2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550 First Drive

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    2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550 First Drive

    2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550 First Drive
    Edmunds
    November 23, 2010
    By Daniel Pund






    "Do you know that there are four versions of this car that are more powerful than this one?" we said aloud when we first rammed our foot to the floorboard in the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550.

    "That's just...stupid!" We were ostensibly talking to our co-driver. But he only responded with the occasional, "Meh."

    But this really was a pretty remarkable thing. Such is the torque produced by the new twin-turbo 4.6-liter V8 that this monument to elegant touring, this two-and-a-quarter-ton luxury coupe, lunges forward like, well, something that lunges forward quite aggressively. Our eyebrows stayed raised for some time after each big, dumb kick of the right pedal.

    And this was the poor man's CL — the one with a piddling 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. And at a starting price of $114,025, you needn't be obscenely wealthy to get yourself a 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550. Mere filthy richness will suffice, sir.

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    Re: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550 First Drive

    Love.
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    Re: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550 First Drive

    So so so so so beautiful!!!

    I already saw one on the road here.

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    Re: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550 First Drive

    I like the headlamp shape of the '10 model a bit more. I'm not a fan of MB's new headlamp design.
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    Re: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550 First Drive

    I've always liked this and the SL and would love to own one if not for the possible high cost of maitenance.

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    Re: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550 First Drive

    So Mercedes has moved to a twin-turbo V8 setup? Not a bad idea.

    CL is a nice upgrade over the prior generation, but the design could use some more styling details, especially in the taillights.
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    And the rear window. Would have preferred the top edges to be squared off more. Little too 96 Taurus for me (not busting on Ford, just really disliked the egg like window). Some other minor interior quibbles, but that it just personal preference.
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    I hate the new snoutcher.

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    Re: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550 First Drive

    Eh, the exterior, especially the rear quarter and taillights, has always been awkward for me. "96 Taurus" is a great way to describe that rear window.

    But OMFG I love the pillarless doors and the interior

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt.w View Post
    Eh, the exterior, especially the rear quarter and taillights, has always been awkward for me. "96 Taurus" is a great way to describe that rear window.

    But OMFG I love the pillarless doors and the interior
    New Acura RL had "gentle love making" with jelly bean old Taurus for twice the price I would say.

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    Re: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550 First Drive

    I actually prefer the older one -- the rounded features of the front were more consistent with the rear end, unlike the new one.

    Personally, if I were going to spend $100k+ on a 2-door Mercedes, this would be a distant second to the SL.
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    Re: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550 First Drive

    Real nice car. No doubt about it.

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    Re: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550 First Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by wescoent View Post
    So Mercedes has moved to a twin-turbo V8 setup? Not a bad idea.
    Twin turbo setups have been rumored/predicted for at least 5 years now, in order to match BMW.

    Quote Originally Posted by emh View Post
    Personally, if I were going to spend $100k+ on a 2-door Mercedes, this would be a distant second to the SL.
    Ehh. The SL now looks like a toy.
    SLS on the other hand...

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    Re: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550 First Drive

    Most new Mercedes look like Japanese copies of Mercedes.

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