Those looking for both luxury and performance do not need to look any further than the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class. Competitors of this vehicle must provide plenty of features and top-tier design that earns the ultra-luxury title, ample room for two, but also enough to accommodate the occasional passengers in the back, a driving experience that most people only dream about, and comfort that is second to none even on longer trips. No other vehicle offers all this in one package, making this grand touring coupe a top pick for executives who do not mind to pay a price that is just as high as the quality.
New For 2013
The only change for the 2013 CL-class is a new Grand Edition Package that adds AMG fascias, twenty-inch wheels, and a choice of three paints and three interiors from Designo, Mercedes’ personalization arm.
The timeless and elegant style of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is yet another example of this German automaker’s ability to design something new that at the same time gives the feeling of continuity within the brand. The current model was launched in 2007, and then went through a significant facelift in 2011, making this sporty big coupe looking more aggressive than before.
Regardless of model, every CL-Class coupe demands attention as soon as it approaches the spectators. The muscular design that was implemented in 2011 is evident starting from the front-end styling. From the side, it is impossible not to notice the frameless and B-pillar-less side windows that add further interest to the smooth exterior and enhance the experience inside.
The AMGs add unique exterior enhancements to the two lesser models, to make this elegant, powerful vehicle even more appealing. For the CL550 and CL600, sport body styling is available as an option, adding an even more aggressive front air dam, sculpted lower side sills and a seductively styled rear apron. The overall package of any CL does a great job of concealing sheer power behind elegance.
The four models of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class come standard with different size and style wheels, from the 18-inch, five-spoke on the CL550 to the 20-inch, AMG, forged twin five-spoke on the absolute top of the class CL65 AMG. A great array of further options allow the wealthy customers to personalize their coupe to taste, but regardless of choice, these wheels are ready to make a statement when pulling up by the curbside.
Due to its steep entry price, comparatively low number of CL-Class vehicles cruise on the highways, but just in case, the Germans make sure that no CL has to look the same as the neighbor’s. A personalization option, dubbed ""Designo,"" offers an exclusive selection of paint options for the exterior, along with different leather and interior trim options.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Mercedes Benz CL-Class is essentially the two-door version of the S-Class sedan, it is built on the same platform and it also shares the exquisite interior that is an expectation in this ultra-luxury segment. While the inside is impressive even at first glance, the Mercedes-Benz designers seem to understand something more: the details make the difference between an impression of luxury and true elegance. Hand-polished hardwoods, hand-fitted, rich leather seats, and precise top-stitching show the care that is put into creating every CL vehicle.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class offers seating for four. Even the back is relatively spacious, making this large coupe stand out among competitors and making the vehicle that much more functional. The front seats offer uncompromised comfort with 12-way power adjustment, heating and ventilation. Massage capability comes standard on the AMGs and it is optional on the lesser two models.
Even the base models do not ask for compromise when it comes to comfort and convenience: dual-zone climate control, power rear-window sunshade, and a power tilt/sliding glass sunroof is standard on every model. Once the golf clubs are safely stored in the fair amount of 13.5 cubic feet of trunk, an electronic trunk closer finishes the job of getting ready to go. Audio and entertainment features include a six-disc DVD/CD changer, Bluetooth connectivity, hard-drive based navigation. The COMAND system integrates audio, navigation and vehicle settings, making this sporty coupe very conveniently personalized once it is set up.
A long list of safety features help prevent injuries and protect the driver and passengers of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class in case of the unexpected. Some highlights of the most advanced technologies include the anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and an 11-way airbag system. The newly developed driver-drowsiness monitor is also standard: this system can automatically alert the driver with both visual and audible warnings if it detects signs of drowsiness. Some of the optional equipment, such as active lane-keeping assist and night vision that highlights pedestrians, are completely unheard of on much less luxurious vehicles.
In addition to the super luxury described above, the CL-Class offers super handling and super acceleration. Even the least powerful 4.6-liter, bi-turbo, V-8 engine of the base model provides 429 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The CL550 is also the only model that comes standard with all-wheel drive for those in need of a luxury coupe in less than ideal driving weather. The horsepower ultimately rises to 621 and the torque to 738 lb-ft on the highest level CL65 AMG, powered by a handcrafted, AMG, 6.0-liter, bi-turbo V-12. The smaller performance CL600 also comes standard with a V-12, but at this level of power, the acceleration difference between any of these models can hardly be felt: they reach 60 mph from zero in 4.2-4.6 seconds.
Overall, this sporty coupe’s handling is remarkable, especially given its size, and even the base V-8 engine is powerful enough for the CL to keep up with sports cars on winding back roads. Wherever those roads might go, all models of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL will get there fast and in exquisite comfort, offering a thoroughly liberating feeling.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
- Aston Martin DB9
- Bentley Continental GT
- BMW 6-Series
- Maserati GranTurismo