2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe hits the tarmac

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The new 2012 Meredes-Benz CLS Coupe is sporty yet elegant, and it is hitting the tarmac hard with a few U.S. journalists at the wheel. We would like to participate the test-drive too, but tough luck for us, only a few lucky journalists were chosen for this test-drive event. Guess, we’ll have just to wait when it hits the local dealerships for our turn to drive.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe is a four-door car, which is based on the design of a coupe with the comfort  and functionality of a sedan. We are as much confused as you are. Why called it a coupe when it is a four-door sedan? Wouldn’t a sport sedan name suffice? Anyhow, Mercedes-Benz claims that it is the “world’s first four-door coupe”, go figure!

If you look at the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe, you will notice that is a bit longer (1.2 inches) and wider that previous generation. As a result, the new-generation CLS Coupe appears more aggressive with its gapping front bumper.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe will be offered in three models, all of which are powered by a new biturbo direct-injection V8 engines mated to a 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system, which is offered for the first time in the CLS. The most fuel-efficient model of the new-generation CLS coupe would be the CLS550. It is equipped with a new 4.6-liter direct-injection twin-turbo V8 producing 402 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes-Benz claims that it provides a 26 percent better fuel mileage (estimated at 18 city/26 hwy) than the previous model.

Like other new Mercedes-Benz cars, an AMG version usually followed. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG features a new 5.5-liter direct-injection V8 engine producing 518 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. In additional, an optional AMG Performance Package increases output to 550 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. We would not rather discuss the fuel economy in this model, but anyway, it is about 26 percent more fuel efficient (estimated at 15 city/23 hwy) that the previous AMG model. The 26 percent more fuel efficient is achieved in part to the ECO stop-start system along with the new 7-speed MCT (multi-clutch technology) sport transmission with a start-up clutch that replaces the conventional torque converter.

In addition to the powertrain improvements in the CLS63 AMG, Mercedes-Benz also improves the ride quality of this top-performance coupe. The 2012 CLS63 AMG sports a combination of steel coil springs up front and self-leveling AIRMATIC rear suspension to maintain consistent ride height at any load. The rear suspension includes new track rods and push-pull rods as well as more rigid sub-frame mounts to help with the cornering.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe with MSRP’s of $71,300 for the CLS550, $73,800 for the CLS550 4MATIC and $94,900 for the high-performance CLS63 AMG (not including delivery charges of $875), and it is expected to be available at dealerships by this summer.