• Jul 24, 2010
2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class AMG – Click above for high-res image gallery

How does one make the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class more exclusive than it already is? If you're Mercedes, you unveil the gonzo AMG variants. Appearance-wise, changes are minimal for the 2011 CL63 and CL65 AMG, save for the addition of Mercedes' new corporate face, which includes the standard LED running-light strip and some small tweaks to the rear fascia. The big news, however, centers on the changes underhood.

Gone is the naturally aspirated 6.3 6.2-liter AMG V8 in favor of a smaller and more powerful 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged mill. In base form, this V8 cranks out 536 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque (increases of 18 and 125, respectively), and with the optional AMG Performance Package, these numbers increase to an even more robust 563 hp and 664 lb-ft. Sweet stuff, and when matched with Mercedes' AMG Speedshift seven-speed automatic, 0-60 runs will take just 4.4 seconds (4.3 if you opt for the more powerful setup). What's most impressive, though, is that even with this added power boost, fuel consumption has been reduced by 27 percent. The range-topping CL65 AMG will carry over its 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12, though Mercedes has managed to coax an additional 17 horsepower from it for 2011. Output for the CL65 is now rated at 621 horses and 738 lb-ft of torque.

Both AMG CLs get a host new standard equipment as well. Mercedes-Benz's Direct-Steer system is on hand, as is a new crosswind stabilization feature that alters wheel-load distribution to keep things in line during heavy breezes. From there, a new torque-vectoring brake system applies one-sided braking during instances of understeer. The full suite of Mercedes-Benz driver aids is thrown in as well, including drowsiness detection, night-view assist, active lane-keeping assist and blind-spot assist. After all, with so much power on tap, you'll need a nanny (or several) to help keep things in line. Interior upgrades are similar to what we've already seen in the 2010 S-Class.

Official pricing hasn't been released yet, but expect MSRPs to increase slightly over the 2010 models ($145,200 for the CL63 and $207,170 for the CL65). Shoppers in that tax bracket shouldn't have any trouble shelling out a few grand extra for the latest in CL-Class exclusivity.



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AMG 5.5-LITER V8 BITURBO ENGINE

Performance, innovation and efficiency in perfect harmony


July 24, 2010

Increased performance and torque, reduced fuel consumption and exhaust emissions - these qualities are perfectly united in the new AMG 5.5-liter biturbo engine. Mercedes-AMG is confronting the challenges of the future, and demonstrating that dynamic performance can be perfectly combined with fuel economy. The result: a maximum output (with the optional AMG Performance Package) of up to 563 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque.

The new AMG 5.5-liter biturbo engine combines performance, innovation and efficiency to a previously unknown extent. This is made possible by a unique combination of innovative high-tech systems such as direct gasoline injection, twin turbochargers, air/water intercooling and the Controlled Efficiency stop/start function. The 2011 AMG CL models will be in U.S. showrooms this November.

Mercedes-AMG is systematically following the trend towards increasing efficiency: with a displacement of 5461 cc it is precisely 747 cc below the 6208 cc of the naturally aspirated AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine. Nevertheless, it develops more output and torque. The 2011 CL63 AMG develops a peak output of 536 hp and maximum torque of 590 lb-ft. In conjunction with the AMG Performance Package these figures increase to 563 hp and 664 lb-ft. The torque curve in particular shows that no other engine in this power class is able to match the figures delivered by the new AMG biturbo motor.

Despite an increase in horsepower and torque as compared to the naturally aspirated V8, AMG engineers have been able to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions considerably. With an estimated fuel savings of 27 percent, engine specialists consider this to be nothing less than a quantum leap. CO2 emissions have likewise been significantly reduced by approximately 30.

These improvements in efficiency and environmental protection have no negative effects on the car's performance. On the contrary, as the new AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo fully lives-up to AMG's brand commitment to "performance": the CL63 AMG accelerates from zero to 60mph in 4.4 seconds, and has a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). With the AMG Performance package, the highperformance Coupé reaches the 60 mph mark in 4.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 186 mph (electronically limited).

Combination of twin turbocharging and direct gasoline injection

Mercedes-AMG is presenting an attractive high-tech package with its combination of biturbo charging and direct gasoline injection with spray-guided combustion. The innovative injection technology brings distinct advantages to fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, thanks to higher thermodynamic efficiency. Particularly fast and precise piezo-electric injectors spray the fuel into the combustion chambers, ensuring a homogenous fuel/air mixture and highly effective combustion. An electric low-pressure pump delivers the fuel from the tank to a high-pressure pump in the trunk with a pressure of 87 psi. The fuel pressure in the highpressure rail is controlled between 1,500 and 3,000 psi on a fully variable and demand-related basis.

Two turbochargers and efficient air/water intercooling

Two turbochargers located next to the cylinder banks supply the eight cylinders with fresh air. At their maximum speed of 185,000 rpm under full load, the two turbochargers force 3,860 lbs into the combustion chambers per hour. The maximum charge pressure is 14.5 lbs, and 18.8 bar with the AMG Performance package. Thanks to their specific, compact construction - the turbine housings are welded to the exhaust manifold - there are significant space advantages and the catalytic converters also heat up more rapidly.

The new AMG V8 is the first turbocharged engine to dispense with the usual blow-off valve. This innovative solution enables the compressor housing to be made extremely compact. To ensure agile responsiveness with no time lag, all the air ducts in the intake tract are as short as possible. The wastegate valve, which reduces the pressure in the exhaust system during negative load changes, is vacuum-controlled via an electropneumatic converter. This allows dethrottling under partial loads, which in turn lowers the fuel consumption.

Like the existing AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine, the new eight-cylinder directinjection unit uses very efficient air/water intercooling. The low-temperature cooler with its water circulation is space-savingly accommodated within the V of the cylinder banks. It effectively cools down the intake air compressed by the turbochargers before it enters the combustion chambers, and maintains a constantly low intake temperature under full load. A large radiator at the car's front end ensures metered cooling of the water circulating in the low-temperature circuit. This guarantees a high output and torque yield in all ambient temperatures and operating conditions.

Extremely short charge-air ducting makes for outstanding responsiveness. The stainless steel pressure pipes for the fresh and charge air are produced by the hydroforming process, have a wall thickness of only 0.03 inches and are designed for very low pressure loss.

Aluminum crankcase with Silitec cylinder liners

The crankcase of the new AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine is made of diecast aluminum. The low (dry) engine weight of just 450 lbs is the result of uncompromising lightweight construction methods, and leads to the car's very balanced weight distribution. The bearing cover for the main crankshaft bearings is of grey cast iron, and is bolted to the crankcase for high rigidity. Cast-in Silitec cylinder liners ensure that the eight pistons operate with low friction.

Drilled pulsation holes in the crankcase lead to a higher output and fuel savings under partial load: above the bearing blocks there are longitudinally drilled holes which connect adjacent crankcase cavities. Normally the upward and downward movement of the pistons causes air to be forced into and extracted from the sump, which leads to increased internal friction losses and therefore a reduction in output. The pulsation holes prevent this by ensuring effective pressure compensation between the cavities.

The forged crankshaft of high-grade 38MnS6BY steel alloy rotates in five main bearings, has eight counterweights and has been optimized with respect to torsional rigidity, inertia, low rotating masses and a long operating life. A twomass viscous damper mounted at the front reliably eliminates vibrations. Each connecting rod journal on the crankshaft carries two forged, cracked connecting rods. In the interests of low mechanical friction and high wear resistance, the lightweight pistons have a metallic contact surface. Pressure-controlled oil-spray nozzles in the crankcase ensure that the highly stressed piston crowns are efficiently cooled.

Four-valve technology with variable camshaft adjustment

Perfect charging of the combustion chambers is ensured by large intake and exhaust valves, of which there are four per cylinder. The exhaust valves, which are subject to high thermal loads, are hollow and sodium-cooled. Four overhead camshafts operate the 32 valves via low-maintenance, low-friction cam followers. The infinitely variable camshaft adjustment with a range of 40 degrees on the intake and exhaust sides depends on the engine load and engine speed, leading to outstanding output and torque values. This also results in consistent idling at a low speed.

Depending on the engine speed, valve overlap can be varied for the best possible fuel/air supply to the combustion chambers and efficient removal of the exhaust gases. The variable camshaft adjustment is carried out electromagnetically via four pivoting actuators, and is controlled by the engine control unit. The camshafts are driven by three high-performance silent chains, which have considerable advantages in noise comfort compared to cylinder roller chains.

Efficient oil supply and water cooling


Efficient oil delivery under all load and operating conditions is ensured by an oil pump with an electrically controlled compression stage. The oil pressure can be varied between 29 and 48 psi, which has advantages in terms of friction and fuel consumption. An extraction stage integrated into the oil pump for the two turbochargers prevents oil from being mixed into the charge air and exhaust gases, thereby helping to reduce emissions even further. Both the sump and the extraction point have been optimized for maximum lateral acceleration and efficient lubrication. The oil capacity is 11 quarts.

The combined water/oil cooling system is a particularly innovative solution: initially the engine oil only flows through the oil/water heat exchanger. If the cooling performance of the very compact cooler is insufficient, the flow is directed through the external engine oil/air cooler by an oil thermostat. The advantage of this system is that the engine oil warms up (via hot engine coolant) more rapidly. A selectable water thermostat ensures rapid warming of the coolant when starting the engine and driving off.

The engine coolant is cooled using the particularly effective crossflow principle. There is a transverse flow of coolant through both the crankcase and the cylinder heads. Additional cooling slots in the cylinder head ensure more efficient cooling of the combustion chambers, which has advantages during combustion: it enables earlier ignition timings to be chosen without incurring the risk of knocking.

Highly efficient engine electronics for every function

All the engine functions are executed and controlled by a particularly efficient Bosch MED 17.7.3. control unit. This state-of-the-art engine computer not only controls the direct gasoline injection, charge pressure, camshaft adjustment and variable oil supply, but also communicates with all the other onboard control units. The microprocessor has more than 30,000 different parameters and functions stored in its memory, and is able to perform up to 260 million individual operations per second. To reduce the load on the engine control unit, the eight individual ignition coils have an integral electronic module known as an ignition amplifier at each cylinder. These ensure a strong ignition spark at all engine speeds and under all load conditions. Eight highvoltage powerstages are responsible for highly precise fuel distribution to the piezoelectric injectors.

Effective emissions technology with new catalytic converter boxes

The requirements for the exhaust system of the new AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine were complex: low exhaust emissions, compliance with country-specific standards and a characteristic AMG engine sound. The CL63 AMG complies with all the current EU-5 emission standards, as well as meeting all the requirements of the US market (LEV-II standard, On-Board Diagnosis II and lambda sensor diagnosis).

The turbochargers are welded to the exhaust manifolds, while air gap-insulated manifolds with a wall thickness of only 0.04 inches ensure a rapid catalytic converter response. For efficiency and to save space, this concept has a tandem catalytic converter housing on each side of the vehicle: adjacent to the firewall, two thin-walled ceramic substrates are grouped into each housing. This solution makes the previous, additional underbody catalytic converters unnecessary. The two ceramic substrates differ to ensure rapid and efficient emissions control: the front one is coated with palladium, while the rear one has a bimetal coating of palladium and rhodium. One lambda sensor per row of cylinders is located in front of each catalytic converter housing, and there is a lambda diagnostic sensor between each of the two thin-walled substrates.

The lambda sensors are necessary for demand-related lambda control. In all operating conditions, the components of the intake mixture can be precisely controlled to avoid damaging the catalytic converters. This also benefits fuel consumption under full load, as the mixture can be leaner than in engines without this control system.

Twin-pipe AMG sports exhaust system for a characteristic sound signature

The twin-pipe AMG sports exhaust system has a pipe cross-section of 2.76 inches from the manifolds to the rear silencers. When designing the sound, the aim was to create a perfect synthesis of aggressiveness and the comfort on long journeys that is the hallmark of a Mercedes. The goal of the developers was to achieve an emotional experience when accelerating and rev-matching, but unobtrusiveness at constant speeds. Unpleasant frequencies or droning noises were effectively eliminated during a series of painstaking tests. The sports exhaust system emits a sonorous eight-cylinder sound that is typical of AMG, while the striking chrome twin tailpipes feature a new design.

PRELIMINARY EQUIPMENT LIST - 2011 CL63 AMG

Standard Equipment

Comfort/Convenience


* COMAND system with 40GB hard-drive GPS navigation
* Bluetooth interface for hands-free calling
* Voice control for audio, telephone and navigation
* 11-speaker harman/kardon LOGIC7® surround-sound system with Dolby Digital 5.1, HD Radio®, in-dash 6-disc DVD/CD changer, in-dash SD card reader, media interface, & SIRIUS® satellite radio
* Central controller with 8" COMAND display
* Power tilt/sliding sunroof
* Rear window sunshade
* Bi-Xenon headlamps with active curve illumination and cornering lights
* KEYLESS-GO
* Electronic trunk closer
* PARKTRONIC with advanced Parking Guidance
* AMG premium leather interior
* AMG performance steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles
* AMG instrument cluster with RACETIMER
* AMG 14-way power heated and active ventilated front seats with adjustable
* lumbar support and memory
* Drive-dynamic multicontour front seats with 4-level massage
* Interior ambient lighting feature

Performance/Handling

* 536 Horsepower @ 5,500 RPM
* 590 lb-ft of Torque @ 2,000 - 4,500 RPM
* Acceleration: 0-60 mph: 4.4 sec.
* Top speed: 155 mph (electronically limited)
* AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission with Sport, Comfort and Manual shift modes
* AMG-specific power-assisted speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering
* AMG-calibrated Active Body Control (ABC) suspension
* Front: AMG-calibrated 4-link independent with antilift control and stabilizer bar
* Rear: AMG-calibrated multilink independent with antisquat and antidive system
* AMG high-performance two-piece braking system
* Front: Internally ventilated and cross-drilled 15.4" discs with dual sliding calipers
* Rear: Internally ventilated and cross-drilled 14.4" discs with sliding calipers
* 20" AMG twin 5-spoke alloy wheels
* 255/35 ZR20 (front), 275/35 ZR20 (rear) high-performance tires
* AMG sport exhaust system with dual twin chrome tailpipes
* AMG aerodynamic sport styling

Safety/Security

* New vehicle 4-year/50,000 mile warranty
* Mercedes-Benz mbrace™ emergency calling and convenience system
* New vehicle 4-year/50,000 mile warranty
* Mercedes-Benz maintenance system
* 24-hour roadside assistance program
* Steel-reinforced cabin with front & rear crumple zones
* 3-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters
* ISOFIX anchor and tether system for child seats
* Adaptive dual stage front airbags including driver knee airbag
* Side airbags mounted in front and rear
* Full-length head protection curtain
* NECK-PRO active head restraints
* 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock and Brake Assist
* AMG 2-stage Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
* PRE-SAFE® (predictive occupant protection system)
* Roll-over sensor
* Anti-theft alarm with engine immobilizer
* Night security illumination
* Tire pressure monitoring system
* Panic button remote key
* Emergency trunk release inside cargo area

Optional Packages

Premium 2 Package ($TBD)


* Rear view camera
* Drive-dynamic multicontour front seats with massage
* Night View Assist PLUS with Pedestrian Detection

Driver Assistance Package ($TBD)


* DISTRONIC PLUS with PRE-SAFE® Brake
* Active Blind Spot Assist
* Active Lane Keeping Assist

AMG Performance Package ($TBD)

* Top speed delimitation to 186 mph
* Power increase (+27 hp/74 lb-ft)
* Carbon Fiber engine cover

Stand Alone Options

* Wood/premium leather steering wheel
* Heated steering wheel
* SPLITVIEW Dual-content viewscreen
* 20" AMG Twin 5-Spoke forged wheel
* Carbon Fiber Trim

Paint

Black, Magnetite Black, Jade Green, Capri Blue, Flint Grey, Barolo Red, Iridium Silver, Palladium Silver, Diamond White

Upholstery

Black Premium Leather, Savanna/Cashmere Premium Leather, Ash/Grey Premium Leather, Sahara Beige/Black Premium Leather

PRELIMINARY EQUIPMENT LIST - 2011 CL65 AMG

Standard Equipment

Comfort/Convenience


* COMAND system w/ 40GB hard-drive GPS navigation
* Bluetooth interface for hands-free calling
* Voice control for audio, telephone and navigation
* 11-speaker harman/kardon LOGIC7® surround-sound system with Dolby Digital 5.1 with HD Radio® ,SIRIUS® satellite radio, & media interface
* Central controller with 8" COMAND display
* Power tilt/sliding sunroof
* Rear window sunshade
* Bi-Xenon headlamps with active curve illumination and cornering lights
* KEYLESS-GO
* Electronic trunk closer
* PARKTRONIC with Parking Guidance
* DISTRONIC PLUS with Parking Guidance and Active Blind Spot Assist
* Rear view camera
* Night View Assist PLUS w/pedestrian detection
* AMG exclusive leather interior with V12-design diamond cross-stitching
* AMG performance steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles
* AMG instrument cluster with RACETIMER
* AMG 14-way power heated and active ventilated front seats with adjustable lumbar support and memory
* Drive-dynamic multicontour front seats with 4-level massage
* 8-way power heated and active ventilated rear seats
* Interior ambient lighting feature

Performance/Handling

* 621 Horsepower @ 4,800 RPM
* 738 lb-ft of Torque @ 2,000 - 4,000 RPM
* Acceleration: 0-60 mph: 4.2 sec.
* Top speed: 186 mph (electronically limited)
* AMG SPEEDSHIFT 5-speed transmission with Sport, Comfort and Manual shift modes
* AMG-specific power-assisted speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering
* AMG-calibrated Active Body Control (ABC) suspension
* Front: AMG-calibrated 4-link independent with antilift control and stabilizer bar
* Rear: AMG-calibrated multilink independent with antisquat and antidive system
* AMG high-performance two-piece braking system
* Front: Internally ventilated and cross-drilled 15.4" discs with dual sliding calipers
* Rear: Internally ventilated and cross-drilled 14.4" discs with sliding calipers
* 20" AMG twin 5-spoke forged alloy wheels
* 255/35 ZR20 (front), 275/35 ZR20 (rear) high-performance tires
* AMG sport exhaust system with V12-design dual twin chrome tailpipes
* AMG aerodynamic sport styling

Safety/Security

* Active Lane Keeping Assist
* New vehicle 4-year/50,000 mile warranty
* Mercedes-Benz mbrace™ emergency calling and convenience system
* Mercedes-Benz maintenance system
* 24-hour roadside assistance program
* Steel-reinforced cabin with front & rear crumple zones
* 3-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters
* ISOFIX anchor and tether system for child seats
* Adaptive dual stage front airbags including driver knee airbag
* Side airbags mounted in front and rear
* Full-length head protection curtain
* NECK-PRO active head restraints
* 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock and Brake Assist
* AMG 2-stage Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
* PRE-SAFE® (predictive occupant protection system)
* Roll-over sensor
* Anti-theft alarm with engine immobilizer
* Night security illumination
* Tire pressure monitoring system
* Panic button remote key
* Emergency trunk release inside cargo area

Stand Alone Options

* SPLITVIEW Dual-content viewscreen
* Carbon Fiber Trim

Paint

Black, Magnetite Black, Jade Green, Capri Blue, Flint Grey, Barolo Red, Iridium Silver, Palladium Silver, Diamond White

Upholstery

Black Exclusive Leather, Savanna/Cashmere Exclusive Leather, Ash/Grey Exclusive Leather, Sahara Beige/Black Premium Leather


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Alright so for 62 grand more you get 58 more horsepower... or around $1,070 per/hp, that's crazy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Beautiful powerful exclusive Mercs!
      • 4 Years Ago
      the only thing I Can think of is replacement tires every 6K miles lol.....got to love it...too much power then what the car could probably handle...maybe if they could make it a 6x6 lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wasn't it only a couple of years ago people were saying the horsepower wars were going to die out about now and the 'peak' was behind us? Um...completely wrong!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love stupid power levels, LOVE THEM, but I'd had have been more excited to see "new CL63 800 pounds lighter". A MB AMG car is just an MB with "the big engine option", I wish they'd move in a more sporting direction, but I'm sure they have the dentist demo nailed with this one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do you people compare these two cars together?? I mean they are intended for very much different markets, cts-v is aiming more towards M5, rs6, maybe also c63 amg... but the way i see it, cl amg is in the market where bentley contie and ferrari 612 exist.
      also, why people compare between American cars and european ones? everyone of them are unique in my opinion,,, I love the viper for the simple fact of having a MASSIVE 8.4L V10 engine in front of you (it makes me drool just thinking about it). and i like the Scuderia for the fact that when i hear the exhaust note... it fell my heart with joy and I feel that I added 3 years to my life.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "CL65 is now rated at 621 horses and 738 lb-ft of torque"

      I know of some HD trucks that would be jealous of those numbers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wait until Brabus gets their hands on it, locomotives will be jealous.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All the major MB tuners do some sort of transmission work. I know Renntech and Brabus do upgrade the gearbox, and Kleemann does something too, just not sure what. Its not that the transmission cant handle the extra power though. MB sets that limit so they can warranty the transmission for all types of drivers and the various ways they abuse them, they have to figure in the lowest common denominator. Aftermarket tuners can get away with a smaller margin of safety.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The sheer size of these things in person is just mindblowing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a sharp looking vehicle!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mercedes-Benz. Please re-hire Bruno Sacco. Quickly!
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