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This is the final year for the current CL-Class, with its successor slated to launch in fall of 2014 and likely to bring many of the innovations seen in the all-new S-Class. The only change for this model is that the Premium Package, which includes massaging seats and night-vision assistance, is now standard across the line.
For 2013, a new Grand Edition trim package is available on the CL550, including 20-inch wheels, AMG-inspired styling touches and a selection of special "designo" interior and exterior color schemes. The next-generation mbrace2 telematics with Internet-based features is also provided.
Key updates for the Mercedes-Benz 2011 CL-Class include refreshed exterior styling, the addition of Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist systems and two brand-new V8 engine choices that deliver more power along with improved efficiency. Also, new is an economy enhancing stop/start feature on the CL63 that automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped.
For 2010, all CL's receive new audio systems with integrated Bluetooth, HD radio, four-gigabyte music register and USB and SD card slots. Also new is a wood and leather steering wheel and larger outside mirrors. All non-AMG models receive a new steering system – called Direct Steer – that employs variable ratio gearing within the steering rack, delivering better on-center and high-speed feedback.
Powerful in presence, luxurious in craftsmanship and armed with some of Mercedes-Benz's most potent engine options, the 2014 CL-Class puts the "grand" in grand touring coupes. Think of these big 4-seat coupes as the thinking and (very well-to-do) working man's high-end transportation. From the base CL550 Coupe to the 621-horsepower biturbo V12-equipped CL65 AMG, the CL-Class coupes still offer a fine mix of performance and livability even in what is the final year of their current generation. The CL-Class distinguishes itself from rivals such as the BMW 6 Series with understated design and prodigious amounts of prestige. Price tags starting well into the $100,000 range and eclipsing $200,000 for the top-line AMG model automatically disqualify some buyers, while significant depreciation may deter others.
By car guy on Friday, October 28, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "top of the line grand tourer, classy"
Cons: "expensive with high depreciation first 2 years"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought my 07 CL550 new and it has been a fabulous grand tourer on several cross-country trips. Whether you are cruising at high speeds in west Texas or going to dinner locally, this car is the real deal. The more you drive it, the more you appreciate it. The interior is flawless and makes long distance trips a pleasure. The engine, handling and quality of fit and finish are all outstanding. I've had a couple of mechanical things fixed under warranty but the car still looks and drives like new as it approaches 90k miles I've owned many cars but this is the best I've ever had and the only one that's this good after so many miles. If you take care of it, it's worth every penny"
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By LG on Monday, July 19, 2010
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"I have owned my 2008 63 for three years. Have had Renntech CPU, header and exhaust upgrades and the car runs beautifully with no problems whatsoever. Great car, heavy feel on teh road but light and agile when manuevering in and out of traffic. Truly a pleasure to drive."
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By tomd on Wednesday, April 23, 2008
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
"Went from a 2007 S550 to a 2008 CL550. Easy transition. Same quality, features and ride. Just in a sexier body. The car really shows how sad US car quality is and why the US car makers are hurting; big time. If you got the bucks, get the car. It's one of life's great pleasures"
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful