Electronic gadgetry in late-model Mercedes has recently taken its toll-the latest J.D. Power numbers finds Mercedes lagging behind such stalwart marques as Hyundai and Mercury
When Mercedes-Benz set out to build the finest sports coupe in the world they came up with the CL500 and its V12-powered sibling, the CL600. Beautifully designed, meticulously constructed, breathtakingly fast, and technology-laden, the CL-Class became the inspirational goal for drivers seeking the optimum in luxury and performance. That would be enough for most manufacturers, but Mercedes-Benz gave the CL500 to AMG for its tender ministrations and a genuine supercar-wrapped in ample and luxurious surroundings-came into being.
Prodigious power is an AMG trademark and the 5,439-cc Mercedes-Benz V8 was completely rebuilt to cope with an intercooled supercharger, which boosted horsepower to 493 at 6,100 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque available anywhere from 2,750 rpm to 4,000 rpm. To make the driving experience both convenient and sporting, AMG enhanced the electronically controlled five-speed automatic’s control with “Touch Shift,” allowing manual gear changes with the shift lever or steering wheel-mounted switches.
The chassis incorporates a full range of electronic handling aids including Electronic Stability Program, Automatic Slip Control and Active Body Control, which counteracts body roll in cornering as well as squat and dive under acceleration and braking. Braking wasn’t overlooked, as the CL55 AMG has dual-circuit discs with eight-piston calipers on the front and four-piston calipers on the rear, with electronic proportioning to compensate for different load and driving conditions.
It’s one heck of a way to get from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds.
The CL55 AMG on offer here is the “Designo Espresso” edition, a special color/trim package which includes Mocha Black Metallic paint, Light Brown Napa leather interior trim, cabinet-maker finished and assembled Brown Poplar interior wood trim and Designo Espresso floor mats. It has accumulated only 17,200 miles from new and is equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, new Pirelli P-Zero tires, a sunroof and xenon headlamps. Replacement cost as presented is nearly $130,000.
There is a waiting list for a new CL55 AMG but there is no wait needed to own this fine and virtually new example.