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.