CLS550 “Coupe” Could Be Benz’s Best

I would call the Mercedes-Benz CLS550 a 4-door sedan, but Mercedes insists on its “4-door coupe” terminology. Whatever, this is a striking, even stunning design, now six years old, but tweaked to give it a bit more muscle, a bit more flare.

The new CLS550 now gives us a smaller, more efficient 4.6-liter powerplant compared to its big-blat CL predecessor, going with turbo and direct injection along with the rest of the car world, it seems. Power is now 402 hp, and torque is 443 lb-ft—still sufficient to boot you to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.

If that won’t do it for you, there’s always the “CLS63 AMG new direct-injection 5.5-liter biturbo AMG V8 (518 hp, 516 lb-ft) with ECO Stop/Start technology, AMG 7-speed MCT and AIRMATIC rear suspension. Optional Performance Package yields 550 hp/590 lb-ft.” So says a notice I saw on Mercedes-Benz’s press site.

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