2011 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG

Matt Tierney

Objectively, the price of any CL is insane given how much less expensive a mechanically identical S-class is, but the point of these coupes is exclusivity and CL shoppers are well past the point of a logical purchase. To go along with that, the CL550, CL600, CL63 AMG, and CL65 AMG are essentially splitting hairs in terms of performance differences, but Mercedes claims there are very specific buyers for each model. The truth is any of these coupes is a revelation to experience the first time.

Though AMG has significantly changed its engine philosophy over the past several years (from superchargers to normal aspiration to turbos today) the delivery of unbelievable thrust has remained a constant. I will never tire of flooring an AMG product on an empty road. I don't even mind coming across a stray vehicle or three on two-lane roads when I'm in an AMG Benz because passing someone gives me a reason to boot the accelerator and listen to the V-8 rev. Every Mercedes that comes from the Affalterbach facility begs to be driven long distances at insanely high rates of speed. The only problem is that the roads in America have speed limits.

The CL is especially well suited to long distance cruising because it's so big and confident. A lack of B-pillars affords the CL's driver great visibility and there's no penalty in terms of wind noise thanks to the laminated glass and abundance of sound deadening materials. You get all the luxury and prestige of an S-class in a slightly shorter package. I immediately start to think of weekend getaway destinations with a car like the Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG.

Phil Floraday, Senior Web Editor

It's pretty hard to find fault with a car whose 500-plus horsepower and almost 600 lb-ft of torque is wrapped in a package that speaks to your inner sybarite - so I'm not going to do that. Instead, I'll just say that driving the Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG makes me feel special. Yes, the ECO start/stop system is disconcerting. But you know what? I simply turned it off. Power delivery came back to normal (although "normal" in the CL63 is not the same as "normal" in most cars). I would be happy to drive this car every day. What else is there to say?

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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