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2013 Mercedes Benz CLS

Published July 17, 2012

Looks aren’t everything you know. Even with cars appearance is only skin deep. But it must be said that the 2013 Mercedes Benz CLS class is a damn fine looking automobile. And in the world of executive sized sedans image certainly is important and as usual Mercedes Benz is the first choice for many. But what about personality. Surely even executives must prize and appreciate more about a car than mere superficial good looks.

When examined a little deeper it’s found that CLS-Class series begins with the CLS550. It comes powered with a 4.6 liter twin-turbo V8 that rolls out 402hp and 443lbs-ft of torque. It’s comes standard as rear-wheel drive with a seven-speed automatic or you can splurge for the 4Matic all-wheel drive option.

A little further up the class chain we find the CLS63 AMG. It’s definitely a class leader with its 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 managing 518hp and 516 lb-ft of torque in its base availability and an impressive 550hp at 590 lb-ft of torque for the optional AMG Performance package. Power is managed by means of a seven-speed automated manual transmission. To round out the car the CLS63 features specific to the AMG Performance Package including 19inch wheels, suspension, steering and styling details. But still the luxury of a limited-slip differential, forged alloy wheels and carbon-ceramic brakes are options you have to shell out for. Which is truly fitting for an executive class vehicle with a roughly $95,000 price tag. Remember, ‘executive car’ means ‘corporate write off’ which translates to tax break which means the company isn’t really paying for all this trim in the end anyway so of course they would splurge for the highest of the high end available.

It should be noted that the 2013 Mercedes Benz CLS come standard with 14-way power-adjustable front seats, navigation, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound stereo, satellite and HD radio, a six-disc CD changer and 40 GB internal hard drive. Additional options for the Mercedes Premium 1 Package include heated and ventilated front seats, rearview camera, power rear sunshade, electronic trunk closer and iPod connectivity. It’s rumored the 4matic all-wheel drive option will be available for the CLS550 at some point soon.

Those on the taller or bigger size will possibly find the car a tad cramped in the backseat, which is odd considering this car will likely have a designated driver while the actual owner rides in the back. But the good news is Mercedes Benz has finally succumbed to the realization that most drivers are not physicists or in the possession of an engineering degree, which means the latest version of their COMAND infotainment and navigation system are no longer confusing and now user friendly and intuitive.

Mercedes Benz has redesigned the 2013 CLS class to make a it a little more sportier and aggressive with enough horsepower generating under the hood to power from one business meeting to another and leaving little excuse for being late.

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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