There are a number of interesting tidbits in Chris Harris' review of the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, one of them being that he spends most of his seat time talking about the station wagon like it's a sports car. This isn't all that surprising if you limit yourself to the side of the spec sheet that lists "twin-turbo V8 with 557 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, limited-slip differential and seven-speed paddle-shifted transmission."

One the other side, though, is the part about it being more than 16 feet long, having four doors, seating for five and a cargo capacity that can go from 590 liters to 1,550 liters by folding down the rear seats (that's about 21 cubic feet to 55 cubic feet). And that gets Harris examining how a wagon can not only fill a niche, but can actually be something special and, perhaps, even a cult vehicle.

Another measure of how far the automotive world has come is when Harris says, "Only a little 285-section [tire] at the back," which means a new goalpost for "little" tire sizes comes from a review of a station wagon. You can see what else Harris has to say in the video below.


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      Willie
      • 2 Years Ago
      this car is on my top 20 cars of all time. funny thing is i dont like the cls sedan, it looks sort of boring compared to the old one. but this wagon is amazing they should put it against the spec v cts. but then again this car is so much better looking. and the interior is awesome. i think i should go leave a down payment before i need to wait on a long list.
      Spellchecker
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had my doubts about the design, but after seeing one in person at my local MB dealership in Germany, I was hooked. They look amazing in person. The press photos don't do it justice at all. These are not small cars, but the design still comes across as sleek than bulky. Nice cars.
      treeinsc
      • 2 Years Ago
      So how is it compared to Panamera turbo?
      balls
      • 2 Years Ago
      fantastic!
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have sadly accepted the fact that wagons in America are a bad investment. Dealership near me has a Cadillac CTS-V wagon demo, so it is a good price, and that has been sitting on the lot for months now, no buyer. Audi dealership has two beautiful brand new Allroads, grey and black and both have been sitting there now for almost 2 months, no buyers. Even the Audi sales manager told me no one ever really wants the wagons. The A7s go within a week or less though. Kind of sad. This is a nice car.
        Burabus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        Lies, according to Autobloggers those wagons should be flying off the lot, especially if they had stick/diesel/rwd.
          Tina Dang
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Burabus
          No it's 6-Speed, diesel, AWD wagons that AB posters are blindly obsessed with.
          S.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Burabus
          Yes..AWD is an absolute necessity...for some reason :)
        Willie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        this car makes the wagon sexy no wagon today does this. and thats why it will sell.
          Pdexter
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Willie
          I i see it most wagons are most of the time better looking in wagon form. Over 70% of A4, A6 in Europe are wagons. Imo those cars where meant to be wagons.
      airekk
      • 2 Years Ago
      gorgeous! now THAT is how you get groceries.
      Eric
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some one get this and a Panamera on the same track. I would looove to see a comparison of these two beasts. It would be cool to see Mercedes make this shooting break into a "7" seater with the fold down seats in the trunk. I grew up sitting in that back row, probably explains why I love wagons so much.
      DRO3000
      • 2 Years Ago
      what a dumb car....seriously...who would spend that kind of money on this monstrosity? I see this going the same route as the 5 series GT lol....not good
        S.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DRO3000
        Do not compare this to that ugly turd, the 5 series GT
        TsarBomba
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DRO3000
        I'd totally spend that kind of money on this car. What a fantastic machine, and sexy to boot!
        joejoe509
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DRO3000
        I'd have to drive them, but I'd probably lean toward a E63 AMG Wagon before this car. I'd probably even take a Panamera but I think it's actually more expensive.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can someone please tell me why this car needs so much power? The guy in casket is dead. What's the hurry?
      Trent
      • 2 Years Ago
      I do not care for it. I like Mercedes but this car just doesn't do it for me.
      Trent
      • 2 Years Ago
      I do not care for it. I like Mercedes but this car just doesn't do it for me.
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