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?