2008 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG

David Gluckman

What a difference two doors make. Whereas the S63 seems huge, unwieldy, and an inappropriate vessel for the AMG 6.2-liter V-8, this CL63 somehow feels like it's gliding down the highway with a purpose. (Yes, I know it's just a big S-class-based coupe - it's all in my head.)

One way the CL makes huge appear simply large is its pillarless side profile. With all four windows down the car looks absolutely stunning, and it's an engineering marvel that so much open space can go unsupported. An S-class with windows down just can't match the presence of the CL.

Would I want one? Maybe if I had a lot of highway driving to do with a companion, but I'd still prefer a C63 if choosing among AMG 63 cars. And at this price, I could almost get three C63s for the CL, so that makes the decision even easier. I prefer the transmission programming and (loud) exhaust of the C, as they both suit the 6.3 V-8 much better. But I wouldn't turn a CL63 down.

David Gluckman, Web Producer

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