Its lines express elegance and dynamism while its high-tech innovations make driving safer and even more enjoyable – for the 2003 model year the successful Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Coupé once again sets new standards in the areas of design and technology. Featuring a subtly updated body, an even more exclusive interior and state-of-the-art technology, the latest […]
Mercedes-Benz Classe CL. Dopo aver segnalato l’anno modello 2003 dell’ammiraglia S, eccovi le foto e le prime informazioni della nuova CL che riprende praticamente tutte le innovazioni della berlinona tedesca. Non è difficile pensare che per entrarne in possesso sarà necessario staccare pesanti assegni...almeno 100.000 euro. Esteticamente, le maggiori novità giungono dai gruppi ottici anteriori e posteriori rivisti per renderla più grintosa, interessando gli stessi paraurti. Sul versante della meccanica registriamo la CL 600 spinta dal V12 biturbo di 5.5 litri, da 368 kW-500 CV con una coppia massima da 800 Nm. Le prestazioni sono adeguate al prestigio ed all’assegno richiesto e quindi il “transatlantico a due porte” scatta da 0 a 100 km/h in 4,8 secondi e dichiara una velocità massima di 250 orari (limitata elettronicamente, ma i tuner tedeschi sono già pronti per farla salire a quota 300!). Per i più “modesti, segnaliamo la CL 500 (equipaggiata con un V8 cinquemila da 306 CV) e dalla turbolenta 55 AMG con sovralimentazione volumetrica del suo V8 di 5.5 litri da 368 kW-500 CV. Quasi superfluo ricordare la ricca dote che include airbag laterali e frontali, l'Abc (Active body control) ed una lunga sfilza di congegni elettronici che assicurano una proverbiale sicurezza attiva e passiva.
Active Body Control: even more precise with automatic load compensation All engine variants of the CL-Class Coupé are equipped as standard with a land-mark in advanced automotive technology: Active Body Control (ABC). Developed by Mercedes-Benz, this unique system adjusts the suspension and damping settings to the current driving situation second by second and so reduces body movement - when accelerating, cornering or braking - to a minimum. Furthermore, the engineers in Sindelfingen have developed an additional system for the 2003 model-year CL-Class Coupé which constantly monitors the total weight of the vehicle. This information is taken into account in the calculations performed by the Active Body Control system. As a result, the handling is even more dynamic and is largely unaffected by the vehicle load. Safety: accident situation and passenger weight determine airbag deployment profile With safety features including a two-stage passenger airbag, windowbags and sidebags, seat belt tensioners and belt force limiters as well as automatic child-seat recognition, the CL-Coupé already represented the benchmark in the field of occupant protection in its category when it entered series production in autumn 1999. From the 2003 model year, Mercedes-Benz is extending the coupé's innovative safety equipment with the addition of two front-mounted satellite sensors which permit early detection of the severity of an accident and, as a result, the appropriate degree of inflation of the two-stage passenger airbag. Furthermore, the satellite sensors also allow the seat belt tensioners to be triggered at an even earlier stage, thereby ensuring optimum occupant restraint in an impact. Another new safety feature is the automatic weight classification of the passenger by means of a special measuring foil in the seat cushion. This ensures that the two-stage passenger airbag is triggered in accordance not only with the severity of the accident, but also with the weight of the passenger, too. Interior: stylishly enhanced details From autumn 2002 the exclusive interior of the CL-Class Coupé will benefit from enhancements to various details within the context of a sensitive update programme undertaken by Mercedes designers. The changes are clear as soon as one gets into the coupé. The centre console has attractively redesigned switches, while the size of the colour display (16:9 image format ) for the standard COMAND unit with its integral radio and CD player has been increased to 6.5 inches.
Its lines express elegance and dynamism while its high-tech innovations make driving safer and even more enjoyable – for the 2003 model year the successful Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Coupé once again sets new standards in the areas of design and technology. Featuring a subtly updated body, an even more exclusive interior and state-of-the-art technology, the latest version of this top coupé will be appearing in the showrooms of Mercedes-Benz branches and dealerships this autumn. The most striking features which characterise this superb coupé are the updated twin headlamp face with its clear-lens design and the restyled front bumper which gives the car an even more powerful presence. The housings of the exterior mir-rors have also been modified and now include exit lighting which switches on automatically to illuminate the area next to the vehicle when the doors are opened or when the remote-control central locking system is activated. This feature enhances passenger safety and comfort when getting in and out of the car. The elegant character of the coupé is further reinforced by the tail-lamps whose brilliance is enhanced by the redesigned glass covers. 368 kW/500 hp output takes the CL 600 from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds A newly developed twelve-cylinder biturbo engine puts the CL-Class Coupé in the same power category as thoroughbred sports cars. The V12 powerplant in the CL 600 generates 368 kW/500 hp and develops a maximum torque of 800 Newton-metres from 1800 rpm with a boost pressure of 1 bar. This means that this state-of-the-art 5.5 litre unit exceeds the power output of the previous Mercedes twelve-cylinder engine by some 36 percent while its torque figure is a remarkable 51 percent higher. With all this power under the bonnet, the CL 600 accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds (predecessor: 6.1 seconds). The maximum speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. In addition to its biturbo system, the new V12 boasts an impressive array of technological innovations including a special low-temperature circuit with two water-cooled charge-air coolers, three valves per cylinder as well as AC dual ignition with continuous ionic current diagnosis for optimum ignition functionality. Thanks to its state-of-the-art engine technology and the effective emission control system featuring two catalytic converters mounted on the firewall, the new Mercedes twelve-cylinder engine already meets the strict EU 4 emission standard which comes into force in 2005. The fuel consumption of the CL 600 is 14.7 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined). CL 55 AMG: top sports performance from new supercharged V8 engine From autumn 2002, the CL 55 AMG high-performance Coupé will be powered by the mighty 5.5 litre supercharged V8 unit developed by Mercedes-AMG. This engine also has an output of 368 kW/500 hp and accelerates the coupé from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds thanks to its 700 Newtonmetres of torque (from 2750 rpm). A five-speed automatic transmission with racing-style steering-wheel shift controls completes the total sporting experience aboard the new CL 55 AMG. The 225 kW/306 hp V8 engine for the CL 500 remains unchanged.