The station wagon’s sleek appearance will come to no surprise to those following the news, not only because the CLS Shooting Brake is based on the 2010 concept model of the same name, but also due to the fact that over past few months, we’ve caught countless spy shots of the production prototypes while testing in Europe.
The German language edition of Autoblog.com that posted these pictures, says that the CLS Shooting Brake will launch with an initial lineup of four models.
These include two diesels, the CLS 250 CDI with a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbo rated at 201hp (204PS) and the CLS 350 CDI powered by a 3.0-liter V6 delivering 261hp (265PS), and two petrol models, the CLS 350 with a 302hp (306PS) 3.5-liter V6 and the CLS 500 sporting a 4.7-liter V8 turbo producing 402hp (408PS).
A CLS 63 AMG version of the Shooting Brake series equipped with a 5.5-liter bi-turbocharged V8 rated at 530bhp (537PS) in standard trim will follow within the next year or so.
David Coulthard catches 178mph golf ball in Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Watch Formula 1™ legend David Coulthard and pro-golfer Jake Shepherd set a new world record - farthest golf shot caught in a moving car - with the help of the Mercedes—Benz SLS AMG Roadster. The car caught the ball 275 metres away from the tee.
This stunt was verified by Guinness World Records.
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Matt Special Editions (Only for Japan)
The German automaker is trying to tempt Japanese buyers to opt for the current model with the presentation of a new special edition version named “Matt”.
To be more precise, there are three SLS AMG Matt editions including a matte black Roadster with red accents throughout the exterior and a red and black two-tone interior. This model is priced at 30 million Yen (US$379,000 / €303,500).
The other two “Matt” editions are based on the Roadster and the Coupe and feature a matte black exterior paintwork with matte black and white accents on the grille, alloy wheels, mirrors, fuel cap and fins, and a matching color interior.
The SLS AMG Coupe Matt in white costs 29 million Yen (US$366,400 / €293,500), while its Roadster sibling, 30 million Yen (US$379,000 / €303,500).
Regardless of the exterior and interior colors, all Matt editions get the same standard specification including the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, leather and Alcantara steering wheel, 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inch wheels at the back, and bespoke floor mats.
German Special Customs 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG
It all starts with the a power kit for the 5.5-liter V8 engine that includes bigger turbos, an additional water cooler, a custom exhaust system and a software update, which all work together to bring output from 518hp (525PS) to 740hp (750PS) and peak torque from 700Nm (516 lb-ft) to 1,150Nm (848 lb-ft).
As a result, the GSC CLS63 AMG is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in just 3.7 seconds and reach a maximum speed of almost 350 km/h (218mph).
The tuner continues with a KW adjustable suspension on the front axle and a new set of 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped around Continental tires size 255/30R20 up front and 295/25R20 at the back.
The exterior gets a matte foil wrap sans the boot, which is finished in gloss black, as well as a new body kit including a vented hood, side skirts, revised front and rear bumpers, a carbon fiber diffuser and quad tailpipes.
GSC also offers a variety of interior upgrades such as Alcantara trim and upholstery.