Aston Martin DB9 vs Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG! [Head 2 Head Episode 26]
German engineering meets British charm as Jonny Lieberman pits the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG against the 2013 Aston Martin DB9 on this episode of Head 2 Head. While both brands are synonymous with luxury, underneath their hoods lies some seriously massive hand built V-12 engines. Dynamic testing & mountain roads await as we find out which is the better super coupe for the modestly wealthy.
The styling package is offered for all engine variants of the facelifted CL that was presented in the summer of 2010 as a 2011 model year.
The German tuner’s wide body kit consists of several parts including a new front bumper that incorporates a lip spoiler and small wings on the sides, a vented hood, front and rear fender extensions with matching side skirts, a boot lid spoiler and a rear bumper with air outlets and a diffuser.
The aero parts alone cost €12,900 (about US$16,050 at the current exchange rates) with Prior Design also offering a foil wrap in the color of your choice, a new set of alloy wheels and a sports exhaust system.
1971 Mechatronik Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Vs. 2012 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG [Car and Driver]
Sam Smith takes a look at the Mechatronik 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 M-Coupe and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG to see how much Mercedes has and hasn’t changed over the years in the latest episode of Car and Driver: Tested.
The German brand has launched a new version of the CL named “Grand Edition”.
The Grand Edition models make use of a selection of options available in Mercedes’ ‘designo’ range including a choice of three bespoke paint finishes called platinum black metallic, mocha black metallic and magno cashmere matte white, which is featured on the model seen in these pictures.
To further differentiate the Grand Edition from the regular CL models, Mercedes has also added the AMG Sports package, with front and rear aprons, side sill panels and 20-inch alloy wheels in a choice of five-spoke or filigree 10-spoke designs. A “Grand Edition” badge completes the exterior revisions.
Inside, customers can choose from three different ‘designo’ leather upholsteries including aniline leather armagnac, aniline leather deep black and the lighter aniline leather porcelain, as well as a variety of special trim finishes
The “Grand Edition” will be offered as an option package priced at €4,850 (approx. US$6,500) not including VAT in Germany, on the 420hp CL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY and its 4MATIC all-wheel drive derivative as well as the 510hp CL 600.
Dubai Auto Show Preview: Brabus 800 Mercedes Benz Coupé (CL-600)
As you may have figured out already, this is not your average tuning job. It couldn’t be for the Brabus 800 to produce an outrageous 800HP and 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft) of torque (limited electronically to 1,100 Nm/811 lb-ft), making every other luxury grand tourer a spec in your rear-view mirrors.
Numbers speak for themselves: the tuned CL accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 10.3 seconds, and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).
All this power is directed to the rear wheels via a heavily reinforced five-speed auto transmission that can handle the enormous torque, and then to the 295/25 ZR 21 rear tires. A 25mm lowered suspension, a limited-slip diff with a 40% locking rate and all electronic stability systems take care of the handling – and if you want to smoke your specially developed rear Continentals, Pirellis or Yokohamas in a matter of seconds, you can fully deactivate the gizmos.