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The Daily Drivers: Mercedes-Benz CL 63 AMG mixes power and comfort

The engineering perfection we sampled a few months ago with the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG revisited us in the form of a coupe with the CL 63 AMG. Powered with the 2009 Engine of the Year 6.3-liter V-8, this solid and powerful road-hugger excelled in performance and comfort . Lyra Solochek and Peter Couture, Times staff writers

Performance: With 518 horses under the hood, there's no shortage of power. But the car still felt a bit hefty for a sports coupe. You have a choice of three driving modes that adjust shifting and suspension: comfort, sport and manual. In manual or sports mode, the suspension was firm and it sliced through turns.

Exterior: Sleeker than its sedan cousins, the coupe accentuates its sportiness: flared wheel arches, two twin chrome tailpipes, front bumper with side vents and chrome accent. One eye-catcher is the elegant no-pillar window opening.

Interior: The sport seats had plenty of bolstering to hold you during your tight turns. For a coupe, the rear seats had plenty of leg room for adults and were as comfortable as a living room couch. The interior is wrapped in fine leather, suede and wood-grain and chrome trims.

2010 Mercedes-Benz CL 63 AMG

Price: $145,200

Powertrain: 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V-8 with AMG Speedshift 7-speed automatic transmission, RWD

Horsepower: 518 at 6,800 rpm

Torque: 465 pound-

feet at 5,200 rpm

0-60 mph: 4.5 seconds

Dimensions

in inches:

Wheelbase, 116.3

Length, 200.2

Width, 84.2

Fuel economy:

11 miles per gallon city, 18 mpg highway

Fuel type:

Premium unleaded

Web site: www.

mercedes-amg.com

The Daily Drivers: Mercedes-Benz CL 63 AMG mixes power and comfort 11/25/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 7:33pm]

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