The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is a line of full-size luxury grand tourers. The name CL stands for the German Coupé Leicht (Coupé-Light) or Coupé Luxusklasse (Coupé-Luxury). The CL-Class is the coupe derivative of the S-Class full-size luxury saloon, upon which it shares the same platform.
The second generation of the CL is the W215-chassis coupe, manufactured between 1999–2006. It is based on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W220) which was launched in late 1998 in Europe, though it rides on an 8-inch shorter wheelbase. The CL’s front fascia of four oval headlights is similar to that of the W210 and W211 E-Class and was available in four models, of which the CL65 AMG was produced in limited numbers, with only 196 examples manufactured between 2004-2006. Development took place from 1993 to 1999, with final design being approved in 1996.
The CL coupés came equipped with the very latest in Mercedes-Benz technology, and along with the S-Class saloons the CL coupés received new technological features such as the refined Active Body Control fully active suspension system and Bi-Xenon HID lights. The CL65 AMG model benefited from the more aggressive looks, higher performance, better handling and better stability synonymous with AMG pedigree. Fitted with a high-pressure-turbocharged version of the V-12 engine found in the stock CL600, the coupe produces 604 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque between 2000 and 4000 rpm.
Bi-Xenon HID lights, Active Body Control, Climate control, ABC (hydraulic) suspension, Designer wood trim, Trip computer, CD, Navigation system, Power Sunroof, Power door and boot close assist. Distronic cruise control, Heated seats
This rare CL 65 is a real feast for the eyes, a significant pillarless GT with gorgeous styling and unique presence at the curb and on the move. To the CL’s already slick long-nose exterior AMG adds subtle enhancements including new front fascia with larger cooling ducts, integrated fog lamps, sculpted side-skirts, bright “V12 Biturbo” badging and a pair of twin pipe chrome exhausts. It certainly looks the part, and so it should in an era when 600hp was the reserve of the Hypercar!
The Brilliant Silver paint presents very well with a deep lustful shine. There are no signs of corrosion and all of the chrome and plastic trims are in excellent condition with lights and glass free from chips or cracks.
Opulence is an understatement when it comes to describing the interior of this CL.The cabin is a professional affair; a typical combination of Mercedes luxury and efficiency with the latest in technology and AMG performance upgrades. Safety is also paramount, thanks to an airbag selection that includes head curtain and side impact airbags for all four occupants. The leather AMG sport seats feature 14-way power adjustments, heat, ventilation, and an active lumbar massage system, while the AMG leather-wrapped steering wheel has a power adjustable tilt and telescoping column, along with the manual shift controls. Seats exhibit a matte appearance with minimal wear to report.
Standard CL 65 amenities include a high power CD changer stereo, DVD navigation, and dual-zone automatic climate controls. The rear seat is big by coupe standards with a power rear window sunshade helping to maintain both temperature and privacy. The clean cargo space is a coupe-generous 12.3 cubic feet.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with a bored-and-stroked high-pressure-turbocharged version of the V-12 engine found in the stock CL600, the coupe produces 604 horsepower and a rib-cage-flattening 738 pound-feet of torque between 2000 and 4000 rpm. To achieve this AMG have increased the cylinder bore by 0.6 millimeter and lengthened the stroke by six, ending up with 5980cc of engine displacement. AMG-spec forged pistons with thicker wrist pins fit inside the new holes, where they are cooled by an upgraded oil-spray system.
The combustion chambers were reshaped for a 9.0:1 compression ratio, and the intake camshafts have higher lift and longer dwell. Both turbochargers have larger housings and wheels and pump 1.5 bar of boost via a front-mounted air-to-water intercooler that is about 70 percent larger than the stock item. The power is alarming, yet utterly smooth – quite some achievement from the engineers at Affalterbach,
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The spotless split rim bi-color alloys are wrapped in a matching set of ContiSport 2’s – all displaying ample tread depth.
The front brakes are mammoth 391mm units with eight-piston calipers – a match for the 2 tonne kerb weight, easy to modulate and with good initial bite.
Supplied new to Japan in 2005, this V12 has been serviced at 8,134kms, 28,935kms, 44,477kms and 48,504kms with all supporting invoices accounted for.
Having just been subject to our rigorous in-house inspection we have just replaced the central locking vacuum pump and actuator.
As one of just 777 cars produced worldwide this CL represents an era pinnacle in styling and performance.
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