3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL550

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MPG 15 City / 24 Highway
Pros
  • Powerful engine options
  • Smooth acceleration
  • Confident brake pedal feel
  • Sporty and luxurious look
Cons
  • Cabin somewhat cramped
  • Poor fuel economy
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A nearly perfect performance-oriented luxury coupe, the CL550 comes at a steep price.

Introduction

Prior to the 1998 model year, the CL-Class Coupe was simply a two-door model known as the S-Class Coupe. And as we venture into 2013, rumors swirl that the CL-Class will once again merge with the S-Class. But, for this year at least, it remains as a standalone model.

With the prospect of a replacement on the horizon, the 2013 CL550 carries over unchanged from the 2012 model year. Its has a base price around $115,000, and its sticker price climbs upward with option packages costing no less than $3,490. Fortunately, though, you get what you pay for.

Under the hood, a 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged V8 pounds out 429 horsepower. This power travels through a seven-speed automatic transmission, then out to all four wheels via Mercedes-Benz's 4MATIC al-wheel-drive system. This driveline nets the CL550 a respectable 15 mpg city and 24 mpg highway and -- more impressively -- a searing 4.8-second sprint to 60 mph.

The CL-Class has long been known as an ideal driver-oriented combination of luxury and sport. So, on top of its stellar performance, Mercedes-Benz tosses in lots of luxurious features like premium leather upholstery, a Harmon/Kardon LOGIC 7 15-speaker audio system, 12-way power seats and much more. It may not be the fastest performance coupe on the market, but is certainly the best at making you feel comfortable while screaming down the road.

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