While the Mercedes-Benz S Class is often cited as the brand’s highest-rung offering, it has one simple problem: it’s got four doors. While four doors (and an extended wheelbase) make hauling passengers in comfort easier, four doors aren’t nearly as stylish as two, and not everyone in the upper strata of income wants to drive a sedan.
Enter the Mercedes-Benz CL Class, the range-topping coupe that’s offered as an alternative to the S Class sedan. Like its four-door sibling, the CL Class comes in distinct variants, though most are aimed to please the most hardcore driving enthusiasts. Even the entry-level CL, the CL 550 4MATIC, boasts a 4.6-liter twin-turbo V-8 rated at 429 horsepower, sending its output through a seven-speed automatic to all four wheels. While the car’s focus is performance over fuel economy, it still returns up to 15-percent better fuel economy than the normally-aspirated 6.3-liter V-8 it replaces.
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