First Look: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG

To make them more sprightly than the standard CL-Class, the AMG cars also get a sport-tuned suspension that will stiffen even further in Sport mode and even lower the car 0.6 inches between 40 and 62 mph to improve aerodynamics. Throw in up-sized 15.4-inch front and 14.4-inch rear brake discs behind AMG wheels specific to each model and you've got yourself a serious grand tourer.

The revision above the hood is equally muted. Both cars receive the CL-Class' latest styling, which pulls all of the body's curves into tauter, straighter lines for a more aggressive look. Both AMG models get slightly revised front and rear fascias with the top-dog CL65 AMG being distinguished by chrome accents on the front splitter and rear diffuser. The update also includes new LED daytime running lights, new taillights, the appropriate "V8 BiTurbo" and "V12 BiTurbo" badging and an AMG performance exhaust with unique chrome tips.

Inside the cars, each is updated with leather AMG sport seats that are both heated and ventilated. Also on the build sheet is a leather-wrapped AMG steering wheel and a Racetimer function for recording lap times. To distinguish the top-shelf CL65 AMG, it also gets exclusive wood trim and diamond-patterned top-quality leather on the seats, doors and more.

Mercedes-Benz hasn't announced pricing on the new models yet, but a modest increase is expected. We'd estimate a CL63 AMG coming in around $150,000 to start and the CL65 AMG running about $215,000 before options. In addition to the precious few options packages, Mercedes' Designo customization feature will upgrade the car in just about any way you're willing to pay for. Expect to see the new CL AMG cars on showroom floors in November.

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