The Mercedes-Benz CL500 grows some more muscle and becomes the CL550 for 2007, a name change that reflects the new 382-hp V-8 engine. Joining it will be an even more burly CL600 that features a 510-hp, twin-turbocharged V-12.
The CL-Class is a two-door equivalent to the German automaker's high-end S-Class sedan. A navigation system is standard.
Keyless Go, a heated steering wheel, corner-illuminating fog lamps and an electronic trunk closer are standard on the CL600. Options include Distronic Adaptive Cruise Control, which adjusts speed automatically to maintain a preset distance behind the vehicle ahead.
Bulges around the wheels, a sculpted ridge along the lower sill and a subtle bodyside crease distinguish the 2007 CL from the 2006 model. There is also an optional AMG appearance package that adds new front and rear aprons and side skirts; 19-inch wheels are optional with that appearance package.
All CL-Class coupes have Active Body Control, which is an active suspension system that continuously adjusts firmness to eliminate body roll and pitch during cornering, acceleration and braking. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights include washers. A power moonroof is standard.
CL-Class coupes accommodate up to four occupants and have bucketlike rear seats. The CL600 has unique leather upholstery. Burl walnut or chestnut wood interior trim is available.
An SOS button for automatic emergency calling is tied to the Tele Aid system. Cooled seats are optional on the CL550 and standard on the CL600.
Under the Hood
A 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 goes into the CL550. The CL600 employs a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-12 that generates 510 hp and 612 pounds-feet of torque. The CL550 has a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. The CL600 uses a five-speed automatic transmission that also permits manually selected gear changes.
Side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags that deploy from above the side windows, and side-impact airbags that protect the torsos of backseat occupants are standard. The front passenger's airbag deploys at one of two levels. Antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are standard.
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