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By Cars.com Staff
June 2, 2010
Vehicle Overview The CLS-Class, a sedan with coupelike styling, comes in two models: the CLS550 and the high-performance CLS63 AMG. The CLS-Class competes with the likes of the Audi A8, BMW 650 and Jaguar XK.
New for 2011 Changes are minor, with the previously optional Sport Package now standard on the CLS550, including 18-inch AMG wheels, high-performance summer tires and steering-wheel shift paddles. Also, the new "mbrace" telematics system is standard, offering features such as remotely locking and unlocking the vehicle with an iPhone or BlackBerry.
Exterior The CLS-Class features a high belt line and short side windows. A distinctive body crease rises from the front wheel arch, extends across the side and continues through the contoured rear light cluster into the back bumper.
Standard 18-inch wheels
Optional 19-inch alloy wheels
Standard projector-type headlights
Optional bi-xenon headlights
Optional automatic cornering light function with bi-xenon headlights that switches on cornering lights during a turn, pivoting to follow the driver's steering
Interior The CLS seats up to four. The instrument panel's central speedometer is flanked by a tachometer and clock. Bar-graph displays show the fuel level and coolant temperature.
Standard "mbrace" telematics system
Standard six-disc CD/DVD player
Four-zone climate control
Standard power front seats
Optional heated and cooled seats
Optional massaging front seats
Under the Hood The CLS550 and CLS63 AMG come with V-8s, though they share no engine parts.
382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8 with 391 pounds-feet of torque (CLS550)
507-hp, 6.3-liter V-8 with 465 pounds-feet of torque (CLS63 AMG)
CLS63 AMG has an optional Performance Package, which includes a top speed of 186 mph, a sport suspension with stiffer brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels, a limited-slip rear differential and a sport steering wheel
Safety Mercedes' Pre-Safe system is standard. It pre-tensions seat belts, moves the seats into a safer position and closes the sunroof if the system's forward-looking radar senses an impending collision.
Standard front and rear side-impact airbags
Standard side curtain airbags
Standard electronic stability system
Standard antilock brakes
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