2003 CL-Class New Car Test Drive
The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class features marvelous technology in an amazing package of leather, walnut and sleek sheetmetal. You could argue all day about the perfect car, but for those who want a luxurious yet athletic coupe, the CL-Class is as close to perfect as you're likely to come.
Three models comprise the CL-Class: CL500 ($90,750) is powered by a 302-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine.
CL600 ($118,950) has a 362-horsepower 5.8-liter V12 engine that saves fuel by running as a six-cylinder powerplant when cruising down the highway.
CL55 ($103,500) is customized by AMG, a team of racers turned car tuners. Its hand-built 5.5-liter V8 produces 355 horsepower. This high-performance model grips the road with wide, low-profile tires mounted on special 18-inch wheels.
Every CL comes with advanced technology such as active body control suspension, a navigation system and much more. New for the 2002 model year are a Max Cool setting for air conditioning systems and a third memory setting for the front seats.
As if those three models don't provide sufficient exclusivity, Mercedes offers customized Designo versions ($9,300-$10,000) with striking paint, leather and wood combinations. A Sport Package ($4,900) is available for CL500 and CL600 and adds AMG monoblock wheels, high-performance front tires and a color-keyed AMG ground effects treatment.