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Mercedes-Benz CL 600

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The New Mercedes-Benz CL Debuts

The launch of the new CL-Class in autumn 2006 will be the culmination of a Mercedes-Benz coupe tradition going back over 50 years. The two-door model combines peerless exclusivity and charismatic design with the sort of cutting-edge technology that very few other manufacturers can match. The luxury Coupe raises the bar in terms of vehicle safety with the Pre-Safe brakes: the unique system automatically brakes the Coupe before an imminent rear-end collision. Furthermore, Mercedes innovations such as the Active Body Control (ABC) suspension system, the Intelligent Light System with five lighting functions and Pre-Safe anticipatory occupant protection all come as standard. Two powerful engines with 8 or 12 cylinders (CL 500 and CL 600) are available, delivering a notable increase in output and torque. Thanks to their exemplary smoothness they also live up to the Mercedes heritage of superb motoring refinement.

Powerful V12 Engine

The new luxury Mercedes-Benz CL 600 is ready for any challenge on motorways and rural roads thanks to its ultra-modern biturbo twelve-cylinder engine. Mercedes engineers have enhanced numerous de-tails of the power unit and, compared to the predecessor model, have increased output by 17 bhp to 517 bhp. The maximum torque, already on tap from 1900 rpm, has been improved further by 22 lb-ft to 613 lb-ft and remains constant up to 3500 rpm. The new CL 600 accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds (previous model: 4.8 seconds). And despite the significant performance boost the V12 engine consumes 0.4 liters less fuel than the previous CL 600 per 100 kilometers.

Mercedes-Benz has combined the standard-fit automatic transmission with the new Direct Select gearshift: the driver can select the transmission settings P, N, R and D by nudging a lever on the steering column. Operating commands are transmitted electronically by wire.

Interior: Equipment For Even the Most Discerning Driver

Style finds its way into the interior too: the large side window aperture draws the eye to the stylish dashboard, exquisite wood trim and soft leather upholstery. In an instant you realize that everything in the interior of the new CL-Class is designed for comfort and relaxation. The atmosphere is reminiscent of an exclusive club: take a seat and enjoy. Five stylish color combinations are available; automatic climate control, Comand with car radio and CD/DVD player as well as a glass sunroof are all part of the standard specification, elements that come together to deliver a unique motoring and comfort experience.

In the top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz CL 600 the Exclusive Passion leather appointments, specially selected poplar wood and an Alcantara roof liner with quilted seams provide the finishing touches to an exquisite first-class ambience, a look and feel also echoed in the seats with their designo styling, the chromed door sill panels and floor mats with leather edging. The standard specification also includes dynamic multicontour seats with massage function and seat ventilation, the hard-disc navigation system Comand Aps, the Logic7 surround sound system with DVD changer and the Keyless-Go access and drive authorization system.

Active Body Control

The standard specification in the new Mercedes CL 600 features technological innovations that no other manufacturer can match anywhere in the world. First and foremost is the Active Body Control (ABC) suspension system, which in its latest, even more sophisticated guise delivers unprecedented handling dynamics while offering an equally appreciable improvement in ride comfort. Based on sensor signals and using specially designed hydraulic cylinders at the axles, ABC all but entirely eliminates the customary pitch and roll of the body that occur when moving off, cornering and braking. ABC responds with split-second speed to ensure the body damping is adjusted instantly to any situation. At speeds above 40 mph, ABC lowers the body by up to half an inch to reduce drag and improve handling stability.

Pre-Safe: Automatic Braking Before an Impending Accident

Mercedes-Benz is the world's first car brand to develop an anticipatory occupant protection system that recognizes a potential accident situation in its early stages and takes anticipatory occupant protection measures: Pre-Safe is standard-fit on the new CL-Class. During emergency braking or when skidding is imminent, the system moves the passenger seat into the most favorable position so that seat belts and airbags have maximum effect on impact. It also inflates air cushions in the dynamic multicontour seats (standard in the CL 600), which envelop and support the driver and front passenger. Pre-Safe also closes the side windows and the sunroof in critical situations where high lateral dynamics are generated.

Source - Mercedes-Benz