• Oct 26, 2010
2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS – Click above for high-res image gallery

Not long after Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off of the shapely new CLS-Class at this year's Paris Motor Show, sources within the automaker have told Autoblog that the AMG-fettled CLS will bow at next month's Los Angeles Auto Show.

Much like the revised S63 and CL63, expect the 2012 CLS63 AMG to use the automaker's new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8, churning out 544 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. That power will be managed via Merc's latest seven-speed AMG Speedshift automatic transmission sending power solely to the rear wheels. An AMG Performance Package will be on hand, as well, boosting output numbers up to 571 hp and 664 lb-ft. We can't wait to experience this beast firsthand.

Naturally, expect a bulgier, more aggressive exterior appearance complete with large AMG wheels and a host of LED lamps up front. Interior refinement will likely feature sport seats, a smaller-diameter steering wheel with paddle shifters and, of course, carbon fiber trim.

Stay tuned for official images and details closer to the car's official debut in Los Angeles.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this is the best-looking C-class yet.

      I will slog up the 405 next month to see it in person...woohoo!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd rather have an E-class.
        • 4 Years Ago
        CLS class is not C-Class.

        CLS class is an alternate E-class, that is supposedly a sleeker, more stylish aesthetic. They call it a 4-door coupe... which is an oxymoron.

        Plus, the aesthetics fail, anyway, both on this new one, and the previous CLS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Boxer: the new one is definitely polarizing, but there is no way that the old CLS was ugly.
        BTW, i like the new CLS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Column-mounted shifter on an AMG model?

        • 4 Years Ago
        The car in the pictures is the regular CLS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      they need to fix the darn name to cls-55, its no longer packing the 6.3 v8
      • 4 Years Ago
      The side sculpting is hideous, reminding me of an 80's Chevy Monte Carlo and clenched jaw tendons on a skinny old woman. Yuk...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is immensely handsome. Given MB's competence at making pretty competent cars, this seems to be a competent competitor for the very competent A7.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i wonder if it's going to have a hood-scoop
      • 4 Years Ago
      perfect daily driver*

      *excluding the pricetag.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That line from the headlight to the back door ruins it for me... much prefer the original CLS. The shooting brake concept was better looking than this too, IMO. (sigh of disappointment)