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What it Is
Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Preview – 2007 New York Auto Show: Anniversary celebrations are frequently expensive, which makes the debut of the pricey 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG four decades to the year after Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher founded a small firm dedicated to the engineering, construction and testing of racing engines that much more fitting. The company, AMG, is now the performance division of Mercedes-Benz, and the new CL65 AMG coupe sits at the top of the German automaker’s range of tweaked and tuned luxury rockets.
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Why it Matters
Since acquiring AMG in 1999, Mercedes has taken great strides to offer massaged versions of each of its products and over the years AMG has become world-renowned for its uncanny ability to extract maximum power, agility, and comfort out of cars wearing the three-pointed star. Now, with the introduction of the CL65 AMG, there are 16 different models to choose from including a limited-production version of this car that celebrates 40 years of building world-class machinery. Appropriately, only 40 of these special models will be produced wearing AMG Alubeam, a unique paint finish previously reserved for Mercedes show cars.
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What’s Under the Hood
A 6.0-liter bi-turbo V-12 sits under the shapely CL65 AMG’s hood, making an impressive 612 horsepower between 4,800 and 5,100 rpm and an astonishing 737 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm. Mercedes says acceleration to 60 mph takes less than 4.5 seconds, the rear wheels receiving power through a 5-speed AMG Sportshift transmission with paddle shifters. Other hardware upgrades include an AMG sport suspension with Active Body Control and a performance braking system with brake assist and Pre-Safe technologies.
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What it Looks Like
To distinguish the CL65 AMG’s appearance, the car wears titanium gray 20-inch double-spoke wheels with 255/35 front and 275/35 rear performance tires. The usual AMG body kit with larger air intakes, side skirts, and a rear diffuser is accented by chrome-ringed fog lights, a unique grille, darkened headlight lenses, and twin chrome exhaust outlets.
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A car with the CL65 AMG’s performance needs to have seats that are up to the task of holding occupants in place, so special sport-bolstered, multi-contour, massaging chairs upholstered with unique diamond-pattern Passion Nappa leather are installed. There’s also an AMG sports steering wheel, AMG gauges, AMG badges, and a Racetimer that lets the driver monitor lap times – just in case the car ever actually sees a track instead of a yacht club parking lot. Poplar wood and brushed stainless steel complete the CL65 AMG’s décor treatment.
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What We Think
Mercedes-Benz says in its press release on the CL65 AMG: “Another dream car has joined the AMG model range in the form of the new CL65 AMG.” Another dream car? For any enthusiast with a pulse, this is officially THE dream car.
Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
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