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Mercedes CL 500

High-tech luxury starВ : we the MercedesВ C L 500

When one drives a model of the oldest car manufacturer in the it is always a unique motoring and the CL 500 makes no exception to his rule. car embodies 50 years of coupГ© tradition of the make, and indeed the Mercedes CoupГ©s have all for many decades hallmarks of a elegance combined with workmanship and perfectionism in automotive The new coupГ©, launched in autumn again sets class in technical refinement and safety, as we explain further on.

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When stepping the car, one is indeed impressed by the quality of workmanship and materials, the thought out layout of controls and the to creature comfort. Of course the feature will let you enter the car in a and start it only with a push on the starting knob, the adjustment memory immediately up your preferred driving The compact gear selector is and easy to use, and soon you find yourself quite with the car.

The number of and function levels may in the beginning somewhat bewildering, but soon you grasp its logic and grow to it.

Smooth power

The V8 engine of our car delivers 285 kW/388 hp and generates a torque of 530 Newton metres 2800 rpm. As such the developed engine is 26 pct more than the previous V8 unit, having 15 percent more Equipped with four-valve variably adjustable shifting a two-stage intake module and flaps in the intake ducts, the new V8 is very advanced.

Flooring the the engine and transmission vehemently the CL 500 from zero to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, 0,9 seconds faster the previous model. What is more impressive is the effortless and manner with which performances are achieved. When normally, the engine is almost at constant speeds, with a throb under acceleration.

The engine revs quite and eagerly when called as a modern thoroughbred engine The transmission, the 7-speed “G-Tronic harmonizes well with the and adapts beautifully to all driving The expertise and experience of the marque clearly here.

Of course one expect a car of such power and to be utterly frugal in dense traffic, and one should indeed the consumption to be around the 16 to 18 litres on 100 km, or miles per US gallon in these conditions. On country roads and smoothly, the consumption drops to a mere 8.5 litres or 27.6 per US gallon, and we achieved during our an average consumption of some litres or 18.8 miles to the US which is creditable indeed. The of the car is very impressive, enhanced further by the excellent road of this CoupГ©, as we further out.В В

Active body or the ABC of handling …

The standard specification in the CL 500 a host of technological innovations.

and foremost there is the Active Control (ABC) suspension which in its latest, even sophisticated guise delivers handling dynamics without ride comfort. Based on signals and using specially hydraulic cylinders at the axles, ABC eliminates the customary pitch and of the body that occur moving off, cornering and

It makes the car feel subjectively tout and nimble, as the ABC system with split-second speed to any At speeds above 60 km/h, ABC the car body by up to ten millimetres in the Sport to reduce drag and improve stability.

Another special feature of Body Control is its variable of body roll between the and rear axles according to speed, which combines handling with outstanding

Seeing the light…

Of course is safety conscious, and therefore a unique so called “Intelligent System”, which combines lighting functions, suited to driving and weather conditions. system forms part of the specification for the new CL-Class, together bi-xenon headlamps. There is a new so “country road mode” illuminates the driver’s-side edge of the more widely and brightly the existing low-beam headlamps.

The or Autobahn mode”, which on automatically when driving 90 km/h, delivers a uniform of light that illuminates the road width. In the centre of cone the driver is able to see 50 metres further. The enhanced fog are also new, and proved effective indeed on the wintery roads.

The active light and cornering light function, make the beam swivel and into the direction of the curve, are part of this Intelligent System. All this is very and making night driving effortless, which is so crucial as fatigue sets in imperceptably but all too in night-driving conditions. It again the unique expertise of the marque…

We also very impressed by the view assist” function infrared headlamps. With one of a switch, the speedometer display into an infra red screen, the contours of the road are clearly irrespective of the weather conditions. The remains readable on a narrow under the screen display.

Speed control by radar…

the test, we used extensively the control (the factory it “Tempomat”) with the variable limiter (“Speedtronic”). Intuitive and very easy to use with its control lever, the system is a gem which contributes to completely driving.

We just let the car do all the work, the radar in the radiator grille the road for us. It has a range of 150 metres, and data to the optional DISTRONIC proximity cruise control, which our test car was equipped.

The car is at the required distance from the car in and will only increase its when the (braking) distance the car in front is large enough. Of one has to set the speed in function of the general speed, otherwise the car will with too much vehemence and once it “sees” that the is clear. When the speed is set to the average, the way the system resumes to the set is very progressive indeed.

… and safety in automated brake and functions

The ingeniosity of this does not end here. It is also with an anticipatory occupant system that recognises a accident situation in its early and initiates appropriate occupant measures: this is the so-called system and comes as standard

During emergency braking or skidding is imminent, the system the passenger seat in such a that seat belts and can work with optimum on impact. It also inflates air in the dynamic multicontour seats in the CL 600), which envelop and the driver and front passenger. The system also closes the windows and the sunroof in critical where high lateral are generated.

This anticipatory protection is now further improved with the developed PRE-SAFE® Brake This operates in tandem Brake Assist PLUS “BAS PLUS”), which the driver of an imminent rear-end via visual and audible signals and calculates the required braking to prevent an accident. This support is available as soon as the pedal is operated.

If the driver not react to the “BAS PLUS” the PRE-SAFE® Brake system automatic partial braking an accident is imminent and slows the car using around 40 percent of the braking power.

Mercedes CL 500

The automatic braking provides the driver another clear warning to If the driver then immediately the brakes, the maximum braking is available and the accident can – on the situation – be averted at the moment. If an accident is unavoidable, the Brake system reduces the severity and, in turn, the of injury to the vehicle occupants.

As Brake Assist PLUS, the new Brake system also state-of-the-art radar technology to the situation in front of the car and detect a accident. Two short-range radar with a range of 30 metres and a angle of 80В° are located the front bumper fascia.

becomes child’s play…

The developed parking guidance also works on the basis of technology: the sensors measure the of a parking space when past and show on the cockpit whether there is sufficient to park. Once reverse is engaged, the display includes a representation of the parking manoeuvre; lines show the required angle and indicate the path the parking space… you will miss a beat!

Club ambiance…

Finally, we to say more than one word the true club atmosphere the of this car have created. inlays are rather discrete, but accents are somewhat more Also quality leather

Our test car was equipped with the “Passion” black leather, some 1.389 Euros but well worth it. The dashboard is laid out, although we prefer a two dial layout for and rev counter, classical car buffs as we Since the display is electronic, could easily be done in one instrument cluster, as the space has to also as a display for the infra red vision module.

It has been in earlier models… one has to remember the beautiful instrument cluster of the coupés!

But this is the only note we can make, as the ergonomy of all the is close to perfection, once you to use them for a short while. creature comfort is taken of, as the standard specification also dynamic multicontour seats massage function and seat the LOGIC7В® surround sound with DVD changer lets you Mahler to the full and your will not make you perspire at with also the automatic control reaching perfection.В  The navigation system COMAND APS sees to it that you get only away by the music, and not lose on the route. Note also a glass sliding sunroof is included in the standard equipment, so you can the stars while you are listening…   В

system: fewer switches for functions

A newly developed system, which has already successfully implemented in the S Class, driver-vehicle interaction even Its main advantage is that it convenient, rapid access to used functions such as the DVD player, car phone or navigation

Depending on the driver#39;s own preference, systems can be controlled using in the centre console, pressing a on the multifunction steering wheel or the COMAND controller on the centre This central control is linked to the large, pivoting colour display next to the cluster, providing access to the main and sub-menus that the various functions.

The standard climate control with independently adjustable temperature is also integrated into the new system. The driver and front can select temperature, air distribution and settings either using the controller and menu-based control, or by of an attractively styled switch beneath the air vents. The COMAND allows other individual settings to be adjusted, such as air and the footwell temperature, and we can tell it works!В

Conclusion: the way every car be?

We would answer yes to this money being no objection of The car translates the unique know how of Haus” to build quality which are benchmarks for the world to Of course, styling (and tastes may differ, but this exudes the attention of its designers and for timeless shapes and build so typical for the oldest car manufacturer in the car also bears witness to the culture of driving one experiences at the of these cars with the as Mercedes now emphasizes in a branding for its CLS, SLK and SL class. В В В

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