Video: 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake shows up

Article by Christian A., on July 3, 2012

A video of Mercedes’ 2013 CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake has been released online, giving consumers an idea of how the car will appear before it is introduced this September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. The Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, or the AMG version in particular, is proof that a station wagon can be extremely attractive.

It would also be advisable that consumers opt for the performance variant since it’s just too good to pass up. The newest station wagon has a generous array of features. It has a cherry-wood deck in the rear and its interior is lavishly styled (as could be expected from any Mercedes unit).

Its exterior is also well done as its utilitarian shape has been minimized. US fans are expected to be more than a little upset that this model would only be available in Europe.

This vehicle is powered by Mercedes’ throaty 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 that can deliver 525 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Choosing the performance package increases this output to 550 hp and 590 lb-ft.

The AMG version offers improved handling due to its adaptive suspension dampening system, a custom front axle arrangement and electro-hydraulic steering that are designed for the high-end version.

There are three driving modes available. It is also offered with the AMG SpeedShift seven-speed automatic -- sport, manual, and controlled efficiency. This last option softens the throttle and uses an engine start/stop system to boost fuel efficiency.

Every CLS63 AMG model includes the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension that has an electronically navigated damping system, air spring function at the back, and steel suspension at the front. Trademark features of the AMG such as more negative camber on the two axles and track broadened by 24 mm at the front give an improved road feel and more stability when cutting corners on high speeds.

The CLS63 AMG and S-Model with all-wheel drive are installed with an enhanced 3-link front suspension that has axle parts made of aluminum. The driver gets an advantage because of more agility and grip and also via the improved handling features on fast bends. The performance-focused elastokinematics is intended specifically for the S-Model, and gives the driver better grip and feedback at crucial moments.

The AMG top-performance braking system is suited well to the high-power output. The CLS63 AMG includes perforated and ventilated brake discs with big proportions of 360-millimeters both at the back and at the front. An AMG ceramic top-performance composite braking system is specifically built for the S-Model as a customized feature - noticeable by the even bigger 402-millimeter brake discs seen at the front and the Carbon Ceramic badge on callipers showing a special finish.

Interior: improved to maximize quality

Inside the overhauled CLS63 AMG is a new AMG sleek steering wheel that comes with shift paddles plus a silver chrome lower metal insert complete with AMG lettering. It overshadows the high quality of the interior. Also new is the head unit containing a free-standing color display that has a 20.3 cm monitor diagonal (8"), that aids define the dashboard's modern appearance. The huge monitor belongs to the brand new multimedia system.

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