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by Tim Beissmann

Mercedes-Benz Australia has launched the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL 63 AMG and CL 65 AMG, featuring even more mental performance figures and price tags to match.

The CL 63 AMG’s new 5.5-litre biturbo V8 produces 400kW of power and 800Nm of torque (compared with 386kW/630Nm from the old model’s 6.2-litre V8). Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes just 4.5 seconds and the top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.

Mercedes has also focused on the efficiency of the new model, with a ‘Controlled Efficiency’ mode built into the AMG Shiftspeed MCT seven-speed automatic transmission. Regenerative braking also leads to environmental savings, with combined cycle fuel consumption down more than 25 percent to 10.6 litres/100km and average CO2 emissions cut by around 30 percent to 247g/km (just 11g/km more than the base model Ford Falcon).

New standard features in the CL 63 AMG include Mercedes’ direct-steer system, torque vectoring brake and crosswind stabilisation, which have resulted in further improvements to active handling safety and overall agility. Active lane keeping and blind spot assist are also standard, while the refreshed interior scores a new AMG steering wheel and a split-view screen for the Comand multimedia system.

Its big brother, the CL 65 AMG, features a revised version of the 6.0-litre biturbo V12 and now produces 463kW (up from 450kW). Torque remains unchanged at an almighty 1000Nm.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL 63 AMG is on sale now from $423,300 (down $150) while the CL 65 AMG remains the most expensive vehicle to wear the three-point star in the country, with a starting price of $519,250 (up $2150).

Note: Prices are Manufacturer’s List Prices including GST and LCT but excluding dealer delivery and all on road costs. Consumers should contact dealers for driveaway price information.




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