What do you look for in a car? Speed? Handling? Comfort? Style? The C216 generation Mercedes-Benz CL has all of these things, and the AMG version kicks it up a notch. For those not familiar with the Mercedes Benz lineup, the CL nameplate has been worn for decades on the trunk-lid of the biggest Benzes. For the C216 generations and many other previous, these ultimate vehicles ride on the chassis of the flagship S-class sedan, and carry a very similar sticker price. The engine lineup between the S and CL are identical for American markets, minus the hybrid options available on the S only. Let’s break it down.
Base model CL was named the CL550, and as the name implied, came equipped with a 5.5L naturally aspirated V8 that made 382 horsepower. The vast majority of CLs sold were 550s, which makes sense because they delivers ample power and smoothness. Those who opted for more could choose from three other engine options.
Those who wanted the ultimate luxury could opt for the CL600, powered by a twin turbocharged 5.5 liter V12, making a claimed 493 horses. Many enthusiasts claimed that this horsepower figure was very conservative, as not to dethrone the more aggressive looking CL63 as the performance option, since the 63 and 600 carried similar starting prices. We’d also like to note that the 600 model produced a whopping 590 lb-ft of torque. Many say that for this reason, the 600 feels faster than the 63, although the official numbers cannot corroborate this. In terms of interior quality, the 600 is the way to go, although no CL is a slouch in this department. The CL600 models also have a more comfort oriented suspension than the 63 and 65 models.
Those with an unlimited budget would without a doubt opt for the range-topping CL65 model. Powered by a 6.0 liter twin-turbo V12, this car produced over 600 horses, and 738 lb-ft of torque. No, that is not a typo. This makes more torque than your diesel dually, and more power than your Ferrari 458. And costs the downpayment on your second home. If you haven’t already, we highly recommend that you experience a “65” Mercedes vehicle at some point. Words cannot describe it.
Pictured here, we have the 63 model, powered by a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8. This car makes quite the rumble. This car truly does everything well. Front seat comfort is comparable to that of a Bentley, and the rear seats can actually fit adults. Even 2008 models come with cool technology such as soft-close doors, keyless start, Night View Assist, and an amazing active suspension setup that somehow keeps the car flat in tight turns. Hit the throttle from a dead stop, and the traction control system does a great job of keeping the car headed in the right direction. Once the rear wheels hook, you will be thrown back into your seat. The CL63 is so smooth and quiet at high speeds, we thought the speedometer was over-reporting by 40mph. With the windows up, the massive V8 is barely audible thanks to fantastic sound insulation. Theres really nothing to dislike.