The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG range will benefit from the same mechanical enhancements as its E63 AMG counterpart when it launches overseas in the second quarter of this year.
The rear-wheel-drive Mercedes CLS63 AMG upgrades to the new 410kW/720Nm tune of the 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 shared with the upcoming 2013 E-Class performance flagship, with its additional 24kW and 20Nm improving the sleek four-door’s sprint time by two-tenths to 4.2 seconds (4.3sec for the Shooting Brake). Despite the added performance, combined cycle fuel consumption also improves one-tenth to 9.9 litres per 100km.
Like the updated E63 AMG, there will also be two new all-wheel-drive variants of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG: one with the standard engine output, and one a high-performance ‘S-Model’ with 430kW and 800Nm. The 410kW AWD model is half a second quicker than the rear-driver to triple figures, while the S-Model shaves another tenth off that time, stopping the clock at 3.6sec.
Unfortunately – as is the case for the updated E63 AMG – the all-paw variants will only be produced in left-hand drive, putting them off the table for Australian customers. Mercedes-Benz Australia corporate communications manager Jerry Stamoulis confirmed the rear-wheel-drive models would arrive in Australia towards the end of the year. The second-gen CLS63 AMG sedan launched locally in June 2011, while the pre-update Shooting Brake variant is set to arrive in May.