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2012 Mercedes CL-Class CL6 3 AMG

2012 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Review

(0 Stars)  Big car, big performance, big bucks.

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Overview
The Mercedes-Benz CL is a supercoupe. It offers super handling, super acceleration, and super luxury all in one package. The CL's unique pillarless side glass gives an uninterrupted look into an exquisite interior. The front seats are both heated and ventilated and offer massage capability, while the sport seats in the AMG models feature active side bolsters that enlarge when the car is turning to enhance lateral support. By our measure, the entry-model CL550 is only for those who will drive their CL year-round in snowy climes--it is the only CL model with all-wheel drive. The CL we'd own is the eight-cylinder CL63 AMG from Mercedes' performance division. Last year, AMG's signature 6.2-liter V-8 was replaced by a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 good for 536 hp. Opt for the AMG performance package, though, and power rises to 563 hp as torque jumps 74 lb-ft to a total of 664 lb-ft. The output boost is enough for the CL63 to match the 0-to-60-mph time of the CL65 AMG at 4.3 seconds. For customers who demand the ultimate in prestige, Mercedes offers not one but two smooth-spinning V-12 engines. It's worth noting that a top-spec CL sits in Bentley and Maserati territory when it comes to price, but we can't think of a compelling argument to choose either of those cars over the Merc. The CL's handling is remarkable, especially given its size--and even the base V-8 engine is powerful enough for the CL to keep up with sports cars on winding back roads.

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2012 CL6 3 AMG Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 5.5L V 8 DOHC with variable valve timing and four valves per cylinder
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 15 MPG city, 22 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 428 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
23.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 536 hp @ 5,500 rpm; 590 ft lb of torque @ 2,000 rpm

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'12 Mercedes CL6 3 AMG Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Rear Sunshade
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Knee Air Bag
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Rear Side Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Front Ventilated Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Massaging Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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DVD Entertainment
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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