2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

After the manic C63, I think this is my second-favorite AMG "63" model, although it's a close call in light of the excellent CL63. As Phil noted, the size and spirit of this car work extremely well with the high-revving nature of this 507-hp normally aspirated V-8. Like some of the other great V-8s on the market today, there's something wholly intoxicating about this engine's glorious song. Let's just say it's tough to keep this Benz at legal speeds. But it's not just during autobahn-style blasts that the CLS63 is awesome; curves can be very fun, too, thanks to the car's excellent balance and steering.

With black paint and the AMG styling touches, the CLS's anti-sedan design reaches peak chic. Fuel mileage of 12/18 mpg city/highway becomes a nonfactor. If I paid more than $115K for a car, however, I'd expect it to at least have parking sensors and/or a reverse camera.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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