With Mercedes-Benz choosing not to offer its striking CLS Shooting Brake in the U.S., the next best way for American readers to enjoy the car is by watching this video review courtesy of Brit journo Chris Harris. He recently tested the potent AMG version, which like most of the Affalterbach tuner’s latest models comes with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8.

Though most of its internals are shared with the CLS63 AMG sedan, the CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake is unique from the windshield back. In particular, the car has a longer wheelbase, providing extra legroom for backseat passengers and additional storage space--up to 54.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

With this combination of potent V-8 performance and wagon practicality, it’s hard not to love the CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake. And it’s clear Harris feels the same way.

It’s important to note that his car was fitted with an available rear axle differential lock, which helps you make the most of the car’s 525 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, especially when flinging it around some tight corners.

Enjoy the video, and look forward to live photos of the new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake range following its debut at next week’s 2012 Paris Auto Show.