2003 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

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$91,650

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3 trims

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Vehicle Overview
Several enhancements are likely for the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class coupe, but details have not yet been released. Essentially, the CL-Class is a two-door equivalent of the company’s high-end, ultra-luxury full-size S-Class sedan.

Mercedes-Benz launched the CL500 for the 2000 model year; it is equipped with a 302-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 engine. A CL600 coupe with V-12 power and the performance-oriented CL55 AMG soon followed. To save fuel, the V-12 engine can deactivate half of its cylinders. A 493-hp, supercharged 5.5-liter V-8 powers the high-performance CL55 AMG.

Distronic Adaptive Cruise Control and Parktronic parking assist are optional features. This radar-based system adjusts the car’s speed automatically to maintain a preset distance behind the vehicle ahead. A Keyless Go option permits the driver to start the car without inserting a key. Designo editions and a sport package are also available.

Exterior
The styling themes for these two-door models echo the appearance of the S-Class sedan, and the German automaker claims the CL-Class “recalls the glorious Mercedes coupes of the past.” Flowing fenders, four oval headlights, a smaller sloped grille that displays the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star emblem, and a wraparound back window help give the CL-Class a personality all of its own. Befitting its lofty-performance status, the CL55 AMG coupe has aerodynamic body trim, a firmer-than-usual suspension and 18-inch wheels.

All CL-Class coupes have Active Body Control, which is an active suspension with electronic controls that continuously adjust firmness to eliminate body roll and pitch during cornering, acceleration and braking. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights include heated wipers and washers. A power moonroof is standard.

Interior
Unlike Mercedes-Benz sedans that seat five occupants, the CL-Class coupes are built with two bucketlike rear seats to accommodate four passengers. The CL600 has unique Nappa leather upholstery and either burl walnut or chestnut interior trim.

A standard satellite-based navigation system has a touchscreen integrated into the dashboard. An SOS button is available for automatic emergency calling and is tied to the Tele Aid system, which also offers such services as travel reservations and sports and entertainment ticket purchases. Voice-activation operates the Bose audio system. An InfoServices option can deliver customized news headlines, stock quotes and other services via a wireless Internet connection.

Under the Hood
Three engines are available in the CL-Class. A 302-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 goes into the CL500. The CL600 employs a turbocharged 5.5-liter V-12 that generates 493 hp, and a 493-hp, supercharged 5.5-liter V-8 powers the potent CL55 AMG, which Mercedes bills as the “performance showcase.” The CL500 and CL600 work with a five-speed Touch Shift automatic transmission, and the CL55 AMG is equipped a five-speed SpeedShift automatic gearbox. Both the Touch Shift and SpeedShift versions permit manually selected gear changes when desired. The automaker claims that the CL500 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds.

Safety
Door-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats, curtain-type airbags that deploy from above the side windows to protect occupants’ heads, and rear side-impact airbags that protect the torsos of backseat occupants are standard. The front passenger’s airbag deploys at one of two levels depending on the degree of impact. Antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are also standard.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
Posted on 2/19/03

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

3.6

ACTIVE BODY CONTROL, epic fail on MB

Greatest v8 mercedes has ever built, with one HUGE pain and the behind, the suspension! Overall its a great bargain if you know how to work on cars lol.

5.0

Beautiful 2003 Mercedes CL 55 AMG Coupe

Great car just am in need of reducing my cars for I am downsizing. This is a beautiful example of the AMG Turbocharged Mercedes, great condition and always garaged

5.0

The CL 55 AMG is the best car I have ever owned

The 2003 Mercedes Benz CL 55 AMG is without a doubt the finest car I have ever driven. The fact that I own one is just the icing on top of the cake. I have driven some of the finest cars ever built including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi, Rolls Royce, Bentley, and of course, Mercedes Benz. In addition to this CL 55 AMG, I also have a CLK 550 cabriolet. In my mind the CL 55 AMG is the finest car I have ever driven. It has the right combination of luxury and sportiness that I find lacking in every other car in this spectrum. If I want to drive it hard, through some twisting turns, it responds beautifully. If I want to go fast, in a straight line, it handles that with ease. And if I choose to go down the freeway relaxing at 80 mph, it does that with equal aplomb. Overall, the car is simply everything I could want in a car, without the pain of spending the original sticker price of $124,000.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
48 months/50,000 miles
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
-12 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
Powertrain
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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