Super-Mercs storm in

Published: 29 September 2006

Mercedes pulled the wraps off not one but two muscle-bound AMG monsters at the Paris show – the CL63 and S63.

Powered by AMG’s formidable 6.3-litre V8 that pumps out 525bhp at a screaming 6800rpm and 465lb ft of twist action at 5200rpm, the uber Mercs will both hit 60mph in 4.6seconds and are electronically reined in at 155mph. Given their flagship position in the Mercedes thoroughbred stable, both cars are naturally fitted with every single acronym in Mercedes’ safety, braking, luxury and performance lexicon. Among others, there’s Pre-Safe, Mercedes holistic safety system, Distronic Plus active cruise control, Command APS to control all the audio-visual functions, as well as ABC active body control. They will be easily identifiable too – fitted with kerb-kissing body kits, vast disc brakes squeezed in behind big 19inch wheels and four bazooka-style exhausts, the AMGs will be the ultimate combination of poise and power. They arrive in the UK early next year, both with price tags that start around the £110,000 mark. We’ve already driven the CL600 and once again, we’ll be the first behind the wheel of the CL63 and S63 early next week.

By Ben Whitworth

Contributing editor, sartorial over-achiever, HANS device shirt collars

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