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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 [w/video]

Are You Team First-Gen Or Team Second-Gen? Mercedes-Benz has a long history of setting trends, which includes being the first company to develop technologies we take for granted today, like traction control systems, airbags and anti-lock brakes. It also kicked off the trend of propelling vehicles with motors, having built and sold the first automobile back in 1885. But it's not usually known for setting styling trends, which is exactly what the company did when it launched the CLS-Class back in 2004. Despite four doors staring you right in the face, the CLS was officially dubbed a... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Twin-Turbo 4.6L V8
Power:
402 HP / 443 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed Auto
MSRP:
$84,545
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