The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class luxury sports car will soon arrive to an authorized dealer near you.
The third-generation CL-Class W216 makes its point with an elegant, streamlined body that is 5065 mm long, 1871 mm wide and 1418 mm high. It makes it 71 mm (almost 3 inches) longer, 15 millimeters (almost 6 inches) wider and 20 mm higher (around 0.8 inch) than the outgoing W215 model that stayed on a production line for around six years.
This is no wonder, since the redesigned luxury sports coupe shares its platform with the stately S-Class.
Like it was the case with the latest E-Class model, the German company will try to make a huge number of safety features its main selling point.
The list of standard selling equipment will reportedly include an Intelligent Light System, ABC suspension system, and the notorious PRE-SAFE anticipatory occupant protection system.
The car in not only larger and safer, it also features a choice of the most power Mercedes-Benz engines to date becoming a serious threat to its main competitors — the new Aston Martin DB9, Jaguar XK Series, Bentley Continental GT and Maserati GranSport.
The eight-cylinder 5.0-liter engine produces 388 horsepower and gives a maximum torque of 530 Nm @ 2800 rpm, which makes it 26% and 15% respectively more powerful than the current Mercedes’ V8.
The engine is powerful enough to accelerate the CL 500 from zero to 62 mph in just 5.34 seconds, making it 0.9 seconds faster than the outgoing model.
The top-of-the-line CL 600 will be equipped with a 6.0-liter biturbo V12, which output has been increased from 500 hp to 517 hp, and the maximum torque has been improved from 800 Nm to 830 Nm at 3500 rpm.
This elegant coupe accelerates from zero to 62 mph in mind blowing 4.6 seconds.
What’s interesting is that the newer engine, although being significantly more powerful, is at the same time more fuel efficient, featuring 0.6 mpg better mileage than the current model.