OFFICIAL: Here’s The New Mercedes CLS63 AMG 2012 As It Comes At LA Auto Show 2010
Mercedes presented today, at the Californian auto show, the performance version of their CLS model. Equipped with the new V8 engine coming from AMG, the new Mercedes CLS63 is available in two power versions.
After the Biome concept, unveiled yesterday, Mercedes released today the first informations and pictures of the new CLS63 AMG, the newest product of their performance division. The four-door coupe gets a series of aerodynamic modifications and under its hood was fitted the M157 twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine, which promises AMG-worthy performances.
In order to be able to face the automotive industry’s big names, Mercedes CLS63 AMG comes with the new 5.5-liter V8 engine offered by AMG in two power versions. The first one delivers 518 HP and 515 lb-ft of torque, resources guaranteeing a 0 to 60 sprint in just 4.4 seconds and a top speed, electronically limited to 155 mph.
For the ones dreaming of even more power, the Stuttgart automaker made their dreams come true with the Performance Package, which delivers a total of 550 Hp and 590 lb-ft of torque coming from under the hood. The acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is done in 4.3 seconds and the top speed is of 185 mph, also electronically limited.
Although the performances of the four-door coupe have improved, compared to the previous generation, Mercedes also managed to reduce the fuel consumption values with 33%.
The V8 engine is assisted by a Speedshift MCT 7 transmission, with seven gears, coming with a start-stop system, available in the C drive mode (Controlled Efficiency). When the gearbox is set for the Sport (S) or Sport Plus (S+) model, the fuel saving system turns of, to increase the driving pleasure. Of course, the Speedshift transmission also features the M mode, allowing the driver to shift gears manually, with the help of the paddles behind the steering wheel.
To maximize the sensations offered by the V8 engine, Mercedes have installed a starting assist system, named RACE START. The technological package includes an adaptive suspension with three functions, Confort, Sport and Sport Plus, combined with the newest sports power steering designed in the AMG labs. As well, the driver can choose from three levels of the ESP system.
The new Mercedes CLS63 AMG features four drilled 14.1 inch brake disks, hid behind some 19 inch alloy wheels, with five spokes, wearing 255/35 tyres in the front and 285/30 in the rear. The contrast is offered by the red brake calipers.
Aesthetically, Mercedes CLS63 AMG comes with a revised aerodynamic package, including a new front bumper, with bigger air intakes, new side skirts and a rear diffuser flanked by four exhausts.
The market debut will bring the CLS63 AMG Launch Edition, with a body painted in Manganit Grey Magnom, Corteccia Pearl leather for the interior, combined with anthracite alcantara. The finishes are made of carbon fiber and black wood.