CL 500 BlueEfficiency
new engine range moves the
next generation Mercedes CL coupe
higher up the desirability stakes.
Not only is the new powerplant
quieter and much smoother but
it delivers its power more readily,
economically and cleanly a win-
AS POWERING THE NEW CL COUPES, the new generation of V8 petrol and V6 diesels
build on Mercedes' established BlueEfficiency principles with sophisticated
high-performance ignition linked to careful re-design and manufacturing to reduce
friction. By including a Stop & Start function and the latest 7G-Tronic automatic
transmission, the result is significantly improved power outputs and reduced
fuel consumption and emissions.
In the case of the CL 500 BlueEfficiency 4.6 V8, the 435bhp petrol models show
gains of 12 per cent more power while torque is up almost a third and consumption
down 22 per cent remarkable achievements in cars of this size.
The CL 63 AMG's new V8 engine has been completely retuned above the standard
unit to punch out 544bhp with sharper responses calibrated into its electronics
and 7-speed transmission, and this bi-turbo unit now outperforms the naturally-aspirated
6.2-litre of the former 63 AMG coupe. As such, it offers a delightful blend
of performance with panache, delivering immense urge immediately whenever called
upon and without challenging the driver to push their personal limits.
new CL has a dramatically different front-end incorporating a new grille, headlamps,
bumper, bonnet and LED daytime lights. At the back are new tail lights; the
rear deck now rolls over the wings in a more continuous line and the coupe roofline
new engine and
new cabin technology
make it more
of a drivers car as well
as being a genuine
Inside there is the latest split-view technology using thin film transistors
which allows driver and passenger to simultaneously view different displays,
as well as powerful navigation and sound packages.
Mercedes has introduced additional technical features including active lane
assist, blind spot monitors, radar and camera assistance systems and even cross-wind
stabilisation, which uses sensors on the suspension to measure cross-wind hitting
the car from any direction and then beefing up the resistance, all in milliseconds.
The new engine and new cabin technology make it more of a driver's car as well
as being a genuine four-seater coupe. Access to the two rear seats is easy,
and once inside the leg and headroom is very good.
The best selling year for the CL Class in the UK was 2007 when 729 went through
dealerships but the arrival of the recession halved that figure the following
year and it slipped further again last year to date, in 2010, it has
topped just 100 units.
The arrival of the new CL this October is expected to see sales start climbing
again and customers will buy this new CL for its improved looks, very quiet
and roomy interior and refined powertrain which offers excellent performance
and economy potential. However, it is expensive to buy, tax and insure; other
downsides include the complex multi-media system that can be distracting to
use and some steering vagueness. David Miles
Mercedes-Benz CL 500 BlueEfficiency | £89,425
Maximum speed: 155mph | 0-62mph: 4.9 seconds | Overall test MPG: 29.7mpg
Power: 435bhp | Torque: 516lb ft | CO2: 224g/km