2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Preview

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed is underway, and Mercedes-Benz has taken the opportunity of being in front of some of the world's preeminent gearheads and car-lovers to unveil the 2011 CL-Class. The flagship coupe offers a brawny V-8, reduced emissions, and an updated look, and it's coming to America this fall. To add to the fun, they've surprised us and kept the CL name, rather than changing to S-Class Coupe as we'd expected.

Powered by a 429-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 engine in CL550 4MATIC trim, the new car cuts fuel use by 10-15 percent, according to Mercedes, while at the same time reducing CO2 emissions by up to 23 percent over the naturally-aspirated 6.3-liter engine it replaces. The jump comes largely from the use of their new BlueDIRECT direct injection system. Acceleration is brisk, cutting to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds--half a second quicker than its predecessor.

The CL600, the flagship model, gets its motivation from a 510-horsepower twin-turbo V-12, delivering 612 pound-feet of torque. The CL600 shaves 0.4 seconds off the CL550's time, hitting 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.

Other key updates and changes for the 2011 model-year are a revised exterior appearance, with the V-shaped grille and curved headlights flowing into the hood's profile. The new front bumper features triple air intakes, plenty of chrome, and an LED daytime running light strip along the brake cooling inlets. At the rear, the tail lights are redesigned, and LED turn indicators complete the modern lighting. A sport package which adds 19-inch alloy wheels and more aggressive body work is also available.

Of course, there's also the usual array of high-tech gadgetry and features: bi-xenon headlights with active curve illumination, adaptive highbeams, active lane-keeping assist, active blind spot assist, PRE-SAFE braking, attention assist, active body control--the list goes on.

For the full official run-down on the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class, including all the flowery semi-translated language, catch the press release on page two.


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Comments (9)
  1. Okay, now I am narrowly confused because for the longest time, motorauthority has been reporting that they were going to change the name of the CL to the S-Class Coupe and here we see that it still called the CL! Nelson, help me out here please!

  2. Thousands of big words in that article and not one mentions price.

  3. Prince-Ali--Mercedes surprised us with this one. Maybe the name-change is being saved for later.
    Bubbleboy--price is typically let out closer to the actual retail availability (later this year), but as the saying goes: if you have to ask, you probably can't afford it.

  4. I like this a lot better than the older one because the rear of the other one looked wired and dull. I like the new style because it is very sharp and professional looking. The other ones look less sharp than this one.

  5. hate how it went from smooth and curvy front end to a sharp and edgy one i like the old one better hope the cl63 and cl65 look better then this one

  6. It looks too much like the E-Class Coupe but that interior.. OMG! It's gorgeous

  7. Where is everyone getting the sharp edeges from and the look of the E-Class. there tto different cars. But the car dosent look like it changed much except for the minor facelift of the rear and the large facelift of the front.

  8. I really love this car, it's beautiful...but the shape of the front headlamps is a bit "dodgy" in my opinion. I think the reason they never brand it as "s-class coupe" is because the over-all design doesn't look much like an s-class, unlike the e-class coupe which looks like the e-class sedan. Designers can how design the future " s-class coupe" to look the upcoming 2012 s-class sedan. I can't wait! The best or nothing!

  9. More beautiful than the last-gen!

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