2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS55 AMG
2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS55 AMG.
The CLS could get by on looks alone, but there's obviously more to it than that. There's power, for example. The key distinguishing element between the CLS500 and CLS55 AMG is under the hood, wherein resides a supercharged and intercooled 5.4-liter SOHC 24-valve V-8. This is the same engine used in the E55, and like other boosted Benz engines, it's a leering torque monster. Horsepower — 469 at 6100 rpm —, but 516 pound-feet of torque is enough to affect the rotation of the earth. Peak torque comes on at 2650 rpm, and there's enough of it to cover for the relative shortage of forward cogs in the five-speed automatic transmission and also to get the CLS out of the starting blocks in a serious hurry: 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, 0 to 100 in 9.8, the quarter-mile in 12.6 at 114 mph. That's Corvette turf, and pretty brisk for a two-ton car.
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