• Jul 8th 2010 at 11:00AM
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2011 Mercedes CL65 AMG and CL63 AMG – Click above for high-res image gallery

We now have first looks at the two 2011 Mercedes CL models that we've really been waiting to see: the CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG. With the front end of the standard model firmed up, there isn't the massive visual difference there used to be between that one and the AMG versions. The CL63, riding on 19-inch wheels, gets the necessary aggression added to the lower front dam, losing its chrome accent and getting mesh instead. Sharper side and rear skirts maintain the anger, but out back AMG's trademark twin oval pipes have been replaced with squoval-like tips shaped to fit the cutout. Under the hood is said to be a 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V8 with 544 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque – a full 26 ponies more than the outgoing 6.3-liter.

The CL65 gets 20-inch wheels and puts some of that chrome back, applying a strip to the center of the front air dam and rear diffuser so you can tell it apart from the CL63. Or, more specifically, so people can tell your boss' CL car from yours. It keeps the joined oval pipes we've seen on 65-series AMG cars for a few years now. Under its hood resides the 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V12 biturbo giving a stout 630 hp and 737 lb-ft. You can examine both in the gallery of photos below.

[Source: Autoblog.it (translated)]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I've got to have one of these..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great looking car but this thing has 330 HP more than my naturally aspirated 6.0L

      With that kind of power available when you push the pedal on the right, I can just Just imagine the fuel bill. However, I wouldn't be able to resist firewalling the accelerator a few times each day.

      Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does the 63 look edgier than the 65? Maybe the designers got their models confused? Or maybe they decided they would lower the cost of v12 ownership by reducing the overall looks to cut down on speeding tickets?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ummm...please return the following to Audi:

      LED styled headlamps
      Attached aluminum design within the front bumper

      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, I'm hearing many shades of brown are making a huge comeback in the automotive sector. I love it!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nissan used to have a baby poop brown for the Maxima (2nd gen?) that was craptastic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They are renaming it to the CL55, correct? If not, I am officially annoyed with German cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a current owner of a CL500, I like the overall design. I think it's an elegant GT...but I wish Mercedes left out the LED's. While many companies are beginning to integrate and incorporate LED's into their design language, Audi has been doing it mainstream for the last 2+ years and has since then become synonymous with their brand. Nothing against Audi, they make fine and attractive cars..but if I'm buying a Mercedes Benz, especially when approaching this price range, I don't want it mistaken for anything else.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please also return the semi "smile" design portion of the bumper to BMW.

      Wow Mercedes has become one of those Chinese copy cat car companies.
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