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A relatively young model in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the CL-Class debuted for the U.S. market in 1997. Its roots date back, however, to the 1980 release of the 500 SEC, the coupe version of the S-Class. As the CL-Class enters its 16th year of production in 2013, rumors circulate that it will be replaced by an S-Class Coupe as early as 2015. Coming into 2013, the CL-Class is unchanged from 2012.
The CL600 features a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine that pumps out a supercar-like 510 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque. The engine mates with a five-speed automatic transmission you can shift with paddles on the steering wheel. The massive coupe charges to 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds while guzzling a gallon of fuel every 12 miles in the city and 18 miles on the highway.
Other than its steep $160,000 price tag, finding flaws with the CL600 is like trying to find flaws in a supermodel: They're there, but why not focus on beauty rather than imperfections?
The 2013 CL600 comes with nearly every feature anyone could want from a luxury coupe: bi-xenon lighting with Active Curve Illumination; LED daytime running lights and taillights; 19-inch multi-spoke wheels; a sunroof; rain-sensing wipers; a multifunction heated steering wheel with wood and leather trimming; ambient lighting; semi-aniline leather seats with heat and ventilation; 12-way power front seats; and a Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 sound system with 15 speakers, a 7.2 GB hard drive, hard-drive-based navigation and AM/FM/CD/XM Satellite capabilities.
Stunning body, surprisingly good mpg from V8 and 4.2 seconds to 60 mph, but slightly more money
Much cheaper, beautiful body, aggressive looks and luxury in one package, but underpowered and slower
Absolutely stunning, quick to 60 mph and decent mpg, but super-high price and tiny rear seats
Much lower price and 4.2 seconds to 60 mph, but outclassed by the CL600 and more sport than luxury