Spy Shots: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

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The Mercedes-Benz CLS ignited the four-door coupe market when it was first introduced back in 2004, and since then we’ve seen several other luxury rivals attempt to emulate the design with cars like the 2010 Porsche Panamera, recently revealed 2010 Aston Martin Rapide and upcoming Audi A7.

Now Mercedes-Benz is working on a new generation of the CLS and like the original there will also be a high-performance AMG model. This performance  model will still be called the CLS63 despite being fitted with the tuning division's latest twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8. Peak output is expected to reach a generous 571 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.

Clear giveaways that this is the AMG model testing in prototype form are the quad exhaust tailpipes, additional air vents on the hood, and oversized brakes--the latter seen glowing red hot as the prototype tackles the Nurburgring circuit in Germany.

Expect to see similar performance to that of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E63, which means a 0-62 mph time of around 4.6 seconds. Drive is likely to be channelled rearward via AMG’s new SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission.

The new CLS range, including the AMG model, is expected to be launched in late 2010 as a 2011 model, and positioned more upmarket to bring it in line with some of its more premium rivals. This will also allow Mercedes-Benz to introduce a second four-door coupe model, rumored to be based on its next-generation small car platform.

For more information on the regular 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS range, click here. Also rumored to be in the works is a new ‘shooting brake’ variant, which you can read about by clicking here.

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Comments (6)
  1. You can sense some hints of ugliness in the sillouette of the new CLS

  2. Keep in mind this is still a prototype with ALOT of camo cladding on it, so I don't see how you can judge its silhouette. The only thing that I can positively discern is the roofline, which, surprise surprise, is the same as the last one.

  3. dont change current cls design!!!!!

  4. AMG seems to have become nothing more than a badge and a big V8. I know, I know, engines hand built, sporty suspension, bigger brakes, bla bla bla. What i'm saying is, AMG used to be special, exclusive even, but now i see just as many of them as i do regular MB. I fear BMW's M will soon lose some of its racing appeal too, now that the M is being slapped on SUVs. I guess their just following the money.

  5. the amg's have got nothing but better and more racy in my opinion... look at the black series, the sl65.. its wild i belive they have got more wild, bigger engines, bigger bulges etc... they are alot more common because rich ppl are realizing that they are worth the extra money. and they are good =] i drove a clk amg black series.... i have never heard a better car! that day i drove a ferrari 599gtb, a bmw m5 and a porsche cayenne turbo with custom exhaust. i was blown away by the amg.

  6. I just toured the Nurburgring last weekend and snapped pics what is the new CLS55AMG (only the recently announced S63AMG will maintain the '63' name despite being a twin-turbo V8 - all other models will be badged '55') - my pics show a far more evolved prototype with near production body that looks quite aggressive while remaining stylish (still wearing camo though). It sounded like the Gods of Thunder - make NO mistake - this latest power plant from AMG has all the aural herbs you could want (but not as loud as the SLS convertible protos that were also testing which sounded like NASCARs). It looked close to production ready and judging by all the lightly camo'd new CLS pre-production examples in the carpark of Mercedes' Sindelfingen plant where they are made - full-scale production is being put to the test and is only a month or two away. Suffice to say if you liked the old CLS - you will like this one more. It takes away the non-Benz look and replaces it with a slightly more compact but visually focussed car, sitting back on it's curved haunches and overall looks to be slightly smaller (may just be the camo but I'm not so sure). Not long to wait!

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