2012 cls63 amg review




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  • For anyone who follows tech innovations, the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG is like the iPhone 4S of automobiles. There's a sleek exterior.

    CLS63 AMG. Car Reviews But when you're in a car like the Mercedes- Benz CLS63 AMG, there's really only one way -- the long way.

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    2012 cls63 amg review

    2012 cls63 amg review

    In addition, the long hood and short deck shape mixed with the very low roofline watch your heads, everyone gives the CLS a muscular, ready-to-pounce shape. The changing times probably has the most to do with lack of impact these sedans with coupelike profiles now have. It might not deserve popping a bottle of champagne over, but it's not too bad for a hp luxury missile. It's not the fastest car I've driven this year, nor the best handling, nor the most luxurious, but it is one heck of a combination of the three.

    2012 cls63 amg review

    2012 cls63 amg review

    2012 cls63 amg review

    2012 cls63 amg review

    2012 cls63 amg review

    This Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG is still one of the best-looking cars built today, with terrific lines, even if the nose has more of a gaping mouth than the previous-gen car. The thing is lightning quick, with a great V8 exhaust note. The interior is beautiful, and these seats felt as though they were custom-built just for me. I love the flat-bottomed steering wheel with the Alcantara covering. It just feels great in your hands. The gear selector is a bit funky but you easily get the hang of it.

    The fail-safe brake option intervened twice for me on the freeway. I know, it's to help you from getting in a rear-end collision. But as quickly as these brakes bite, you want to hope the guy behind you has the same system, because you stop right now. The tiniest bit of brake pressure gives you percent brake force. Well, isn't this just a bad boy. And I love it. It's not the fastest car I've driven this year, nor the best handling, nor the most luxurious, but it is one heck of a combination of the three.

    2012 cls63 amg review

    Personally I like the CLS redesign. I think it makes the car look tougher, even more so in AMG guise. One thing about the AMG package is that the car rides a wee bit stiffer than perhaps what the standard CLS customer is accustomed to. It's not a problem but it's worth noting. And it definitely feels buttoned up. I love the engine and the gearbox. There's just a ton of grip and brake and the car felt nicely balanced. Driving it to home and back to work and a bit around town last night doesn't allow a chance to wring it out fully.

    For that, you'd need a racetrack. Instead of tolerating your presence and performing vehicular miracles with a yawn, the AMG physically tries to eject you, bucking-bronco style. Thank goodness the seats are as good as they are, because with the brakes, the forward thrust and the cornering capability, I found myself hanging on for dear life more than what should be legal in a four-door sedan. It would reduce both road rage and distracted driving, since no one would ever want to take their hands off the wheel to flip a bird or dial a phone.

    2012 cls63 amg review

    As Roger said, the lines are fantastic, and the curb appeal and presence have just the attitude I appreciate in a performance luxury sedan.

    The Alcantara throughout the interior, with carbon-fiber inserts, reminds me at the push of the AMG button that an aggressive sports car is at my beck and call. The steering wheel is fantastic and I love the substantial grip.

    The seven-speed automatic is great mated to the twin-turbo V8. I prefer to be more active in my driving, so I used the automatic modes only when I was feeling lazy or tired. Downshifting and engine braking with the pull of the left paddle emit a muscular, throaty growl best enjoyed with windows down to slow the car, honestly faster than I expected sans brakes. When cruising at highway speeds, the seventh gear is great in helping this hulk of a car achieve the mpg mark, and with a few quick downshifts, you are right into the powerband without a care in the world.

    2012 cls63 amg review

    One minor complaint, mostly because of my unfamiliarity of the car, is still, I think, noteworthy. The adaptive-cruise-control lever initially is easily confused with the turn signal. So the first few times, expect a few honks if you fail to signal a turn. However, after a little bit of driving, you'll sort it out. Another odd thing is the presence of the eco button and mode. I cannot imagine someone spending this kind of money on an AMG sedan to have it go into an eco mode every time you start it up.

    I was shocked when I stopped and the engine turned off. Some people might complain that the new CLS isn't as visually stunning as the original. To my eye it's still a looker and would win a beauty contest against the healthy field of competitors today. The changing times probably has the most to do with lack of impact these sedans with coupelike profiles now have. When the original CLS debuted, there was nothing like it.

    2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Road Test Review



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