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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