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by Tim Beissmann

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG has broken cover at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, and has been confirmed to arrive in Australia in the second quarter of next year.

In standard form, the all-new CLS 63 AMG is powered by a 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 which boasts 386kW and 700Nm of torque, while the hyper AMG Performance Package option steps the numbers up to 410kW and 800Nm.

Teamed with the performance house’s “Speedshift” MCT seven-speed automatic transmission, the 0-100km/h sprint is all over in 4.4 seconds in the 386kW version, and one-tenth less with the Performance Package.

Top speed for the standard version is 250km/h, while the Performance Package model is electronically limited to 300km/h.

Mercedes says the key difference between the performance levels of the two tunes is the maximum charge pressure of the twin turbochargers – 14.5psi in the AMG vs 18.8psi in the AMG Performance Package.

Not that it would have been a deal-breaker for many owners anyway, but Mercedes is also proud that the new CLS 63 AMG is 33 percent more fuel efficient than the vehicle it replaces. City consumption now averages out to 14.7 litres/100km while highway driving consumes 11.2 litres/100km in both tunes.

AMG’s adaptive suspension and high-performance braking system (which features 14.2in internally ventilated, cross-drilled discs at all four corners) combine with SLS AMG-inspired all-aluminium doors to make the CLS 63 AMG a serious performance machine.

Inside, drivers are treated to a host of materials and touches, ranging from burl walnut wood veneers and premium leathers to piano black lacquers, carbon fibre and aluminium highlights.

New driver assist features include Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist, both of which are tuned into the ESP.

Mercedes-Benz Australia’s David McCarthy said the Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG will arrive in Australia towards the end of the second quarter of 2011.

He said the AMG Performance Package model was under consideration, but no firm decision had been made yet.

“We haven’t decided yet, but probably not initially. It doesn’t really need [the extra power],” Mr McCarthy said.

He confirmed Mercedes-Benz Australia had already taken two or three orders for the CLS 63 AMG.




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