Super CLS: Mercedes' new CLS55 AMG aims to spoil M5's party

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  1. elysium

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    Super CLS: Mercedes' new CLS55 AMG aims to spoil M5's party
    By GREG KABLE / Autoweek

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    Looking to spoil some of the new fourth-generation BMW M5’s glory, Mercedes-Benz has issued its first official photographs of its upcoming CLS55 AMG—before the base model has even hit the streets. The new super CLS is referred to by Mercedes as a coupe, but with conventional B-pillars it's more sedan.

    Based around the same mechanical package as the E55, the CLS55 will be out to keep the new M5 honest with top shelf performance and features to match. Powering Stuttgart’s latest Bahnstormer is AMG’s supercharged 5.5-liter V8 delivering 476 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

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    Mercedes claims 0-62 mph acceleration in 4.7 seconds and a top speed limited to 155 mph. The new car rides on a tuned version of Benz’s Airmatic DC air suspension and 18-inch double spoke alloy wheels shod with 255/40 ZR18 (front) and 285/35 ZR18 rubber. Further extending the standard CLS’s aggressive appearance is an AMG bodykit consisting of a deeper front apron with integrated fog lamps, unique grille insert with three silver elements, wider side sills and a reworked rear bumper with dual oval tailpipes.

    The CLS55 is set to be unveiled at this September's Paris motor show and is scheduled to go on sale next January in Europe for about EURO81,000 (or about $100,000 at current exchange rates, before taxes). That's about the same time we expect to see the base-model CLS appear Stateside.

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  2. curiousgeorgeM3

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    A couple of things:
    1. As always AMG/MB needs supercharging to match the performance numbers of BMW's NA engines and their engines never perform quite as smoothly as a result. Still it falls short of the 507 hp/ 520 tq number the M5 is putting out.
    2. Although not stated here, I am sure MB plans to install a auto only tranny......boo.
    3. The M5 will ineveitably have a more sportier feeling suspension and provide a more connected driving experience but that is yet to be seen.
    4. $100K is a bit higher than what the M5 is expeced to sell for and you get 2 less cylinders.

    BUT.....and before all the new MB Nazis here get butt-hurt.....
    1. Although I love the looks of the M5, I have to admit that this MB is just awesome looking and I would choose it over the BMW based on only looks.
    2. If MB offered a manual tranny or a sequential system that is equal to the new SMG, I would be very hard pressed not to become an AMG man.
    Time will only tell :)
     
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    1)I'm in love with M5 :)
    2)So many people hated on the M5 on this BNZ forum I go to :ugh:
    3)Elysium you aren't Trishield and I'm the local MB Nazi :slap:

    The M5 is truely a beatiful car inside and out.

    Back on topic MB is finally taking a leap with design. The CLS has been slated to be released no shock.

    My opinion is that MB has been afraid to design a car that's controversial in design. They've been content with keeping their designs "classic".

    I'm not sure why MB hasn't in the past come out with something unordinary but the CLS55 is nothing special.

    What is special the 7G Tronic tranny. Until anyone has actually droven one you really can't just say "well it's still and automatic" even though it is :o

    AMG has vowed never to a make a m/t for any AMG car why you ask it's not in their interest :wtf:

    I think that rules out any type of smg :hs:

    For that reason my next car will be as toss up between Mercedes and BMW.
     
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    Performance-wise, the M5 probably has the edge, but that is one of the sexiest new cars I've seen in a long time... they really pulled off a great design, inside and out.
     
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    Agreed. I can't stop looking at it.
     
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    It looks superb, but I just can't get past the whole four-door coupe concept. It has four doors, its a curvy saloon.

    To be honest I would quite happily choose that over the M5. BMW has in my opinion lost the plot somewhat recently, most obviously with regards to styling. But for another reason I just find myself less interested in BMW as a marque.

    On a side note, I was under the impression that the 5.5litre supercharged AMG V8 produced 500bhp (as in the SL55 AMG), not 476bhp.
     
  7. elysium

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    Of course I'm not TriShield, I don't post articles about Vauxhalls and Saabarus :wiggle:

    S/C'd engines are usually quite linear and smooth, I believe your thinking of T/C'd engines which often have a large power jump at a certain RPM range. But I'm glad you are coming around to being a possible future MBZ driver. :)
     
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    Someone said it to me once thought I'd say it :o

    I can't wait to see the CLS hit dealerships. We're just getting the SLR in

    Georgia @ 1 local dealership :greddy:

    I may get to ride in it but not drive it unless it's on a closed road :hs:
     
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    If you don't take pics and post them here you are officially banned from the ECs :p
     
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    They have the thing in various states of tune depending on how they want to market the car, I think
     
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    HELL N0 bmw is far superior to mb shit. bmws cover all aspects of performance such as slalom braking and other things not just strait line oh and wait they dominate at that too well isnt that special BMW 4 3v3r
     
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    And there we have it folks. Forget what any automotive journalist may ever tell you, don't even think of ordering that CLS or infact any Mercedes-Benz because this huge weight of analysis and reason quite clearly illustrates why Mr Benz and Mr Daimler should have given up right back in the 1800s. Even then they should have realised that they'll never produce a car better than a BMW, and all their products would be shit.

    I just love the fact that people make comparisons and claims about cars before they are even released and before even journalists have touched them based upon general assumptions from a marques past models.

    Christ who knows, the CLS55 AMG may even be good at slalom braking............
     
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    They were suppose to get it in 2 weeks ago.

    Georgia sucks Canadian dealerships had the SLR last year.
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    i cant wait. im trading the s in for the cls!
     
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    Bigjohn is a troll.
     
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    Heh. The back end looks like an old Infiniti J30 :o
     
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    I want that motor
     
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    Get a C55 then :o

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    the new cl65 > *
     
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    What a beautiful car.
     
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    God, that car is so incredibly beautiful. Makes the M5 look even uglier, if it were possible.
     
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    Apples and Oranges lets compare the two :eek3:
     
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