• Apr 15th 2010 at 2:28PM
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2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG – Click above for high-res image gallery

Each day we're inching closer to the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS' debut, so the Benz Boys are hard at work on the AMG variant of its swoopy four-door which should go on sale soon after the new C218-based CLS hits dealers early next year.

The AMG version is expected to be packing Mercedes' all-new 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8, putting out 544 horsepower and 586 pound-feet of torque in standard guise, and 571 hp and a axle-decimating 660 lb-ft of twist when kitted out in the in the optional higher-spec trim. Power will find its way to the ground through the new E-Class' seven-speed automatic, while beefed up brakes and suspension components round out the high-performance package.

These newest spy shots give us a glimpse of those biggie-sized, glowing rotors, along with an SLS-inspired fascia and LED daytime running lamps. The arching roofline doesn't appear to have changed much over the outgoing model, while the rear end gains a new set of taillamps and trapezoidal quad exhausts.

Expect the new CLS to bow at the Paris Motor Show this fall, with the AMG variant – likely carrying the "6.3" designation – coming along quickly thereafter.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      After seeing the new AMG E Class....this should be very good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @Sniffdar, I respectfully disagree.

      It seems to me that DBAG has taken some of the best elements from the current E, S and SLS and incorporated them into the evolution of the next generation CLS.

      If anyone loathes/hate/criticizes/damns the current CLS, there's a pretty good chance that will not like the upcoming CLS.

      And that is OKAY.

      PS - the sound bytes of the AMG engine don't do enough justice to the car. You'll have to sit in the driver's seat with the door open to hear the exhaust and FEEL the rumble. It's angry, pissed and so awesome!
      • 5 Years Ago
      the body styling makes the wheels look so small !
      • 5 Years Ago
      Want. So. Bad.

      660 lb/tq, that's just crazy. I can't wait for it to come out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It appears to have the "ponton" rear fender treatment of the new E-Class. I'm not sure if such a retro detail on a generally forward-looking shape is a good mix.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That "pontoon" rear fender on this car is going to make it look like a bad Hyundai Equus/Buick LaCross rip-off. Poor CLS, why did they have to do this to you in the 2. Gen facelift? It was good while it lasted, but it looks like the CLS is being damned by incompetence.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Definitely should be another cool car from AMG but i hate those exhaust tips. All the previous AMG cars had some nice oval shaped exhaust tips but the latest AMG cars are coming out with these trapezodial exhaust tips. They don't go along with the rest of this car's shape and they look even worse on the new E63 AMG.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a Passat CC got mixed up with an S-class. To finish, they added some SL headlamps. Done.

      From what we've seen so far I think the current CLS63 definitely looks better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL. Except the VW CC is heavily influenced by the original CLS.

        Not to mention that obviously Mercedes is being influenced by its overal design direction including the SLS which does influence this new design.
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