• Nov 19, 2010
Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

In the span of two weeks, Mercedes-Benz announced two new CLS-based production models: the recently revealed CLS63 AMG and plans to produce a wagon version inspired by the CLS "Shooting Brake" Concept shown at the Beijing Motor Show. Now we've learned that another CLS variant could combine the two.

The CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake would adapt all the go-fast bits of its sedan counterpart into the five-door model set to go into production in 2012. That means the M157 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 putting out between 518 and 550 horsepower and up to 590 pound-feet of torque depending on the spec. We've yet to get official word from M-B if the CLS Shooting Brake is bound for U.S. shores, but if the AMG version does come to fruition, don't expect it much before 2013.

Additionally, AMG execs told us that diesel performance models from the in-house tuner are a long way off. More to the point, AMG officials believe that gasoline engines have the potential to return just as much torque and fuel economy as their oil-burning counterparts, negating the need to develop high performance diesels. Here's hoping they're right...





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      • 4 Years Ago
      Just call it an Avant / stationwagon already. That name sounds about as stupid as 4-door-coupe.

        • 4 Years Ago
        That's b/c it is stupid. The 4-dr vehicles being produced now are sedans, albeit swoopy. Heck, even the 3 'muscle pony' cars are technically 2-dr sedans (have a B-pillar post). This is another attempt to repurpose a word so some people can feel better about their purchase. It is a 4-dr wagon. Period.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a wagon...shooting break is a full-size three door.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As much as I love the exterior design of this beautiful car (and I do mean it), its semi-official naming is a disgusting marketing spin. A shooting brake is a 2-door estate car like the BMW Z3 or some older full size Aston Martin/Lagondas. This one, OTOH, is a traditional 4-door estate car even if its oh so pretty roof line is somewhat more intricate than your garden variety boxy design. Show some humility MB, respect language and valued traditional notions, otherwise our children may find themselves living in a confused blurry world where words mean too many things and nothing it particular. The CLS is not a coupe car, and the CLS wagon is not a shooting brake, no matter how vocal you want to be about your new exterior design directions.

      Sorry, I am very angry at them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet !!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      There already was an AMG Diesel: C30 CDI AMG
      • 4 Years Ago
      So they'll AMG this but NOT the E-Class coupe......
      • 4 Years Ago
      You mean the CLS55 AMG, right? With a 5.5 liter engine?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sweet. Despite the drawbacks of the design, i'd buy one in a heartbeat.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think this is unequivovcally the coolest, best-looking, most exciting shooting break/shooting brake/wagon/station wagon/avant/estate ever conceptualized or built.

        It makes me want to start a family just so I have an excuse to buy one.

        Who cares what they call it? They could label it a space shuttle and it wouldn't bother me one bit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's amazing to me at least, how ugly Mercedes cars are becoming with the introduction of each new model. It's as though they've lost their way in some morass of design weirdness.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Shooting Break was the original (or more correct) term, but is often changed to Brake. In France these vehicles were referred to as "Break de Chasse," literally, break in the hunt.

      Brake has become a common term in England for any station wagon or sport ute.
      • 4 Years Ago
      new slogan from Stuttgart: Be a petrolhead! Buy a diesel AMG!

      right..
      • 4 Years Ago
      What do you guys think compared to the Cadillac CTS wagon?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I prefer the CTS Wagon's lines... toward the rear, this CLS is starting to resemble the Panamera a bit more than is attractive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        definitely CTS wagon

        the way the back is designed on this is terrible
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