What’s new?Remember the old CL-Class Mercedes? Well, this is the new CL, only it’s now fully part of the S-Class family. This realignment of the flagship coupe in the overall Mercedes pecking order also means closer ties to the S-Class in terms of looks, performance and image. Plus, the AMG-tuned performance version shares much under the skin with its four-door brother.
As Mercedes bids to push increasingly upmarket with its premium models, this S63 AMG variant could easily be viewed as a rival for Bentley’s popular and distinctive Continental GT coupe. Leading that charge is the 5.5-litre V8 turbo motor under the S63’s bonnet. It’s new in the sense that it has become the default high performance unit in the bulk of AMG cars, replacing Mercedes’ old non-turbo 6.2 V8.
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