(Four wheels drive) 2 doors, sport package AMG, convertible or sport modes available, can be adjusted (lifted) for several inches if any obstacles arises on the road, heater/cooler/massage seats, full powered automatic windows by remote control, sun roof, cruise control, ABS breaks, vacuum doors lock, best stereo system (Bluetooth,USB CD player, CD changer,MP3)convertible seat controls, digital dashboard and night vision...
It’s big. With its S-class sedan underpinnings (on an 8.3-inch-shorter wheelbase), uninhibited dimensions, and too-long-at-dinner mass (4699 pounds), the new Mercedes CL550 (modestly face lifted, generously adrenalized) is one of the largest four-seat coupes on earth. Only the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé is bigger.
It’s potent. A new twin-turbo, 4.7-liter direct-injection V-8 boosts output over that of the old naturally aspirated 5.5-liter by 47 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, doing so with less displacement and a 2-mpg increase in highway mileage.
It’s sexy. The sweeping profile, an interior that’s a symphony of handsome stitchery, elegantly subdued colors, superb materials, and great seats—here’s a package that’s as seductive as Salome wriggling her way down to veil No. 1.
The various extras complement a standard-equipment list (nav system, 14-way power front seats, power tilt-and-slide sunroof, Harman/Kardon audio) that would otherwise seem to omit nothing.
Add a stout yet supple ride, plus a couple of new safety options (the lane-keeping system covers for attention lapses, and Active Blind-Spot Assist helps prevent side-swiping adjacent vehicles), and you have an ideal long-haul cruiser.
The 4Matic all-wheel drive works as invisibly as the engine's boost. It's an open-diff system, the center differential with a low-load "breakaway" clutch, with computer-controlled individual wheel braking to control wheelspin. Happily, torque is normally apportioned 45/55 front/rear, so the CL550 has a rear-drive feel and only mild understeer, no doubt helped by fat 255/35ZR-20 Continentals all around—part of the Sport Package Plus One that also includes 20-in. AMG split-spoke wheels and Sport fascias and side skirts. Thus equipped, the big Merc pulled a highly respectable 0.89g on the skidpad, with a yawing/tuck-in sensation under power that almost felt like a rear-axle torque vectoring system.