Mercedes Benz CL 500

16 Nov 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Mercedes Benz CL 500

Also consider: Continental GT, BMW M6

Overall rating:

Engine/Drivetrain/Chassis: 4.0/5.0

Price, and Practicality: 3.5/5.0


Behind the wheel: 4.0/5.0


The CL is, even by Mercedes-Benz’s very much a niche According to the official VFACTS figures, to the end of July, the German had sold just 68 CL models out of a of nearly 10,500 cars Under making it the smallest in the entire Mercedes lineup.

And it’s no great surprise given that the cheapest the 5.5-litre V8 CL 500 that the Carsales drove, starts at over This is a car that is truly in a class with very appeal.

Based on the large sedan platform, the CL is a two-door that seats just giving the big Benz some … appeal. From the its sleek and long low lines of a very strong performance and when you throw in the optional AMG kit and wheels that were to our test car, it has an even aggressive, purposeful and sporty about it.

But you pay for that look the cost of the skirts, spoilers and alloys adding the cost of a hatchback (the whole to the ‘as tested’ price of the CL.

Open the long doors and into the leather-trimmed heated and driver’s seat and you do, however, get a for the sort of luxury that money can buy. Everything is from the comfortable and supportive to the automatic latching of the doors, interior appointments want for with a fully automatic control system, Harman audio system, six-stack unit, voice activated and keyless entry among the that make life a more comfortable and convenient for the

It’s all beautifully finished and well screwed together over some rougher on our test drive that in a loop from Melbourne to in Victoria, the car developed a very and constant squeak around the binnacle.

There is an abundance of room for seat passengers and although into the rear outboard is relatively easy, once headroom was just adequate and — for a car that stretches to 5m — was surprisingly tight for 175cm tester.

Mercedes CL 500

Hitting the button fires the big V8 into with a menacing growl via the quad tailpipes. Maximum are listed at 285kW and a more healthy 530Nm of torque and all it is a decent stomp on the accelerator for the forward thrust to force body into the seat

Benz claims a 0-100km/h is possible in just 5.4sec and it more than possible. The of the power to the rear wheels is smooth and refined with the auto box seemingly never for the right ratio.

While the acceleration off the line is no strong, it is the midrange grunt truly impresses with a blip of the throttle resulting in an shift down and more enough urge immediately on tap to from cruising speeds.

the car featuring Active Body that automatically adjusts settings within three selectable modes of Sport, and Comfort, the ride quality is regardless of the surface. With the set to Comfort there is little to of occasional short sharp and a delightful degree of suppleness and that sees the kilometres with ease.

And as comfortable and competent as the CL 500 is in the cruising it is also equally adept at and mastering a winding country

Drop the suspension into mode to firm and lower (by the suspension and you have a car that as well as it rides.

Shift can be made manually via the steering paddles and with the transmission down to second and third and the spinning in the hugely strong and midrange, you can push the big CL hard a corner and it simply hunkers and pushes itself through extremely flat and solid on the

At just on 2000kg, the CL is no lightweight but is the balance of the chassis and clever of the body control unit you can change directions at speed and the car faithfully maintain your line. There is enormous from the wide, low-profile and the steering, while pleasantly at suburban speeds, weighs up for an enthusiastic drive with of feel and feedback.

On the road, the CL feels every bit the machine that its imposing suggest. It’s a car that makes a statement whether in the or on the road. But you do pay for that statement — through some in practicality as well as your

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