Mercedes-Benz has some major changes in store for its product line over the coming years, with several key models receiving facelifts and complete name changes. We have already seen this with the new 2010 E-Class Coupe, which has replaced the CLK, and soon we will see the CL name phased out with the introduction of a facelifted model later this year. The updated car will come in for the 2011 model year and go by the new name of S-Class Coupe.
The current C216 CL was first introduced at the end of 2006 but prototypes for the facelifted version have been spotted testing in Germany as early as August of 2008. This latest leaked image depicts the high-performance AMG model, revealing new details such as the more upright grille with a single chrome bar, a squarer headlight design and LED daytime running lights.
A new twin-turbocharged and direct injected 4.7-liter V-8 with 435 horsepower and 516 pound-feet will feature as the base engine, while the AMG variants will make do with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 with either 544 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque or 571 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque on tap. A twin-turbocharged V-12 should also remain in the flagship S65 AMG Coupe.
Expect the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and its AMG variants to make their world debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show this October.
[Mercedes-Benz via Autoblog.nl]