Mercedes-Benz unveils CL‑Class Grand Edition

Article by Anita Panait, on March 2, 2012

Mercedes-Benz is releasing the CL‑Class Grand Edition in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the S-Class Coupé. The Grand Edition features exclusive designo paintwork, high-quality designo leather appointments as well as sporty 20-inch wheels. The Grand Edition also features AMG bodystyling elements, which gave it a unique sporty touch, and a special badge that signifies the exclusive nature of this anniversary edition of the S-Class luxury coupé.

To further accentuate the exclusive, hand-finished chap of the CL‑Class, Mercedes-Benz has endowed the Grand Edition with some of the excellent features of the gorgeous designo range. Buyers can select from three designo paint finishes: platinum black metallic, mocha black metallic and magno cashmere white.

By equipping the AMG Sports package, which includes dynamic front and rear aprons and distinctive side sill panels, to the CL‑Class Grand Edition, Mercedes was able to bestow a sporty look to the car.  Add to that the 20-inch light-alloy wheels available in two options: five-spoke or filigree 10-spoke designs.  Mercedes also gave the car a Grand Edition badge, which signifies the CL Coupé's exclusive-edition status.

Endowed with exclusive exterior looks, the CL-Class Grand Edition also sports an interior worthy of the grandiose the special edition carries.

The interior features elegantly handcrafted, high-quality aniline leather, available in three fabulous colors to choose from: designo aniline leather armagnac, designo aniline leather deep black and designo aniline leather porcelain.  Mercedes-Benz also made available the full range of CL trim finishes, which includes black ash and high-gloss burr walnut.

The CL-Class Grand Edition is also offered with various engine options. One could avail of the 4.6 liter CL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY which features a V8 biturbo and a spray-guided direct injection system.

The engine delivers 320 kW (435 hp) of power and 700 newton meters of torque.  It is also one of the most fuel efficient engine in the luxury coupé segment, at 9.5 l/100 km combined (224 g/km CO2). One may also opt for the top-of-the-range 5.5 liter CL 600 with that provides 380 kW (517 hp) of power out of 12-cylinder biturbo.

The package is available for a premium of EUR4850 (exclusive of VAT) over the standard price for both the CL500 and CL600. One could avail of the designo magno paintwork is priced by shelling out an additional EUR1500.

The latest CL-Class to come from Mercedes-Benz brings with it a drivetrain that sets new standards. Powering the CL550 4MATIC is the biturbo V8 engine that is equipped with the brand’s very own BlueDIRECT technology to give it that excellent power. With eight cylinders and a displacement of 4,663 cc, the engine is able to deliver 429 hp of power.

When compared to the generation before it which has 382 hp of output, the new CL550 4MATIC has a power that is 12% greater even if displacement is lower by 0.8 liters. The improved performance was not only focused on the output as the brand raised the torque as well.

While the previous version had a torque of 391 lb.-ft., the new generation comes with torque at 516 lb.-ft., this signifies a 32% increase. Thus acceleration form 0 to 60 mph is possible in 4.9 seconds which in the prior generation took 5.4 seconds. Fuel economy is better by as much as 10% to 15% with CO2 emissions improved as well by 23%.

To put it simply, the new CL550 4MATIC not only shows better agility compared to the prior version but it also offers more torque and delivers better fuel economy. Design is distinct as well with the CL550 4MATIC’s exterior showing that it is mainly defined by certain features like how the headlamps are curved, the radiator in a V-shape, and the hood’s tight profile.

These different features may initially appear to be subtle but manages to highlight the powerful but elegant lines of this model. On the front section, the bumper sports a new design where there are three air intakes and are then highlighted with a chrome trim strip that is made more pronounced.

The daytime running lights have a chrome surround that has a LED strip. For this part, the brand made sure that it would be integrated in an elegant manner to the opening on the side to allow for cooling air on the brakes.

Fitted as standard in the headlamps are the bi-xenon lights and with the active curve illumination and combined with the Adaptive Highbeam Assist, give this section one of the best illuminations there is. Completing the design of the front are the position marker lamps and turn indicators which utilize LED. Meanwhile for the rear end, the defining feature is the tail lamps that display a new design.

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