Pricing for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG has just been revealed. For EUR115,846 (around $155,000), you can have your very own luxury supercar that can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. Consumers may also opt for the AMG Performance Package, which boosts the power from 525hp to 557hp.
And those who have even deeper pockets could enlist more awesome goodies for just EUR7,735 ($10,350). Of course, if you could afford to own one of these cars, it’s likely that you’re not too concerned about fuel costs.
But if you’re somewhat worried about this, don’t be. Mercedes has announced that this car’s fuel economy rating has been improved by about 32% compared to its predecessor. In particular, Mercedes claims that this car can offer 9.9 liters per 100 km (23.7 U mpg).
The CLS 63 AMG from Mercedes-Benz is the first even passenger car to make use of LED High Performance headlamps. Unlike the typical headlamps in most passenger cars, the CLS 63 AMG combines the different color elements available in LED technology with the energy efficiency, functionality, and performance of the bi-xenon lamps.
While this has been a standard in many models from the Mercedes-Benz brand, the new light system uses what is known as the Intelligent Light System. With a total of 71 LED lamps, the headlamps are able to underline the unique appearance of the new model.
Furthermore, the light specialists at Mercedes-Benz have also been able to use this same technology with its Adaptive Highbeam Assist which brings nighttime driving safety to a whole new level. Unlike the first vehicles that used LED headlamps, the performance and functionality of this lighting technology make it truly one of a kind.
An evidence of this is that an LED has an operating life of about 10,000 hours which is five times better compared to the usual xenon light. The lighting system is also able to approximate the light from the LED with the of the temperature color of daylight. As a result, it is able to keep up with the perception patterns of a normal human being.
This is very important as many studies have previously shown that the eyes experience less strain when the color of the artificial light is close to that of daylight. Just how close is it to daylight? Daylight has a color temperature of around 6500 K. The lighting system of the CLS 63 AMG measures around 5500 K which is indeed closer compared to xenon light which measures 4200 K.
This particular system is made possible through two light strips that have been integrated in the front apron of the AMG. The lighting system is further emphasized in the way that the CLS 63 AMG is designed. Looking at the CLS 63 AMG on its front will give one the feeling that it seems similar to the SLS AMG.
This is because the radiator grille of the CLS 63 AMG has horizontal slats that are wing-shaped. With its big Mercedes star, it looks all the more that its inspiration from the gullwing. The CLS 63 AMG however can be differentiated from other CLS versions through the unique bonnet and the wider mudguards with its “V8 BITURBO.”
Unlike other CLS variants, the CLS 63 AMG also has a front apron with a black cross member. That is just for the front part. For the rear portion, some features of the CLS 63 AMG include the spoiler lip that is placed on the boot lid and the diffuser insert. It also has the chrome dual-twin tailpipes on the exhaust system with an integrated foglamp that is also found in SLS AMG variants.
Finally, the body of the AMG is styled in a way that it matches the usual outline of the CLS. These are the long yet elegant proportions, shoulder line which is above the rear axle, and the lateral dropping line.