get to have a look at the CLS53. As you might have already guessed, the CLS53 will slot between the regular CLS and the upcoming beefed-up CLS63.

Unlike the usual 63-badged Mercs, the CLS53 sports a rather subdued look, with only a handful of details setting it apart from the regular model. Up front, the twin-blade radiator grille in silver chrome, previous a V-8 version feature, is the only tell-tale sign. The grille behind also features a black lattice pattern instead of the familiar diamond layout. The profile is highlighted by slightly more dynamic side skirts and new wheels in 19- or 20-inch designs, while the rear fascia gains a revised apron, twin tailpipes in high-gloss chrome, and a spoiler available in carbon-fiber. The 4Matic models gets a few extras, like additional side air curtains, mirrors positioned on the doors (like on AMG GT models).

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2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake

Will the midsize Shooting Brake make it into a new generation?

After six years on the market with minor changes, the Mercedes-Benz CLS was redesigned and launched in its third-gen configuration in late 2017. Now sporting a more aggressive design with features borrowed from the AMG GT sports car, the four-door coupe boasts a more upscale interior borrowed from the E-Class and introduced a brand-new engine for Mercedes-Benz. A high-performance AMG CLS63 version is sure to follow, but word has it that the German firm may not launch a new Shooting Brake model now that station wagons are no longer popular. But until Mercedes says a firm no I’m hoping that the German shooting brake will make a comeback by the end of 2018.

The CLS Shooting Brake is much newer than the four-door coupe it is based on. While the CLS broke cover back in 2004, the Shooting Brake didn’t arrive until 2012, one year after Mercedes introduced the second-generation model. So if Merc decided to axe the nameplate, the CLS Shooting Brake will die after only five years on the market. It would be a shame to lose one of the only two affordable shooting brakes (the other being the CLA) and one of the very few premium wagons still available. You can see why I’m still hoping that the second-gen CLS isn’t the end of the road for this model. We should find out more about the wagon’s future in 2018 but until that happens, let’s find out what it may bring to the market if it survives.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG CLS63

2020 Mercedes-AMG CLS63

The most powerful CLS could be here in 2018

It’s been 13 years since Mercedes-Benz invented a new niche with the CLS model, and the four-door coupe entered its third generation at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now sporting a more aggressive exterior design with styling cues borrowed from the AMG GT sports car, the CLS borrows most of its underpinnings and interior features from the E-Class. In short, it’s a fancier E-Class with a coupe roof and sportier styling, which makes it one of the most exciting Mercs available for 2018. With the four-door coupe on its way to dealerships next year, we’re looking to seeing a brand-new AMG version on public roads by 2019.

Although not yet confirmed by the folks from Stuttgart, a beefed-up variant of the CLS is most definitely in the works. Just like the outgoing model, it should share underpinnings with the AMG E63 sedan and it’s safe to assume that it will be offered in two trims. There will be a "base" CLS63 model and a slightly more powerful CSL63 S version. The new AMG-prepped CLS will go against the existing Audi RS7 and the next-generation model that the German firm is likely to unveil in 2018. It remains to be seen whether there will still be a BMW M6 Gran Coupe to compete with, but the AMG CSL63 will definitely add a bit color to the midsize segment. Let’s find out more about it the speculative review below, which also includes a rendering of the upcoming four-door coupe.

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Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build

Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build

Would you buy a CLS Cabriolet or Pickup?

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS is here and it cooler than ever. It’s sleeker, sportier, and stands out alongside any other Mercedes car thanks to its unique styling cues. It has a brand-new engine too, making it the first time when Mercedes debuts such a feature through the CLS. With the four-door coupe now official, there’s a lot of talk as to what versions will follow. Will there be a high-performance AMG model? How about a shooting brake in both standard and AMG guises?

We’ve seen these variants before, so it’s only natural to think that Mercedes-Benz will keep them alive for the third-generation. But are we getting new versions too? Like a coupe, or maybe a convertible? How about a pickup-style version with a big bed behind the cabin? Sounds pretty crazy, right? Okay, the Germans probably won’t go that far, but a new batch of renderings suggests that the CLS would look awesome in various body styles. The pictures come from X-Tomi Design and include five different CLS-based models. Let’s have a closer look at them below.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS

The third-generation coupe comes forward with unique styling and EQ Boost

Introduced in 2003, the Mercedes-Benz CLS created a new vehicle segment that combined the dynamic design of a coupe with the comfort and functionality of a luxury sedan. Come 2017, and the four-door coupe moved into its third-generation with updated styling, a revised interior with brand-new tech, and a completely new engine under the hood. The new-generation CLS replaces the W218 model that’s been in production since 2011. It was launched at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show and will go on sale in 2018.

The new model has pure CLS genes with its arching waistline, flat side window lines, and low greenhouse. It also retains its unique design, despite being based on the same underpinnings as the E-Class sedan. Though not as unique on the inside, the CLS blends the styling cues of the E-Class and S-Class with new features and exclusive technology. Under the hood, it comes with a new six-cylinder engine that uses EQ Boost, an electric motor that increases performance while returning better fuel economy. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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2019 Mercedes CLS Gets a New Inline-Six and Can Seat Five

2019 Mercedes CLS Gets a New Inline-Six and Can Seat Five

Mercedes did it right under the skin

The Doors to the Los Angeles Auto Show are Propped open, and all the Worlds Most Important Car Makers are in Attendance. Among the crowd of new and revised cars sits the 2019 Mercedes CLS, a car that features an updated exterior design, fresh interior, and there’s even a new inline-six to deliver a decent 362 horsepower. For the first time in the car’s history, the four-door sedan or (“four-door coupe” as Merc likes to call it) now offers seating for five thanks to a bench seat in the rear, something previously only available on the shooting-brake.

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New Mercedes CLS Leaked Ahead of L.A. Debut

New Mercedes CLS Leaked Ahead of L.A. Debut

Exterior and interior design revealed!

The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is almost up on us with a heap of new production cars and concept vehicles. And as it usually happens, a few models are surfacing the Web earlier than planned via leaked photos. The next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS is one of them, with four early pictures showing the four-door coupe’s design inside and out. Details as to what lurks under the hood or the technology we may find inside the cabin aren’t yet available, but we can now take a good look at its styling. And needless to say, it’s just as I expected it to be.

The new CLS is actually almost identical to our renderings, at least when it comes to the front fascia, anyway. Sure, the car in the photos doesn’t feature the "Panamericana" grille that we used in our rendering (it should be offered as an option though), but the headlamps and the bumper are exactly as we envisioned them. The headlamps are more angular than the usual Mercedes unit and extend toward the front fender wheel arches. The grille is as large as the one seen on the AMG GT sports car, while the three-piece bumper vent has horizontal slats on the sides and a honeycomb grille in the middle.

The car’s profile brings together cues from the previous CLS and the current S-Class. While the sexy, arched beltline of the old CLS is still there, it’s not as pronounced on the new car. This gives the four-door a bit more elegance while keeping it sportier than the full-size sedan. The rear section is again similar to our rendering, but you need to keep in mind that our version is actually an AMG, so ignore the decklid spoiler and the more aggressive diffuser. We did mess up the taillights a bit, as the actual units aren’t as angular toward the fenders, but the shape is there. And needless to say, the CLS sports unique taillights.

But what about the cabin?

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Sedan Style Battle – Mercedes-AMG CLS Vs. Mercedes-AMG GT4

Sedan Style Battle – Mercedes-AMG CLS Vs. Mercedes-AMG GT4

Merc’s slick and quick four-doors go head-to-head as we analyze the exterior style of each

Look, we get it. You want it all – mouth-watering good looks, endless comfort, space for four, and world-cracking performance. We’re the same way. That’s why Mercedes started building models like the AMG CLS 63, a “four-door coupe” with enough chutzpah to roll up on top-dollar sports cars like it’s nothing. However, word has it Merc and AMG are cooking up a new take on that old recipe with something called the GT4, a high-powered sedan capable of challenging the likes of the Porsche Panamera GTS and Aston Martin Rapide S. We think it’s a swell idea, and even went to the trouble of putting together a rendering of what it’ll look like. Problem is, we did the same thing for the upcoming third-gen AMG CLS 63. That means it’s time for a showdown.

As such, we did a little digging to find out what inspired these two models, and put them side-by-side to see which comes out in a battle of style. Both look mean, sleek, and like they’re doing three times to speed limit just standing still. The question is – which looks the best?

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2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 63: Rendering

2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 63: Rendering

Merc is prepping the third-gen model, and this is what it’s gonna look like

The four-door sedan body style seems to be in the middle of an evolution. Once the cornerstone of almost every automaker’s lineup, sedan sales are in decline, while alternative interpretations are popping up at an ever-increasing rate. One of the more popular developments is the luxury four-door coupe, a style that promises the rear-seat comfort and enhanced accessibility expected of a traditional four-door, plus the fashionable cut of a fastback profile. Mercedes is a bit of trendsetter in this arena, debuting the CLS as early as 2004, and the German competition has followed suit with the likes of the Audi RS7, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, and Porsche Panamera. Currently in its second generation, the go-faster AMG CLS 63 is ripe for an update, but the question is this – what’ll it look like? To find out, we did a few thought experiments and put together a rendering. This is the result.

Drawing inspiration from a series of recent spy shots, as well as Merc’s latest production and conceptual design language, the new AMG CLS 63 looks to be an absolute stunner of an automobile, more than capable of turning heads almost anywhere it goes. That said, there’s a lot at work here that isn’t immediately obvious, so read on for some history on the model, an analysis of the design, and why Mercedes may decide to kill the AMG CLS 63 outright.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS Final Edition

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS Final Edition

Mercedes launches a Final Edition model of the CLS before the Shooting Brake is discontinued

It was just a year ago that we learned Mercedes was killing off the CLS Shooting Brake, but as far as we know the next-gen CLS coupe will go on sale for the 2018 model year. Be that as it may, Mercedes has decided to launch a Final Edition of the CLS Shooting Brake. Why? Well, considering the CLS Shooting Brake performed poorly in the U.S. and China sales-wise, why not try to weasel as much money as possible out of the few who liked it, right? Furthermore, now that the CLS Coupe is also getting a “Final Edition,” it makes one wonder whether or not Merc will drop the CLS line altogether. We’ll worry about that later, though.

For now, we’ll talk a little bit about this final edition. According to Mercedes (despite the poor sales factor,) the CLS line has “long been established among customers as style icons.” Ola Kӓllenius, a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and the person responsible for MB car sales, said, “We’ve produced iconic designs on wheels in the shape of the CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake. The exciting lines of the most recent versions once again set the pulse racing. With high-tech ingredients such as the innovative Multibeam LED headlamps, the nine-speed automatic transmission or the modern multimedia system, they appeal to both head and heart in equal measure.”

With that said, the CLS Final Edition models feature some several optional features as standard equipment to go with a few AMG touches here and there. So, let’s take a look at the Final Edition model and see what it’s all about.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 PD550 Black Edition Stealth By M&D Exclusive

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 PD550 Black Edition Stealth By M&D Exclusive

The cosmetic changes don’t make the CLS 500 look stealthy at all

The irony of this aftermarket program getting the nickname “Stealth” isn’t lost on any of us, especially after one look at what M&D Exclusive did to the car. For the record, the car in question is a Mercedes-Benz CLS 500, a model that sits pretty high up there in the Mercedes hierarchy. You would think that a tuner would only build a low-key program for such a model, but that’s not how the minds of the braintrust over there at M&D Exclusive are wired. Instead of just giving the first-gen CLS 500 a nice retouch or two, it went completely in the other direction.

This is the CLS PD550 Black Edition Stealth, and despite what the name suggests, it doesn’t look stealthy at all. I get the whole intention was to create a military-inspired program and there are hints that point to that. But, the combination of the white, black, and orange camouflage body wrap doesn’t really say “stealthy” at all. Then there’s the engine modification. It’s impressive in its own right, but again, the extra horses M&D Exclusive managed to add to the car’s 4.7-liter turbo engine doesn’t inspire discussions of subtlety.

To be clear, this is an impressive program, especially for a car that’s been around for more than 10 years. I just don’t see why it’s called “Stealth” when in truth, it inspires so much attention it’s hard to take your eyes off of it. The program succeeds in that regard and, for what it’s worth, the name isn’t as important as the knick knacks that the tuning firm added to make the CLS 500 look and perform like the modern-day version of itself.

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Mercedes Kills Third-Generation CLS Shooting Brake

Mercedes Kills Third-Generation CLS Shooting Brake

It is true that, for a while there, German luxury carmakers were going a little bit crazy with all of the different body styles being offered. There has to be a point at which inventing new niches becomes counterproductive, but some of the cars produced in this frenzy were genuinely appealing. One of these was the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, an attractive wagon version of the Mk2 CLS. Still essentially a wagon, this version of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS had more flowing lines and appealing curves, hence the use of the name “Shooting Brake” to denote its role as something other than an ordinary wagon.

Plans were drawn up for a replacement to debut alongside the next generation of the CLS sedan in 2018, but it has now apparently been dropped from the lineup due to a lack of interest from the U.S. and China. Something like this was coming eventually; the boom in body styles would eventually run out of customers, and the Germans would have to take a moment to evaluate which ones were working and which ones weren’t, but it’s a shame to see this one get the chop when uglier models continue on in production.

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Holiday Gift Idea: Mercedes-AMG Limited Edition "White Series" Scale Models

Holiday Gift Idea: Mercedes-AMG Limited Edition "White Series" Scale Models

Mercedes-AMG models cost a lot of money, so not everybody can afford to get one this Holiday season. But Mercedes-Benz Accessories is giving buyers a less expensive alternative with the release of five exclusive Mercedes-AMG "White Series" scale models. These limited-edition 1:18 scale models were created by model car design specialist GT Spirit right down the model’s minutest of details. The first batch of releases cover the first five models of the series, featuring AMG vehicles like the A45 AMG Edition 1, the CLA 45 AMG Edition 1, the C63 AMG Black Series, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, and the G65 AMG.

The details behind the creation of the scale models are pretty impressive. GT Spirit actually used 70 to 100 different parts to create these pint-sized mirror images of the actual AMG vehicles. All five models were also given designo diamond-bright white bodies, the same finish all of the real-life AMG models currently offer. A special polyurethane-resin was also used on the body of the models, creating intricate details specifically taken from their full-sized counterparts. Lastly, each of the scale models were given AMG metal plates that show the individual numbering of the specific piece. The numbers go from 0001 to 1000, driving home the point that these scale models come with a lot of exclusivity.

More AMG models are expected to follow suit until GT Spirit runs the entire gamut of Mercedes-AMG’s portfolio. For now, these five models are what’s available and each one of them costs €119 ($148 as of 12/11/2014) per piece. If you’re interested in any one of these models as holiday presents, you can check for their availability at any one of Mercedes-Benz’s sales partners.Unfortunately, although you can buy these scale models now, you’ll have to gift wrap a picture, as they do not ship until January 2015.

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Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Mercedes-Benz is planning some pretty major updates to the entirety of its product line. In a bid to fill every nook and cranny of the luxury auto market with some form of the three-pointed star, the company recently announced its intention to release eleven all-new models over the course of the next five years, which is in addition to ten new plug-in hybrids scheduled for release in the next three years.

To help sort through the glut of new cars, Mercedes has come up with a fresh nomenclature system that will be applied to all upcoming releases going into 2015. This system differentiates between vehicles via one to three upper case letters, which designate the car type (“GL” for SUVs/off-roaders, “CL” for four-door coupes, “SL” for roadsters, etc.) and core model series (A, E, S, etc.), plus lower case letters for the drive system (“d” for diesel, “h” for hybrid, etc.).

With this information in hand, we can breakdown the future model lineup with relative confidence, filling in the gaps as we go.

What new models will we see coming from Mercedes? Read on to find out.

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Mercedes Previews Its New LED Headlights

Mercedes Previews Its New LED Headlights

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class arrived in June 2014 packing a host of innovative features, none arguably more impressive than Mercedes’ new MULTIBEAM LED headlights. The highly advanced lighting technology is made up of 24 individual high-performance LEDs, each individually controlled to adapt to certain traffic conditions. The “gridded” light source creates a customized light distribution from both headlights and distributes it across the road to keep optimal lighting in any driving condition for both the driver and other drivers.

Such a technology can be filed under “revolutionary,” but Mercedes isn’t just stopping there. Soon enough, the German automaker plans to introduce MULTIBEAM LED headlights that will be made up of of 84 individual LEDs. This setup not only creates higher resolution of the light output, but it also improves illumination for the driver and provides increased safety for other drivers on the road, especially those in the oncoming lane who will be protected from getting blinded by the Merc’s high beams.

The company thinks highly enough of this new technology that it can actually picture a scenario where its Intelligent Light System can be controlled digitally without the aid of mechanical actuators doing the heavy lifting.

All this points to how far technological advancements in automotive lighting have come for Mercedes and by extension, its two German rivals. BMW, has its laser lights Audi has its Matrix LEDs and now, Mercedes has its MULTIBEAM LEDs. Let the headlight-technology race begin.

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A Mercedes CLS covered with one million individual Swarovski crystals

A Mercedes CLS covered with one million individual Swarovski crystals

Daria Radionova a beautiful Russian woman decided to have something unique and do something special to her Mercedes CLS
she spent $32,000 to cover her car with one million individual Swarovski crystals!!
a group of workers from Russia worked for 12hours a day for two months to attach the diamonds....
She declared "now,everywhere I go people stop to have a look at my car.It gets lots of attention from people walking by and in cars" really? amazing!
I like the result ..the CLS is beautiful like that !what do you think about this kind of tunning?

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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Sport Package

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Sport Package

In 2006, Mercedes realized that some buyers need four doors, but also want the sleek design of a coupe. With this realization, the German automaker released the CLS-Class Coupe, a four-door car with a coupe-like roofline. In 2012, the CLS-Class received a full overhaul and for 2015, the CLS-Class is receiving a new Sport Package.

One package apparently isn’t enough for the Mercedes CLS-Class. Around the same time Mercedes announced the Night Package for its resident luxury sedan, the German automaker also went out and launched the Sport Package for the same model. Why make one awesome package when you can make two, right?

What makes the Sport Package different from the Night Package is the focus put on improving the CLS-Class’ mechanical components. A new Direct Control sports suspension makes an appearance to enhance handling without killing comfort. The package also features a new dual-exhaust system with stainless-steel tailpipes and larger front brake discs paired with "Mercedes-Benz"-stamped calipers.

That’s as far as the upgrades go for the Sport Package. There are also wheel options available, but overall, It’s admittedly a little underwhelming compared to the Night Package. The good news is that the Sport Package is available for all versions of the CLS-Class except the CLS 500 and AMG lines.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS With Night Package

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS With Night Package

The Mercedes CLS-Class is a perfect example of a luxury sedan done exactly the way it was supposed to. But that doesn’t mean it stil can’t be improved upon. That’s one of the reasons Mercedes announced a new Night Package for the CLS, giving the model a nice brush up in style and class.

The package is limited to exterior upgrades and is available only on the CLS 500, CLS 500 4MATIC of AMG Line-equipped CLS-Class models. A short list of design elements are a part of the Night Package, including the addition of a high-gloss black lamella in the radiator grille and a new, high-gloss black front splitter in the front bumper. In fact, high-gloss black was used generously on the CLS; notice the exterior mirrors sporting the same finish?

Heat-insulating dark-tinted glass on the rear doors and an anodized trim strip are also part of the Night Package. These two elements don’t catch the public’s attention and yet, both play important roles in creating a comprehensive package that owners of the CLS-Class can appreciate.

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2015 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake

2015 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake

The Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake was launched in 2012, two years after the second-generation CLS Coupe arrived in dealerships. The wagon was released in a bevy of trim levels and engines, ranging from small-displacement diesels to turbocharged V-8s. Naturally, Mercedes also offered an AMG-prepped model in the shape of the CLS63 AMG. However, the CLS Shooting Brake was never on sale in the United States, although its coupe brother made it Stateside from the very beginning.

That’s not likely to change for the 2015 model year, when the facelifted Shooting Brake is scheduled to show up in dealerships around Europe and Asia. The refreshed wagon comes with slightly revised front and rear fascias, an updated interior and two brand-new engines. Although the exact same units are also offered in the 2015 CLS Coupe, which is available in the United States, don’t expect the diesels to cross the Pond anytime soon.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake

The first CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake was released 2012, and for 2015, Mercedes Benz has already released a new and updated version of this pavement devouring wagon. The Shooting Brake is a wagon based on the CLS, and the 63 AMG signifies that this version has been fettled by Mercedes in-house skunk works division. It boasts more than 500 horsepower courtesy of a force-fed V-8, making it one of the most powerful five-door cars on sale in the world.

Coming into 2015, the car sees increased luxury and technology features, and AMG also found a lot more power hiding in that 5.5-liter V-8 to make this thing even faster. Some of the upgrades include a nine-speed transmission and Multibeam LED lighting.

The CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake was already a dramatic and exciting wagon, but with the upgrades to the 2015 model, Mercedes-Benz is making sure that no other wagon in the world can compete with what the CLS offers. Audi and Cadillac, you have just been put on notice.

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2015 Mercedes CLS63 AMG

2015 Mercedes CLS63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz ushered in the era of coupe-like sedans with dramatically sloping rooflines and high beltlines. Starting in 2005, the CLS started the trend that later took hold at Audi and BMW with their respective S7 and 6-Series Gran Coupe. Though the base CLS is great, Mercedes had the engineers at AMG kick up the power and performance for 2007 in the first CLS63 AMG. The AMG edition survived the CLS’ first-generation change in 2011 and lives on into 2015.

Now coming in to the 2015 model year, Mercedes has updated the CLS63 AMG yet again to be an even more powerful and prestigious four-door coupe. The biggest and most important news, of course, surrounds the powerplants lying within the CLS’ engine bay. Still present is the stout 5.5-liter, Biturbo V-8, but gone are its previous outputs of 550 horsepower in the standard CLS63 AMG and 577 horsepower in the upgraded S-Model. Now replaced with more impressive stats, the engine is only part of the changes surrounding the revisions for 2015.

There’s a whole host of other changes for the 2015 CLS 63 AMG listed after the jump.

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2015 Mercedes CLS-Class

2015 Mercedes CLS-Class

The Mercedes-Benz CLS was introduced for the 2005 model year and went on sale in the United States in January 2005. Based on the previous-generation E-Class, the four-door coupe started a whole niche in the automotive industry, soon to be followed by Audi and BMW. The first-generation model was offered with a bevy of V-6 and V-8 engines that delivered as much as 507 horsepower. The second-generation coupe arrived in 2010, but the U.S.-spec version didn’t arrive until the 2012 model year. Unlike its predecessor, the current model gained a 4.7-liter V-8 and a 2.1-liter, inline-four diesel to go with the already available 3.0-liter oil burner. The Shooting Brake body style was introduced in late 2012, but without being green lighted for the U.S. market. In 2015, the CLS is set for a facelift.

Four years since showing up in global showrooms, the current generation 2015 CLS is getting its well-deserved facelift. The update’s real focus is the interior, where a new color display is in place to put an end to an endless string of complaints in regards to the coupe’s infotainment system. A couple of new engines are also on the table, although at least one of them won’t be available in the United States.

Updated 6/19/2014: Mercedes-Benz has announced the UK pricing for the 2015 CLS Class. The Coupé starts at £46,500 ($79,180 as of 6/19/2014) for the CLS 220 BlueTEC and peaks at £86,500 ($147,293 as of 6/19/2014) for the CLS 63 AMG S. The same models in the Shooting Brake start at £48,080 ($81,871 as of 6/19/2014) and £87,000 ($148,144 as of 6/19/2014). There is no mention yet on the U.S. pricing.

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Spy Shots: Revised Mercedes CLS and M-Class Caught Testing

Spy Shots: Revised Mercedes CLS and M-Class Caught Testing

It’s been a while since we’ve seen the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLS out in the open, but that doesn’t mean the Germans haven’t been working like crazy on the four-door coupe.

Scheduled to lose its covers at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, alongside its Shooting Brake brother, the facelifted CLS has been spotted once again by our paparazzi, this time wearing very little camouflage over its headlamps and front grille.

We already know that the duct tape is used to hide the new Active Multibeam ILS LED system — a first for Mercedes — and that the new grille will get only one horizontal bar, but it’s good to see new CLS once again before it goes public at the famed British event.

In Mercedes-Benz-related news, our spy photographers have also caught a glimpse of the revised M-Class facelift. The SUV that’s set to be unveiled in the fourth quarter of the year was caught with a covered front fascia but without the piece that was obstructing its front grille on previous occasions.

Make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for the full details on the CLS this summer and for more shots of the upcoming M-Class.

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2013 Mercedes CLS63 AMG By Vorsteiner

2013 Mercedes CLS63 AMG By Vorsteiner

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

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

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

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2013 - 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS PD550 Black Edition by Prior Design

2013 - 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS PD550 Black Edition by Prior Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Top-Ten Best Performance Sedans

Top-Ten Best Performance Sedans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG by Mansory

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG by Mansory

You can always count on Mansory to have more than just one aftermarket program offering whenever a major auto show rolls around.

It’s no different this time at Frankfurt, as the Swiss tuner has some pretty impressive programs on the show floor, one of which includes this completely customized Mercedes CLS 63 AMG.

While not as, shall we say, grandiose, as the other projects it has at Frankfurt, the luxury sports sedan still receives the benefit of being worked on by Mansory, which is regarded as one of the best in the business.

Aesthetic, aerodynamic and performance upgrades are being offered, beginning with the use of autoclave-prepreg carbon fiber on a variety of components on the body. The hood of the CLS 63 AMG is especially new, providing both a visual and aerodynamic improvement to the overall profile of the car. New side-sill sets and cladding allows the sedan to gain some width — around 50 mm on the front axle and 80 mm on the rear.

Speaking of the back, Mansory installed a new diffuser under the equally new rear apron, allowing for a harmonious working relationship with the rear spoiler to increase the sports coupe’s down-thrust.

Rounding out the mod list for the exterior is a new set of 20-inch ultralight forged wheels

The usual interior digs are offered for this program, including aluminum pedals and footrests, a redesigned sports steering wheel, carbon-fiber components on the dash and console, and of course, full-leather upholstery.

As always, Mansory went to town working on the CLS 63 AMG’s 5.5-liter V-8 engine. In this instance, the modifications involved setting up a newly programmed control unit and adding a new sports air filter for increased oxygen supply to the engine. All told, the CLS 63 AMG is now capable of pumping out 631 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque — a boost of 81 horsepower and 132 pound-feet over the stock model. We estimate these improvements to give the CLS 63 AMG a 0-to-60 mph sprint time of 3.6 seconds with a top speed in the neighborhood of 190 mph.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG 4MATIC Shooting Brake 850 Biturbo by Brabus

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG 4MATIC Shooting Brake 850 Biturbo by Brabus

Every major auto show that Brabus goes to, you can expect that at least one of its programs will be dedicated to the billing "fastest-something-in-the-world".

At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, that distinction falls on the capable shoulders of the 2013 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake.

If you thought that station wagons are merely characterized as family cars, Brabus’ 850 6.0 Biturbo program will throw that notion right out of the window with the fury of a car running 800 horsepower worth of output.

That’s what makes this Brabus program for the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake such a mouthful to digest. Sure, it already has the performance credentials to be called a powerful car, but the German tuner takes it to a whole new level normally reserved for exotic coupes.

Then again, we shouldn’t be surprised anymore because Brabus does it over and over again, and the results have been nothing less than spectacular.

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Video: Chris Harris Compares the Audi RS6 and Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

Video: Chris Harris Compares the Audi RS6 and Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

In the latest episode of Drive, Chris Harris tested two of the most amazing sports station wagons out there: the Audi RS6 Avant and the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake. Both cars deliver an impressive amount of luxury, are quite powerful and are very (very) expensive. Upon first look, these two wagons appear to be identical, but when it comes down to on-road behavior, Chris finds them to be quite different. Check out the video to see what Harris thinks on the two models!

The RS6 Avant is far and away one of our favorite wagons ever to grace the pavement. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter TFSI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, which afford it a 0-to-60 mph sprint of just 3.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (174 mph with the Dynamic Package and 189 mph with the Dynamic Package plus).

The CLS 63 AMG, on the other hand, is a model that we are still unsure of. It’s styling is a little over the top and it is powered by less powerful 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 557 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of twist. This nets the Mercedes wagon a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 4.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

Given these two cars are so close to one another on paper, one may assume that they are nearly identical on the track. Well, you will find out, just as Harris did, that things become significantly skewed in one wagon’s favor when you put the rubber to the road. See the video to find out which model runs away with the competition.

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2013 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake by Vath

2013 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake by Vath

German tuner Vath knows how to handle its business when dealing with Mercedes vehicles.

Put whatever Silver Arrow in its path and Vath will give it the kind of tuning program that Mercedes would no doubt be proud of.

For its latest work, Vath took the task of doing its business on the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, a car that, despite its wagon configuration, packs a helluva mean punch.

But "mean" isn’t good enough for Vath; so, it did what it does best: give the car an awesome performance upgrade. In this case, the modifications involve adding bigger turbochargers to go with a new downpipe system, reducing exhaust gas counter pressure, a new rear silencer system, an ECU remap and a Vath air charge cooling system. With these upgrades installed, the German tuner was able to give the CLS 63 AMG a staggering 846 horsepower and 874 pound-feet of torque — that accounts for an increase of up to 321 horsepower and 358 pound-feet of torque. This is good enough to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 4 seconds with a top speed of 218 mph, whereas the stock model takes 4.4 seconds to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) and turns in a 155 mph top speed.

If you’re interested in that awesome program, you can avail of the complete package for just €46,172, which is about $61,000 based on current exchange rates.

There are also a multitude of aero components, including a new front spoiler (€1,416 / $1,868), a rear diffuser (€2,011 / $2,653) and new fins, all of which are made from carbon fiber. Moving inside, classic black carbon components have replaced the original parts (€3,927 / $5,181). The sport steering wheel also received a leather redesign (€1,297 / $1,711) that customers can opt to exchange for carbon or fine wood applications.

Moving to other aftermarket add-ons to the Mercedes, Vath upgraded the suspension (€1,166 / $1,538), added a big brake system that includes 405 mm (15.9-inch) brake disks with six-piston calipers on the front (€6,010 / $7,930), and installed a fuel cooler (€1,773 / $1,530), as well as an engine oil and and transmission oil cooler (€1,166 / $1,538).

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2013 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake by Spencer Hart

2013 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake by Spencer Hart

Like most collaborations in the auto industry, Mercedes’ partnership with luxury menswear brand Spencer Hart is more than just two names joining together in one press release.

There’s always a special-edition car, and in this case, that car is the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake.

Both Mercedes and Spencer Hart are known for being brands that put elegance, style and glamour in high accord. So, it was no surprise that the special-edition CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake that the latter designed carries all of those characteristics with it.

If there was ever a fashion icon and a luxury ride that best epitomize each others strength in quality, it’s Spencer Hart and the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake.

There’s definitely something to be said of this partnership, and as the final product has come to show us, Hart and the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake are really both made for each other.

Click past the jump to read about what Spencer Hart did to the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

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2014 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG 4MATIC

2014 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG 4MATIC

The CLS-Class made its debut in the U.S. in 2006 and it started off with a bang by offering the CLS55 AMG right off the bat. Sure, its 469-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 engine wasn’t nearly as stunning as the 5.5-liter used today, but it was impressive in its own right. Just a year later, the CLS63 AMG with its 507-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine gave it a spot in the market that few luxury manufacturers could match.

In the 2012 CLS63 AMG, Benz replaced the 6.2-liter engine with a 5.5-liter V-8 with a pair of turbochargers strapped to it. This smaller-displacement V-8 pumped out 518 ponies and 516 pound-feet or torque, but the AMG Performance Pack bumped that to a crazy 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. This Performance Pack dropped the 0-to-60 mph time to a lightning-fast 3.9 seconds.

For the 2014 model year, Mercedes-Benz is expanding the CLS lineup with the addition of a more powerful AMG S-Model. Alongside the hopped up S-Model is the standard CLS 63 AMG, which is equipped with its own slew of performance-oriented features, including the AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system.

This makes the CLS the fifth model in Mercedes lineup to offer the 4MATIC system as standard, along with the ML63 AMG, GL63 AMG and G63 AMG and the E-Class luxury sedan.

With the super-sexy M6 Gran Coupe making its debut in 2014 with a 560-horsepower V-8 and the 2014 Panamera coming in with a revision and a 440-horsepower twin-turbo V-8, the CLS 63 AMG 4MATIC has a lot to be worried about.

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2011 - 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG by RENNtech

2011 - 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG by RENNtech

The 2013 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG is a model that really doesn’t need any upgrades, but American tuner, Renntech, decided it would boost the luxury sedan’s image regardless. While these upgrades make the CLS 63 AMG looking better than ever it has one big disadvantage: its relatively high $9,500 price tag.

The entire kit was designed and prototyped in-house and is constructed of the highest-quality pre-preg carbon fiber that ensures years durability. If you were expecting something big, you will be disappointed, as Renntech kept the updates to a minimum by only offering a front splitter, rear diffuser and rear lip spoiler.

Usually, Renntech offers up some form of an engine update to go along with the updated aesthetics, but this time it decided to skip them. After all, the CLS 63 AMG’s 5.5-liter biturbo V-8 engine that delivers a total of 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, or 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet when you add the AMG Performance Package, is plenty powerful.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG "Stealth" by German Special Customs

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG "Stealth" by German Special Customs

When you think of the term “Stealth,” the last thing that comes to mind is a bright-orange CLS63 AMG with nearly 800 horsepower screaming down city streets. Well, apparently the folks over at German Special Customs couldn’t care less what you think about the term, as they rocked the CLS to supercar status and called it just that: Stealth.

On the outside, you get the already sexy coupè look wrapped up in a super-bright shade of orange that is ripped straight from the Aventador’s color palette. Up front, GSC adds in an aggressive front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lights, a mean-looking hood with monstrous heat-extracting vents and all-new fenders that cap off the vicious front end.

Around the backside, you get an all-new rear bumper cover that boasts a carbon-fiber diffusor to help pull the back end down at high speeds. A high-grade-steel four-pipe exhaust system is one with the diffusor, giving the CLS 63 a clean finish and a rather mean exhaust note.

Also added into the mix is a set of wheels size 20-by-9 inches up front and 20-by-10.5 inches on the back wrapped up in super-sticky Michelin tires sized 255/30R20 and 305/25R20, respectively. This sticky rubber is combined with a KW coil-over suspension system and adjustable dampers to make this massive performance coupè even more competent in the twist.

Inside, you also get a tasty treat, as GSC fits the CLS63 AMG with orange Lambo leather and a slew of carbon-fiber components.

What makes the Stealth so bad-ass is what’s under the hood. The 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine was already powerful from the factory – 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque – but GSC did it one better. The tuner pumped this V-8’s output up to 750 horsepower and 1,150 Nm (848 pound-feet) of torque. This drops its 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time down to just 3.7 seconds and bumps its top speed up to 350 km/h (217 mph). That’s a good 0.7 seconds faster to 100 km/h than the stock CLS63 AMG.

Unfortunately, GSC didn’t offer up a price on this beastly kit, but you can contact them at info@germanspecialcustoms.com for pricing details. We’re sure it is somewhere near the €50,000 ($65,000) mark.

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2013 Mercedes CLS63 AMG B63S-730 by Brabus

2013 Mercedes CLS63 AMG B63S-730 by Brabus

When you’re looking for an aftermarket company with a penchant for understated programs, rest assured, Brabus isn’t one of them.

There’s nothing understated about this German tuner. On the contrary, their reputation as one of the most over-the-top tuners is well-earned. At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Brabus is bringing another project that backs up its reputation.

The program is called ’B63S-730’ and it’s for the CLS63 AMG, a car that doesn’t seem to lack in output in its own right. Apparently, Brabus isn’t content with just 557 horsepower and 589 pound-feet of torque, so they slapped on a pair of uprated turbochargers with larger compressor units, an additional water-to-air intercooler while they also remapped the ECU software and added a new stainless-steel sports exhaust with high-flow cats and adjustable butterfly valve.

All in a day’s work too, we imagine.

As a result, the CLS63 AMG’s 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine is screaming in delight, thanks to an improved output that nets the car 730 horsepower and 763 pound-feet of torque, numbers good enough to get the CLS63 AMG to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 10.8 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph.

Aesthetically, there are plenty of new components too, highlighted by a clear-coated carbon-fiber front spoiler and fender vents. Brabus also offers a choice of 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels, including the nine-spoke Monoblock F and ten-spoke Monoblock R Platinum Edition forged wheels. Likewise, the CLS63 AMG’s interior also received its share of enhancements. We particularly like the soft Mastik leather with quilted stitching as upholstery on the seats, the panelling and the floor mats. The material itself - Matsik - sounds so exotic, right in line with the reputation of Brabus as a true exotic tuner.

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2013 Mercedes CK63 RSR by Carlsson

2013 Mercedes CK63 RSR by Carlsson

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Carlsson will unveil a very cool tuning kit based on the Mercedes CLS3 AMG. Named "CK63 RSR," this tuning kit takes the standard 518 horsepower V8 engine and tricks it to deliver an impressive 700 horsepower. Along with the extra power, the car also receives some pretty impressive exterior and interior upgrades that transform it into an even more amazing four-door coupe.

To deliver the extra power, the CK63 RSR received a more efficient intercooler system, additional water and oil coolers, plus an additional, thermostatically controlled oil cooler for the transmission. There is also a new high performance stainless-steel sports exhaust with 200-cell metal catalytic converters. The result is a tarmac-shredding output of 700 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. With the extra power, the CK63 RSR will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, will pass the 124 mph barrier in 11.6 seconds and won’t stop until it will hits a top speed of 211 mph.

The aerodynamic package includes a new carbon-fiber front lip spoiler, black stainless-steel mesh inserts in the intake grilles, brake-cooling intakes and rear carbon valance insert. Carlsson also installed an electronically retractable rear spoiler, which extends into the airflow automatically at 62 mph to help improve downforce. For the interior, Carlsson combines the finest leather with Alcantara, carbon-fiber and natural wood.

Also, in order to handle the extra power, the CK63 RSR also receives height-adjustable coil-overs with 10-position bounce and rebound adjustment, and set of wheels sized 19 or 20 inches, depending on customer’s choice.

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Misha Design Prepares a New Body Kit for the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG

Misha Design Prepares a New Body Kit for the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG

When it comes to Mercedes AMG models, most of us won’t find anything we would like to change, but there are guys out there who think even the most aggressive-looking models can still be customized.

Like the folks over Misha Designs, who have developed an aesthetic kit for the CLS 63 AMG. Los Angeles-based tuner, Misha Design has teamed up with Couture Customs of Scottsdale, Arizona, and they have developed a body kit any American can enjoy.

The body kit includes upgraded front and rear bumpers, fenders, hood, side skirts, and trunk. On top of all of that, Misha also developed roof spoilers to give it a real sporty look. The guys over Couture Customs will be responsible for the custom installation and painting.

Along with the exterior upgrades, the kit also includes stylish upgrades to the interior with custom stitching and accents, and a set of 20-inch wheels painted white to match the exterior body color.

We’re usually not one to fall in love with body kits, but this one definitely gets our seal of approval.

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2014 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG S-Model

2014 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG S-Model

Along with the facelift for the entire E-Class lineup, it looks like Mercedes decided to offer us quite a big surprise at next week’s Detroit Auto Show in the form of an updated version for the CLS 63 AMG, with a top-version S-Model. The new addition to the line-up: CLS 63 AMG S-Model features an updated look and an even more powerful engine.

The new S-Model delivers a few extra ponies over the standard CLS 63 AMG, so it is also a little bit faster to 100 km/h (62 mph) too.

All the updates offered in the S-Model, help it deliver further increase traction, even greater driving dynamics and enhanced driving enjoyment, especially on the race track.

The new Mercedes CLS 63 AMG S-Model will make its world debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show with sales to being later in the summer of 2013.

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MKB is All Business With the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG

German aftermarket wizard, MKB, believes in the concept of "no frills" modifications. That’s why when it decided to upgrade its existing program for the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG, it did so by throwing this caveat: "Being MKB and being a German technology tuner MKB omits any optical gimmicks.”

That’s right; it’s calling aesthetic upgrades “gimmicks,” because for MKB, it’s all about what’s lying under the hood of that luxury sports sedan and we tend to agree.

When it comes to engine modifications, MKB takes its craft very seriously; seriously enough that the previous program that netted the CLS 63 AMG a total of 640 horsepower (up from the standard 550 ponies) doesn’t cut it anymore.

So MKB’s engineers went back to the lab and carefully readjusted the car’s ECU and tossed in some additional carefully tuned mechanic parts, including high-flow exhaust systems and tuned boost pressure.

This kit will boost your German Sports Sedan up to a total of 700 horsepower to go with an astounding 737 pound-feet of torque. Whatever language you speak, it’s hard not to come to the same conclusion that those are ill numbers.

As a result, of the added horsepower and torque numbers, you CLS 63 AMG will sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.1 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the version fitted with the optional AMG Performance Package. The top speed, which previously peaked at only 155 mph, will be bumped to an electronically-limited 186 mph. If you’re really extreme and choose to take out the limiter altogether, your luxury sports saloon can spank even those Italian super cars to the tune of 211 mph.

Here’s the best part: the conversion to MKB’s P700 program is already available, and comes with a full MKB warranty. In Germany, the tuner is even offering the conversion even with TÜV and emission class Euro 5.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake By Lorinser

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake By Lorinser

"There is nothing we can’ do!"

This is the motto of German tuners Lorinser, if you think that the jaw-dropping Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake can’t be further customized.

For those who are bored of the current AMG kit fitted to the sports wagon, Lorinser has just announced a new body kit and performance upgrades for it that injects even more sexiness into the already sexy wagon. Nice to keep more options for the customer...

Overall, Lorinser has done a great job offering a body kit that doesn’t make the CLS Shooting Brake look very pretentious while still keeping some of the sleek and sexy lines of the standard design. It will appeal to owners looking for a subtle yet impeccably stylish body-kit, though we think that there’s hardly anybody who’d go down that road.

Hit the jump to learn more about the updates offered by Lorinser for new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake.

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Brabus Announces a Series of Power Diesel Special Editions

Brabus Announces a Series of Power Diesel Special Editions

While everyone is getting ready for the start of the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Brabus has just announced a series of Power Diesel Special Editions. These models are based on the diesel versions of Mercedes E-Class, ML-Class, GL-Class and CLS Shooting Brake.

All models will be equipped with a Brabus D6S Power Diesel engine that delivers a total of 509 pound-feet and, depending on the model, an output of up to 313 horsepower. The E350 CDI Power Diesel Coupe is priced at €58,534 (roughly $75,800 at the current exchange rates) and the CLS 350 CDI Power Diesel is priced at €68,879 ($89,100). Both models deliver an output of 313 horsepower and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. Along with the power increase, the two models will each receive a stainless-steel sport exhaust system and a set of 19-inch Monoblock F wheels combined with a set of sport springs. The CLS also gets a ride-height-lowering module and an elegant exterior design developed in cooperation with Bottrop.

The ML 350 CDI Power Diesel is priced at €71,121 ($92,000) and the GL 350 CDI Power Diesel comes in at €81,810 ($105,900), and both models pump 310 ponies from their engines. The tuner is also tossing in a stainless-steel sport exhaust system with two tailpipes, and a set of Monoblock wheels sized 20 inches and 22 inches for the two SUVs. For an extra €3,448 ($4,400) Brabus is also offering an exterior upgrade kit.

Read more about these kits in Brabus’ press release after the jump.

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Video: Carlsson CK63 RS hits 207 mph during speed test

Video: Carlsson CK63 RS hits 207 mph during speed test

Carlsson unveiled its CK63 RS tuning package last year, but because it is such an amazing car, it still makes quite an impression in the automotive industry. For example, Christian Gebhardt from Sport Auto has conducted a speed test for this updated Mercedes CLS 63 AMG.

The CK63 RS delivers a total of 649 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque, which is a significant increase over the standard 525 ponies and 516 pound-feet of twist. The extra power helps the car to deliver monstrous performance numbers, like a 0-to-60 mph sprint in just 4.1 seconds. What’s even more astounding is the fact that this beast hit a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph).

Considering the fact that a standard CLS 63 AMG is limited to only 155 mph, that’s one mean mix of modifications Carlsson has put together. Want to see it for yourself, check out the above video. There are plenty of shots of the car and plenty of shots that include the beautiful growl this modded CLS 63 AMG lets out too.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG by GAD

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG by GAD

Mercedes-Benz tuners in Germany are pretty much a dime a dozen, so many times we see just basic upgrades and overwhelmingly “blah” modifications. Fortunately, GAD Motors is one that rarely, if ever, puts together a “blah” kind of Benz. Its recent program for the CLS 63 AMG, which pumps out 563 horsepower straight off of the showroom floor, proves it.

This 4-stage program starts off with the Wattage V1 program, which adds in replacement, high-flow air filters, a mild boost in boost psi, remapping of the fuel and ignition systems, and a V max upgrade. This bumps the CLS 63 AMG up to 640 PS (631 horsepower), a 68-horsepower increase. This kit costs €3,000 ($3,841 at the current exchange rates)

The second stage is the Wattage V2, which adds in high-flow air filters, water-to-air intercooler with water pump, low-resistance downpipe with high-flow cats and a low-resistance exhaust system, an increase in turbocharger boost pressure, remapped ignition and fuel systems, and a V max upgrade. This is good for 670 PS (661 horsepower), which is an impressive 108-horsepower jump. This kit will set you back €8,600 ($11,011)

Stage three, known as the Wattage V3 kit, includes everything found in the Wattage V2 kit, but it adds in 30-percent larger GAD turbochargers, which significantly increases the overall boost. This jumps the CLS 63 AMG’s V-8 engine to a massive 730 PS (720 horsepower). That is a full 157 horsepower more than the 63 AMG made from the factory. The V3 kit will cost you €16,400 ($20,998)

The fourth and final stage is dubbed the Wattage V4 and includes everything from the V3 package and then some. The extra goodies on the V4 package include: boost increase and an optimized exhaust system – the exact exhaust specifics are not known. This jumps the CLS 63 AMG’s power to 800 PS (789 horsepower) – a huge leap of 226 horsepower. The V4 kit runs a grand total of €25,600 ($32,778)

There is no mention of what kind of track number this model can pull, but we assume a 0-to-60 time in the low-3-second range, maybe even into the high-2s.

On the outside, there are a few minor upgrades, including gunmetal-colored HRE wheels, as well as gunmetal-colored grille and side-view mirrors.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake by Brabus

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake by Brabus

Think back to the era of the station wagons (circa 1970 through 1985) and imagine the wagons that graced the garages of large families. These were typically massive slabs of iron with not enough power to outrun a 3-year-old on a tricycle and massive faux-wood stickers plastered on the side. Yeah, they weren’t necessarily things of beauty, to say the least.

As we progressed through the 1980s and 1990s, the minivan took over for the station wagon and emasculated men around the world. Now it looks as if the station wagon has come full circle in the automotive realm, as minivans are slowly disappearing, and crossovers and station wagons are taking their place.

Of course, now station wagons are called either 5-door sedans or “shooting brake.” Much like when Prince decided to change his name to an unpronounceable symbol, we’ll continue to think of these as station wagons. However, with Mercedes-Benz releasing the all-new CLS Shooting Brake, we can’t help but notice that the station wagon isn’t quite the underpowered, puke green, wood-trimmed gas guzzler that we recall. With Brabus now getting its expert hands on the CLS Shooting Brake, we are in for a big change.

That’s right, Brabus decided to take the entire CLS Shooting Brake line – from the CLS 250 Shooting Brake all the way to the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake – and pump it up a notch in the “cool” department. Well, however “cool” a station wagon can really be.

Click past the jump to read all about the Mercedes-Benz LS Shooting Brake by Brabus.

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2012 Mercedes CLS 6.3 Yachting by Kicherer

2012 Mercedes CLS 6.3 Yachting by Kicherer

Kicherer has already impressed us with some of the most amazing tuning packages for the Mercedes AMG models, so it seem fitting that they would continue that trend with yet another package. Based on the CLS 63 AMG model, the new 6.3 Yachting benefits from interesting exterior updates and a power bump from the standard 518 HP up to 625 HP.

The exterior changes for the CLS include the addition of a new set of wheels, sized 20" on the front axle and 21" on the rear, combined with an electronically adjusted chassis and a high performance braking system with steel flex brake lines. The sedan has also been wrapped in a very cool full-cover star-graphite film. For the interior, the tuner is offering a combination of leather, Alcantara, and carbon-fiber.

Under the hood, the 5.5 liter Bitubo engine has been updated to deliver an impressive 625 HP and 634 lb-ft of torque. The speed limiter has also been removed, allowing the car to hit a top speed of 186 mph.

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2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG by Hennessey

2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG by Hennessey

The Hennessey VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe is a tough act to follow with its 1,226 HP and smooth Cadillac CTS-V base, but Hennessey has followed it up with a tamer tuning package based on the Mercedes CLS63 AMG. This package "only" - compared to the VR1200 - develops a total of 700 HP (up from the car’s standard 518 HP), but it is said to carry a "Earthy" feel.

The new HPE700 package will include an HPE air induction system modification, an HPE engine management calibration, an HPE stainless steel X-pipe exhaust modification, and an HPE engine management calibration. These items will be professionally installed and will also come with a three year warranty. Next to these updates, the HPE700 package also adds a new set of wheels, suspension upgrades, and a carbon fiber trim trim for any customers interested.

Check out the Mercedes CLS63 AMG by Hennessey as it undergoes its dyno testing by clicking on the image above!

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2013 - 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake

2013 - 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2013 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

2013 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Project Maximus by SR Auto Group

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Project Maximus by SR Auto Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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