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Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG PDF Print E-mail

The frozen wastes of Switzerland in March are the scene of much automotive activity as the prestigious Geneva Salon beckons.  Well, it was cold and it had snowed, but you get the picture; after a winter’s hibernation, Geneva is the first important European motor show of the year and everybody in the business goes.

As with many of its rivals, Mercedes-Benz had to come up with something new for the 2006 Geneva show, but with no new products scheduled for early this year, the Stuttgart company had to rely on exotic variants instead.  That is not to say that the two they chose for the limelight were not worthy of the accolade.  The CLS 63 AMG and CLK 63 AMG are by any standards, pretty dramatic, not to mention a little exclusive.

Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG
Both these models are powered by the AMG version of the magnificent eight cylinder engine, developed entirely by Mercedes-AMG.  Displacing a hefty 6.3 liters, power output is a strong 514 bhp (378 kW) making it the most powerful normally-aspirated V8 production engine in the world.  Mercedes-Benz claims a benchmark 0-100 km/h time of just 4.5 seconds, with an electronically-limited top speed of the European-wide accepted 250 km/h.

The outstanding V8 engine is mated to an AMG 7G-tronic transmission, offering the driver the choice of fully automatic or manual shifting using beautifully crafted aluminum paddles behind the steering wheel.

Mercedes-Benz, itself a subsidiary of German-American giant DaimlerChrysler, now owns AMG outright, but the company began as a small tuner of engines in Grossaspach, Germany.  Formed by Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher in the 1960s, it teamed up with Mercedes in 1988 to enter the German touring car series, before a full merger in 1999.  Today AMG designs and builds the performance versions of a number of Mercedes-Benz products and is now located at Affalterbach, to where it expanded in 1978.

The CLS is essentially a four-door coupé with beautifully balanced lines.  Although its sloping rear could compromise headroom in the passenger compartment, in reality it does not represent a problem.  Mercedes-Benz calls it ‘one coupé generation ahead’.  The rear occupants have two individual seats, while there is more than ample room between the front and rear seats.  The front seats feature power adjustment and are available with active ventilation as an option.

Safety is a prime requisite on all Mercedes cars and the CLS has adaptive front airbags, side bags and full-length air curtains.  There is also the unique preventative occupant protection system Pre-safe which actually detects an impending impact and reacts accordingly.  The measures the system adopts include split-second tensioning of the seat belts, bringing the driver and front seat passenger into a more upright position before a potential collision, allowing the airbags to do their job more effectively.

The AMG version, as well as the engine modifications and the seven-speed transmission, features highly sophisticated sports suspension, based on Mercedes’ proven Airmatic system, incorporating an adaptive damping control.  In addition, composite front disc brakes and perforated and ventilated discs all round ensure more than adequate stopping power.

Meanwhile, on the coupé or cabriolet CLK 63 AMG the V8 is slightly milder, but still chucks out 481 bhp (354 kW) and a massive 630 Newton meters of toque – again, more than any other vehicle in its class.

These AMG vehicles are understandably extremely specialized – and vastly expensive – but they find a steady demand in some markets.  The company, as AMG-Mercedes, is still involved in the DTM (German touring cars), this year with former DTM champion Bernd Schneider, Britain’s Jamie Green and rapid Canadian, 21-year old Bruno Spengler, as well as the twice Formula One world champion, Finland’s Mika Hakkinen. 

 
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