CarAdvice will be posting a complete road test review of the new Mercedes-Benz CLS this weekend, but for now here is a brief introduction to the new generation CLS.
First off we drove the CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY; a thoroughly potent 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel which develops 195kW and 620Nm of torque, and will sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds.
This is one of the quietest diesel engines you will ever experience; there is absolutely no way you will pick this car as a diesel from inside the cabin, even under heavy acceleration.
Not only does the new-generation car get substantially enhanced performance, but the reduction in fuel consumption is every bit as remarkable as the car itself. On a combined cycle the CLS 350 CDI BlueEEFICIENCY consumes just 6.2L/100km.
The diesel-powered CLS is also a hugely capable performer in the ride and handling department, with limpet-like grip through fast moving bends and a staggering level of composure for a car of these proportions.
Equally impressive is the hugely powerful CLS 63 AMG with it’s AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo powerplant that puts out 386kW and 700Nm of torque. That’s enough to propel this monster from 0-100km/h in a blistering 4.4 seconds.
If, however, you choose the optional AMG Performance Package, those numbers increase to 410kW and a staggering 800Nm. That will get you from 0-100km/h in a supercar-like 4.3 seconds.
But again, it’s the ridiculously minimal fuel consumption of this luxury rocket ship that inspires. Try 10L/100km and a CO2 output of just 233g/km and you’ll be smack on the money. That’s a truly remarkable achievement, which equates to a 31 percent reduction over the previous generation car.
Hit the AMG button and drill the right pedal, and the CLS 63 AMG morphs into a highly capable sports car with brutal in-gear acceleration that simply never lets up.
Read the complete review of the new Mercedes-Benz CLS at CarAdvice this weekend, but until then, here is the new pricing for the model range:
CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY (Petrol) – $159, 200
CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY (Diesel) - $159, 200
CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY - $210, 800
CLS 63 AMG - $263, 500
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