Jeremy Clarkson Mercedes CL600 review | NO SPEED LIMIT

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Mercedes CL 600

Jeremy Clarkson Mercedes review

When you go to buy a new car, you be greeted by a salesman who has a ghastly and an unusual haircut. He will by indulging in a spot of reflexive-pronoun and then he will offer a list of juicy options will enhance your pleasure.

It#8217;s delicious running down the possibilities, what sort of satellite you will need, whether the expense of 20in wheels is it, and exactly what sort of cow like to have … to the seats.

Eventually you will balanced your natural to splash out with the needs of family to eat, and you#8217;ll the salesman with the completed But frankly, you may as well give him a box of for all the good it does.

#8220;Yes,#8221; say, #8220;it is possible to the car you want, in the colour you#8217;ve with seats covered in the of a cow called Brian. But not this Or next.

#8220;However, if your self can#8217;t wait long, myself happens to a car in stock, which is similar to the one ordered. except for the size of the the sort of fuel it runs on, the that it has no sat nav, has an automatic and it#8217;s pink.#8221;

Naturally, you will leap at the because you are all excited, which you will spend the next years driving round in close to what you wanted. is another way of saying #8220;something you want at all#8221;.

No, really. a blue diesel estate you wanted a grey petrol is the same as booking a holiday in the Republic. And then going to because the flight leaves 10 earlier.

It#8217;s like in love with a house and buying the one next door.

love, at this point, to lay car makers, telling them to up their ideas, but sadly no point. Let#8217;s take as an example. Currently they can you a massive range of cars, of which is available with a of trim levels and engine

I#8217;ve done a quick count and, amazingly, local Mercedes dealer is to offer around 300 different

And now it gets tricky because, on each of those models is in a choice of 10 colours. So now it#8217;s models, and that#8217;s before you get to the of the interior trim.

Mercedes is mean-spirited in this respect, and you#8217;ve chosen a colour for the you only get about five for the colour of the seats and carpets. so, that means we#8217;re now up to different models, each of is available as a manual or an automatic. So 30,000 then, and each of is available with probably 50 options.

The result is that is able to offer you 1.5 million permutations of one car.

Not that ago Mercedes announced they going to extend their of saloons and estates to #8220;make for everyone#8221;. I didn#8217;t realise at the that they were Germanically literal. They make 1.5m cars and no two be the same. Which is why, afraid, it takes an age for you to choose the model.

And even longer to get it painted and specced to your requirements.

I can#8217;t speed up the Stuttgart lines, but happily I can at least you through the maze that is the So here goes. What you do is buy a Mercedes-Benz CL with a black

The CL is a coupé version of the S-class and not be confused with the CLK, is a two-door version of the old C-class, or the which is a cut-down amalgamation of the and the S-class.

Because it is a two-door version of the S-class, the CL is meant to be and comfortable. It is also fitted a Rolls-Royce-style column-operated gearshifter, gives you the relaxing options of forwards or parked. And because of all pillowy smoothness and mattress it wouldn#8217;t really suit magnificent but shouty 6.2 litre V8

And nor should you go for the entry-level V8, because says a man has failed in life so well as a 500 badge on the back of his Apart, perhaps, from a Boxster. This is Premium spec; it signifies you are clinging to at the golf club by a mere

So, you cannot have a V8, which it must be a V12. It#8217;d be I#8217;m sure, to go for the 65, the most engine in the world until came along with the It has so many torques you can light up the tyres so violently, they actually dig holes in the road. I this because I#8217;ve it.

The power is stratospheric, atomic, and if honest a bit idiotic.

That you with the normal 600, a 5.5 twin-turbo 12-pot that exactly the same amount of as the crowd at a five-day cricket #8211; ie, none at all. actually, not none exactly. If you very, very hard you can hear it snoring. And that it#8217;s ideally suited to the suspension and the waftmatic gearshifter.

it is like lying in a vat of baby dreaming that you can fly.

you put your foot down. still no noise, and that#8217;s because suddenly the view out of the has gone all bonkers and you are overtaking aircraft. It is properly fast, the CL

Even though it weighs 2.1 it will get you from 0 to 60mph, in just 4.5sec.

Being in this is like being by a ghost. You sense a blur and you the air move. But that#8217;s it.

I absolutely driving this car. It was a new #8211; power without #8211; but the thing I loved of all was the way it looked.

. oh my God, it#8217;s The balance, the flared wheelarches and the Holy cow. This has the nose on any car ever made.

Mercedes CL 600

It not, however, have the ride. Naturally, it has air suspension, not air suspension works better coils and springs and dampers but it allows the computer geeks in underground design bunkers to about with their making it move the car about as the and driving style change.

In it#8217;s brilliant. In practice, it work. And it really didn#8217;t in the CL I drove.

It felt, sometimes, I was on a water bed and I simply don#8217;t it#8217;s supposed to be that I honestly think there was a fault in the system. And that#8217;s because it means I can ring with a perfect excuse to another 600 CL for a week.

Or two, just to be sure.

Well, the 600 CL costs £107,097, is known in banking circles as a great deal of money. It the CL in the same 2+2 marketplace as the Bentley as well as offerings from Aston Martin and Maserati.

As a the three-pointed star sits this lot like a branch of Spencer on Bond Street. But the fact of the matter is this. As a it beats all of them. By a country

Vital statistics

Model CL 600

Engine 5513cc, 12 cylinders

517bhp @ 5000rpm

Torque 612 lb ft @

Transmission Five-speed automatic


Acceleration 0-62mph:

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