2007 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

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Engine Engine 5.5LV-12
MPG MPG 13 City / 19 Hwy
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2007 CL-Class Overview

Everyone knows Mercedes-Benz occupies one of the high rungs on the prestige ladder.It takes a long list of words to describe the characteristics that make the broad range of cars and SUVs from Stuttgart so desirable: they're luxurious and expensive, to be sure.But they're also known for handsome, modern design; superlative engineering; bank-vault solidity; precise build quality; an abundance of safety and security features; sportiness and European flair.Most of these traits come together in the all-new 2007 Mercedes CL coupe.

The CL is the seventh generation of a line of range-topping coupes dating back to the 1952 300S that have appeared sporadically through the years.Like those cars, the CL is a smaller, sportier version of Mercedes' big sedan line, in this case, today's S-Class.This time it follows the previous CL without interruption and its mission remains the same: high-performance and maximum luxury in high-style package.This is a car in which style purposely trumps practicality.

Pounding the point home is its hardtop design; there is no central B-pillar holding up the roof aft of the doors to break up the sleek lines of the body.With the windows down, the look is sexy and the view out is panoramic, recalling cars of the Fifties and Sixties when hardtops were in vogue.

Securing the right exterior proportions meant making the CL significantly shorter than the S-Class.This results in a close-coupled, intimate interior, the kind historically associated with coupes from time immemorial.We'd call the rear passenger area cramped, though similar models from BMW and Bentley actually have even less rear legroom.The CL is for being seen in.If you want practicality in a Mercedes, buy a different model.

The CL is also a car that's wonderful to be in, at least in the front seats.Its interior is sumptuous and inviting, dressed in the finest materials and tailored to perfection.Burled walnut, supple leather, brushed aluminum and designer-quality knobs and switches are everywhere you look and touch.The standard equipment list bulges with luxury items no one actually needs but almost anyone would love, from a Harman/Kardon 600-watt, 11-speaker audio system to soft ambient mood lighting.Through the Mercedes COMAND central computer interface offers many dozens of settings for seats, climate and sound system, lighting, GPS and much more can be customized to your personal preferences.

Like its predecessors, the CL manages to be sporty without being a true sports car.It comes in two versions: powerful or insanely powerful, with a choice of either a 382-hp V8 or a 510-hp V12.Its road manners are sophisticated, hushed and luxurious rather than aggressively aimed at carving up twisty roads.

It offers a breathtaking array of safety technology as standard: nine airbags; dynamic stability control; traction control ABS anti-lock brakes; automatic brake drying; seatbelt pre-tensioners, and automatic window closers, to name a few items.

The CL is ultra-luxurious, sexy, technologically advanced and very stylish with excellent all-around driving capabilities.With its occasional rear seating for two, it's roomier than a sports car but smaller than a sedan.We think the CL will be extremely appealing to a relative few drivers who …
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2007 CL-Class Overview

Everyone knows Mercedes-Benz occupies one of the high rungs on the prestige ladder.It takes a long list of words to describe the characteristics that make the broad range of cars and SUVs from Stuttgart so desirable: they're luxurious and expensive, to be sure.But they're also known for handsome, modern design; superlative engineering; bank-vault solidity; precise build quality; an abundance of safety and security features; sportiness and European flair.Most of these traits come together in the all-new 2007 Mercedes CL coupe.

The CL is the seventh generation of a line of range-topping coupes dating back to the 1952 300S that have appeared sporadically through the years.Like those cars, the CL is a smaller, sportier version of Mercedes' big sedan line, in this case, today's S-Class.This time it follows the previous CL without interruption and its mission remains the same: high-performance and maximum luxury in high-style package.This is a car in which style purposely trumps practicality.

Pounding the point home is its hardtop design; there is no central B-pillar holding up the roof aft of the doors to break up the sleek lines of the body.With the windows down, the look is sexy and the view out is panoramic, recalling cars of the Fifties and Sixties when hardtops were in vogue.

Securing the right exterior proportions meant making the CL significantly shorter than the S-Class.This results in a close-coupled, intimate interior, the kind historically associated with coupes from time immemorial.We'd call the rear passenger area cramped, though similar models from BMW and Bentley actually have even less rear legroom.The CL is for being seen in.If you want practicality in a Mercedes, buy a different model.

The CL is also a car that's wonderful to be in, at least in the front seats.Its interior is sumptuous and inviting, dressed in the finest materials and tailored to perfection.Burled walnut, supple leather, brushed aluminum and designer-quality knobs and switches are everywhere you look and touch.The standard equipment list bulges with luxury items no one actually needs but almost anyone would love, from a Harman/Kardon 600-watt, 11-speaker audio system to soft ambient mood lighting.Through the Mercedes COMAND central computer interface offers many dozens of settings for seats, climate and sound system, lighting, GPS and much more can be customized to your personal preferences.

Like its predecessors, the CL manages to be sporty without being a true sports car.It comes in two versions: powerful or insanely powerful, with a choice of either a 382-hp V8 or a 510-hp V12.Its road manners are sophisticated, hushed and luxurious rather than aggressively aimed at carving up twisty roads.

It offers a breathtaking array of safety technology as standard: nine airbags; dynamic stability control; traction control ABS anti-lock brakes; automatic brake drying; seatbelt pre-tensioners, and automatic window closers, to name a few items.

The CL is ultra-luxurious, sexy, technologically advanced and very stylish with excellent all-around driving capabilities.With its occasional rear seating for two, it's roomier than a sports car but smaller than a sedan.We think the CL will be extremely appealing to a relative few drivers who …Hide Full Review