In a two-week period, Mercedes-Benz officially announced two new CLS-based production models. The CLS63 AMG was introduced and the company also talked about plans to build a wagon version inspired by the CLS "Shooting Brake" Concept displayed at the Beijing Motor Show.
In addition, it has been learned that there will be another CLS variant that would combine the two.
The CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake would make use of all the features of its sedan counterpart that make it go fast into the five-door model, which is slated to go into production in 2012.
As a result, the M157 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 is capable of delivering between 518 and 550hp and depending on the spec, it can offer up to 590 pound-feet of torque.
Mercedes-Benz has yet to confirm if the CLS Shooting Brake will be offered in the US but if the AMG version does eventually get produced, it isn’t expected to arrive before 2013. In addition, AMG execs said that diesel performance models from the in-house tuner aren’t likely to be offered anytime in the near future.
This is because AMG officials believe that there’s no need to develop high-performance diesels. They think that gasoline engines potentially could return just as much torque and fuel economy as their diesel counterparts. [via Autoblog]