The CL we’ve all been waiting for has finally been unveiled by Mercedes, and will take prime position in the model line-up as their best luxury coupe.

It’s propelled by an AMG 6.3L V8 with a maximum output of 386 kW/525 HP and 630 Nm. Other AMG equipment includes an enhanced body kit, upgraded sports chassis with the Active Body Control and improved brakes. The CL 63 AMG goes from 0-100km/h after only 4.6s, and is electronically limited to a maximum speed of 250km/h.

Full press release and high-res images after the jump.

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For many decades, the flagship Mercedes Coupés have been synonymous with elegance and exclusivity in the automotive industry. They set the standard in terms of design and equipment, and combine exemplary safety with an out-standing level of comfort and a supremely effortless motoring experience. The new CL-Class is another Mercedes-Benz masterpiece. Just as the luxury coupé points the way forwards for the future with its innovative technology, the design also sets the mould for a new Mercedes style. Powered by the most powerful Mercedes engines to date, the new luxury coupé takes all the challenges of motorway and country driving in its stride. The eight-cylinder unit in the CL 500 generates 285 kW/388 hp and delivers its peak torque of 530 Newton metres from 2800 rpm. The CL 500 takes just 5.4 seconds to reach 100 km/h from standstill. Under the bonnet of the new CL 600 can be found an ultra-sophisticated biturbo V12 that unleashes its power in formidable fashion. It puts a whole 380 kW/517 hp on tap and torque peaks at a phenomenal 830 Newton metres from 1900 rpm. The new CL 600 is catapulted from 0 - 100 km/h in a mere 4.6 seconds. Despite such prodigious performance, the V12 drive unit actually burns 0.4 litres of fuel less per 100 kilometres than the outgoing CL 600. A series of technical innovations are included as standard which will not be found in any other car in the world. The most notable of these are undoubtedly the Active Body Control (ABC) suspension system and the anticipatory occupant protection system PRE-SAFE®. For the first time, this multi-award-winning system is being extended in the CL-Class to encom-pass the newly developed PRE SAFE® Brake.

The PRE-SAFE® Brake works in unison with Brake Assist PLUS (BAS PLUS) and issues a visual and an audible warning to the driver prior to an imminent collision. If the driver applies the brakes, BAS PLUS automatically supplies the brake pressure needed to avert an impact (if still possible). Should the driver fail to react to the warning signals and the risk of a collision becomes acute, the PRE-SAFE® Brake triggers automatic partial braking, decelerating the CL Class with around 40 per cent of maximum braking power. This autonomous partial brake applica-tion is a further clear prompt to the driver to take action. If the driver applies the brakes at this point, BAS PLUS will make maximum braking power available. This can potentially avert an accident at the very last possible moment. If this is impossible, the PRE-SAFE® Brake lessens the severity of the collision and thus the risk of injury for the occupants.

The range-topping CL 600 comes with all the right touches for a first-class ambience, including PASSION EXCLUSIVE leather appointments, seats from the designo range, handpicked poplar wood trim and an Alcantara roof liner with topstitching for a quilted effect. Ventilated dynamic multicontour seats with a massage function, the COMAND APS navigation system with hard drive, the "Logic7" surround-sound system including DVD changer and the KEYLESS-GO access and drive authorisation system are all to be found on the list of standard equipment too.