• Aug 19th 2010 at 7:29PM
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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Surprise, surprise – Mercedes-Benz is working on an AMG version of its next-generation CLS-Class coupe sedan. Our spies recently caught this prototype out and about, and underneath all of that cladding is what we imagine to be an immensely attractive, steroid-enhanced version of the new CLS body. We'll take one in black, please.

Shapely lines aside, the most important part of any AMG car is what's under the hood, and the CLS AMG will doubtlessly pack wallop. Expect Benz's new 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 to be under the bonnet, as this will rapidly become standard spec for Benz's V8-powered AMG cars. We've already read about this mill in the new S63 and CL63, so expect the CLS to bring around 540 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque to the table, though we assume that an upgraded performance package will be available, increasing these output numbers.

We're on the edge of our Recaros for this one, folks. But until the final tweaks have been made, we'll have to settle for these spy shots. See for yourself in the high-res gallery below.

[Source: CarPix]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      My guess will be that it will still be ugly. I know - I'm in the minority.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was only referring to this car. I think there are several attractive models in the Volkswagen stable (Scirocco, CC, Touareg), Audi stable (A5, R8), and BMW stable (3 series). Even Mercedes C class sedan is attractive.

        This CLS is UNattractive from all angles. I like the way it looks inside, though.

        Cadillac (the US?) would not have designed the cars they have today if it weren't for the constant a$$-whippings the German marques delivered. Thank the German marques for setting the standard. For that matter, the German marques owe thanks to the Japanese marques (Lexus, Acura and Infiniti) for raising the standard for quality fit & finish during the 1990s. This is all competition at its best.

        For me, Buick still hasn't shaken the image of a retiree's brand. Its existance doesn't make sense. It either cannibalizes Chevy or Cadillac sales. I don't subscribe to the nonsense that Cadillac competes with BMW and Mercedes while Buick competes with Audi, Lexus, Acura and others. It's going to take a while for me to be convinced.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The current one is nice, but now that Benz rediscovered the faux pontoon fenders from a 70's Chevy Monte Carlo and putting it on everything they build, it's all going downhill fast
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is one UG-LEE prototype - armadillo anybody???
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your comments show how different the american taste of design is compared to the european one. Nearly every comment i've read on european car blogs (in relation to this car's design) were positive. Most people liked it. Here it's the opposite. But that doesn't matter because it's no different on our side of the pond where some american designs you love are considered quite ugly.

        Speaking for myself, I'd really like to see one in person. And i hope your opinion on it's design will change like it did in case of the Panamera.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mercedes has made this thing irrelavant. The original was a game changer and it was pure design. The CLS was nothing more than a radically design E-class, but the design was eye-catching and unlike anything else. This generation CLS is not intriguing to looks at. It even has less of a coupe like profile. It's essentially just another Mercedes model line with nothing special to bring to the table.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take a CTS-V over that overpriced Pig any day...

      .... you may proceed to down rate me now.
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