Daimler debuts the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Facelift

Article by Christian A., on June 18, 2014

Earlier today Mercedes-Benz revealed the 2015 CLS Facelift but we didn’t tell you anything about the CLS63 AMG Facelift. This model comes with the same 5.5-liter AMG V8 biturbo engine that generates 557 hp (410 kW) and 720 Nm of torque. Despite these numbers, the CLS 63 AMG needs only 9.9 liters of petrol for 100 km, while CO2 emissions are 231 grams per km.

The CLS 63 AMG S-Model comes with the same engine that delivers 585 hp (430 kW) and 800 Nm of torque. When equipped with the AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive, fuel consumption increases to 10.6 l of fuel per 100 km, while CO2 emissions are 248 g/km.

Still, both models meet the second stage of the EU6 emissions standards. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Facelift accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds, while the Shooting Brake version is 0.1 seconds slower. When using the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, the CLS 63 AMG zooms from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, while the Shooting Brake needs 3.8 seconds.

The all-wheel drive 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG S-Model sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.6 seconds, while the Shooting Brake variant is again 0.1 seconds slower. All versions have a top speed electronically limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph.

Regarding the design, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Facelift comes with a redesigned front bumper that features bigger air inlets, redesigned headlights that are available as an option with the Multibeam LED technology and new taillights.

The interior was also updated with a new, free-standing 8-inch display and with a redesigned steering wheel.

Exterior Design

The AMG series from Mercedes-Benz has two design features located on its front section that sets it apart from other brands. Considered as the hallmark design of the AMG, these same features are now in the CLS63 AMG, making it immediately recognizable.

The first is the silver chrome "Twin blade" radiator grille that also has the AMG lettering in between its louvres. The second is the "A-Wing" three-dimensional air-ducting element that covers the whole width of the AMG’s front apron and also the stylized "A" displayed that is a trademark of the AMG.

The "A-Wing" has been painted with the color as the body and has a trim strip in silver chrome. The "A-Wing" is also what provides the framework of the three large and different intake air apertures, bringing back memories of motorsport.

The black flics located on the side of these air intakes enable the air flow to the cooling modules to be optimized. The CLS63 AMG’s front section, when combined with the standard-fit MULTIBEAM LED headlamps, signifies the performance and pure dynamism of the car.

Mercedes-Benz CLS models though are now easier to differentiate with the powerful flagship AMG V8 models. Unlike the CLS, the AMG V8, when viewed from its side shows the distinctive and flared wings with the V8 BITURBO lettering conveying proof of the model’s superior engine output.

Moreover, the rear portion of the CLS63 AMG is also striking, especially with its visual air outlets, side, and of course the black diffuser insert that has the pronounced fins, giving the car a commanding racetrack touch. The exhaust system of the AMG Sport is also distinctive with two twin tailpipe chromed trims that give it a visual and acoustic highlight.

It also has alloy triple-spoke wheels that perfectly fill the wheel arches. The front carries tires with size 255/35 R 19 on 9.0 x 19 wheels while the rear has 10 x 19 wheels with 285/30 R 19 tires.

Not to be outdone, the S-Models display even more eye-catching features like the alloy 10-spoke wheels that are matt titanium grey in color with high-sheen rim flange. S-Model also has the A-Wing but in high-gloss black, silver-chromed side sill panel inserts, and brake callipers in red. The S-Models also have the AMG logo on its boot lid but it is contrasted with the black "S".

Interior Design

While the exterior quickly catches one’s attention, the interior of the CLS63 AMG is something to be excited about as well. The interior has the AMG performance steering wheel that has a lower metal insert and shift paddles in silver chrome with the AMG lettering.

This gives more emphasis to the high quality of the interior. The head unit has a free-standing color display that uses 20.3 cm or 8-inch screen giving the dashboard a more contemporary look. The screen is of course, part of the new multimedia generation vehicles.

The CLS63 AMG S-Models have long been differentiated from other models through its striking details. For example, if the black interior is selected, it is only the S-Models that will have contrasting grey stitching on these parts: the center console, armrest on the doors, sports seats, and door center panels.

In addition, with the black interior, the seats will be fitted with silver seat belts. The steering wheel meanwhile will be in black nappa leather and has a flattened bottom section where the grip areas are in grey and Alcantara® contrasting topstitching.

Exclusive to the S-Models are also the embossed AMG emblems that decorate the front head restraints placed on the sports seat. The instrument cluster is unique as well with "S AMG" logo in red highlights on the 320-km/h speedometer. Rounding off these exclusive features are the white illuminated floor mats and door panel.

Press Release

Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Facelift

The four-door CLS63 AMG Coupé and Shooting Brake are now even sportier and more attractive. Visually both AMG high-performance models look more dominant and athletic than before. The equipment for the CLS63 AMG, which produces up to 430 kW (585 hp), is now more exclusive and boasts higher quality thanks to the facelift. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission now responds even faster.

The new design brings to life the extraordinary technology in the CLS63 AMG. A total of five model variants are available, all consummately tailored to discerning customers that appreciate unmatched performance.

From zero to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds

Accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, the CLS63 AMG S-Model leaves all the competitors behind. Performance on a par with a sports car and superlative emotive appeal are combined with hallmark Mercedes everyday practicality, space for up to five passengers, and a large, variable luggage compartment. The S-Models come as standard with performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive; 4MATIC is available as an option for the other variants.

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: "The CLS63 AMG in its Coupé and Shooting Brake guise is now even more dynamic, and the new design makes it more striking. With a power output of up to 430 kW (585 hp) and AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the CLS63 AMG takes pole position in the driving dynamics stakes."

Twin blade and A‑Wing as hallmark AMG design features

Twin blade and A‑Wing are the names of the striking, hallmark AMG design features on the front section, which now also make the CLS63 AMG instantly recognisable. The "Twin blade" radiator grille in silver chrome comes with characteristic AMG lettering between the louvres. This three-dimensional "A-Wing" air-ducting element spans the entire width of the front apron and displays the stylised "A" that is a hallmark of AMG vehicles.

The "A-Wing" painted in the body colour with silver chrome trim strip provides the framework for the three large intake air apertures - rekindling memories of motorsport. Black flics on the side air intakes optimise the flow of air to the cooling modules.

In combination with the new, futuristic, standard-fit MULTIBEAM LED headlamps, the front section of the CLS63 AMG symbolises pure dynamism and performance. The powerful AMG V8 flagship models are also now more visually differentiated from the other CLS models. Viewed from the side, the distinctive, flared wings catch the eye; V8 BITURBO lettering bears testimony to the superior engine output.

The rear section also leaves its lasting mark: side, visual air outlets and the black diffuser insert with pronounced fins lend the CLS63 AMG a powerful racetrack touch.

The AMG Sport exhaust system with two chromed twin tailpipe trims provides an acoustic and visual highlight. AMG triple-spoke alloy wheels fill the wheel arches to perfection. Size 255/35 R 19 tyres on 9.0 x 19 wheels are fitted to the front, while the rear comes with 285/30 R 19 tyres on 10 x 19 wheels.

S-Models with even more striking design

The powerful S-Models feature an even more striking design: features include exclusive 10-spoke alloy wheels, painted in matt titanium grey with high-sheen rim flange. Other hallmark S-Model distinguishing features include the A-Wing in high-gloss black, side sill panel inserts in silver chrome, red-painted brake callipers and the AMG logo on the boot lid with contrasting black "S".

Even more individuality ex-factory

Three new packages are now available for the CLS63 AMG. Customers therefore have even more choice when it comes to fulfilling their personal preferences:

AMG Night package (A-Wing on the front apron with trim strip, side sill panel inserts, exterior mirror housings and window frames in high-gloss black, from 12/2014: privacy glazing)
AMG Carbon-Fibre package I (A-wing on the front apron, side sill panel inserts and diffuser insert on the rear apron in carbon fibre)
AMG Carbon-Fibre package II (exterior mirror housings and AMG spoiler lip on Coupé in carbon fibre)
New lightweight, forged AMG alloy wheels are also available as an option. The wheels in the attractive cross-spoke design and central-locking look are available in titanium grey/high-sheen or matt black with high-sheen rim flange.

Maximum performance and efficiency: the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine

410 kW (557 hp) to 430 kW (585 hp) and 720 to 800 Nm - the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine ranks among the world's most efficient series-production eight-cylinder engines when it comes to peak output, torque and fuel consumption. The CLS63 AMG with 410 kW (557 hp) and rear-wheel drive consumes 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined; 231 grams CO2 per kilometre). The variant with 410 kW and performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive and the S-Model with 430 kW (585 hp) and all-wheel drive come in only slightly above at 10.4 to 10.6 litres per 100 km (243 grams to 248 grams CO2/km). All CLS63 AMG models already meet the second stage of the EU6 emissions standard.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission responds even faster

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission is the ideal partner for the powerful V8 biturbo engine. Equipped with the four drive modes "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport plus) and "M" (Manual), the ECO start/stop function and RACE START, the power transmission offers the ultimate in variability and tailor-made dynamism.

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission now offers even faster response times: a manual up- or downshift - initiated by the driver on the steering-wheel gearshift paddle - is completed even more immediately than ever before. Particularly in the "S+" and "M" shift modes the power transmission now responds much faster. The tangible driving dynamics are thus enhanced further. This increased immediacy was made possible by optimising the transmission hardware and software. The aluminium shift paddles on the new AMG performance steering wheel can transfer the driver's manual gearshift instructions even faster than before.

AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive standard on the S-Model

Performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive - standard on the CLS63 AMG S-Models and as an option for the remaining variants - distributes the engine torque to send 33 percent to the front axle and 67 percent to the rear axle. The rear-biased power distribution provides for the signature AMG high driving dynamics and superlative driving enjoyment. The 3-stage ESP® is specially tuned to the permanent all-wheel drive. In "SPORT Handling" mode and with "ESP OFF" the ESP® Dynamic Cornering Assist applies the brakes to selected wheels to promote high agility: while cornering, targeted short braking intervention at the inside rear wheel helps the vehicle to corner with precision. This prevents irritating understeer when turning into bends.

Mercedes-AMG goes even one step further on the CLS63 AMG S-Model. In keeping with its "Driving Performance" brand claim, a limited-slip rear differential is fitted on the rear axle. The result is a further increase in traction that provides even better driving dynamics and more driving pleasure, in particular on the racetrack.

Suspension and braking system for high agility and dynamism

All CLS63 AMG models come with the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping system, steel suspension at the front and air spring system at the rear. Hallmark AMG features including more negative camber on both axles and track widened by 24 millimetres at the front provide more stability at high cornering speeds and better road feel. The S-Model and the CLS63 AMG with all-wheel drive are fitted with an optimised 3-link front suspension including axle components made of aluminium. The driver benefits from both more grip and agility as well as decidedly neutral handling characteristics on fast bends. The markedly more performance-oriented elastokinematics are exclusive to the S-Model, and offer the driver even better feedback and grip at the critical limits.

The AMG high-performance braking system is perfectly matched to the high power output. The CLS63 AMG comes with internally ventilated and perforated brake discs with their generous 360-millimetre dimensions front and rear. An AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system is exclusively available for the S-Model as an optional feature - recognisable by the even larger 402-millimetre brake discs at the front and the AMG Carbon Ceramic logo on callipers sporting a special paint finish.

Interior: quality taken to new heights

In the interior the facelifted CLS63 AMG boasts a new AMG performance steering wheel including shift paddles and lower metal insert in silver chrome with AMG lettering. It visibly underscores the interior's high quality. Equally new is the free-standing colour display in the head unit with a 20.3 cm screen diagonal (8"), which helps define the dashboard's contemporary looks. The large screen is part of the all-new multimedia generation.

As in the past, the CLS63 AMG S-Models are differentiated from the other variants with striking details: for instance, only the S-Model has grey contrasting topstitching on the AMG sports seats, the door centre panels, the armrests on the doors and the centre console if black interior appointments are specified. Silver seat belts are also fitted in conjunction with a black interior. The AMG performance steering wheel in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section comes with grip areas in Alcantara® and grey contrasting topstitching. Exclusive, embossed AMG emblems adorn the front head restraints on the AMG sports seats. The AMG instrument cluster features an "S AMG" logo in the 320-km/h speedometer and red highlights. White illuminated AMG door sill panels and AMG floor mats round off the exclusive appointments.

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