February 24, 2003

Mercedes-Benz premieres 612 horsepower CL 65 AMG at Geneva Motor Show

Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG. Click image to enlarge

Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz will show four new models at the Geneva Motor Show: the new CL 65 AMG, the new CLK Cabriolet, the SLK “Final Edition”, and the E400 CDI diesel sedan.

The new CL 65 AMG exhibits stunning performance. Thanks to twin turbocharging, this engine develops 612 horsepower and makes a remarkable 1000 Newton metres of torque available from 2000 rpm. This makes the CL 65 AMG the most powerful AMG model to date. From standstill the CL 65 AMG accelerates to 100 km/h in only 4.5 seconds (provisional figure). Its maximum speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

The new AMG engine is based on the 12-cylinder unit of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. In addition to an increase in displacement from 5513 to 5980 cubic centimetres, numerous other modifications are responsible for the output and torque increase in the new CL 65 AMG. For example, the AMG engineers have increased ther cylinder bore from 82 to 82.6 millimetres, lengthened the stroke of the crankshaft by six millimetres to 93 millimetres and increased the charge pressure of the turbochargers to a maximum of 1.5 bar. In addition they have used forged pistons, main and big-end bearings made from extremely high temperature and pressure-resistant materials and enlarged the apertures in the injection nozzles to achieve a higher fuel flow.

Power is transferred by a five-speed automatic transmission with the SPEEDSHIFT function and steering-wheel gearshift. The exceptional torque of the V12 is always safely under control, thanks to modifications to various transmission components, the rear axle differential, the drive shafts and the wheel carriers.

Like all models in the CL-Class the new CL 65 AMG is fitted as standard with the Active Body Control (ABC) suspension system, whose spring struts have been configured for greater stiffness in the high-performance Coupé. The new CLK-Class Cabriolet is available with a choice of five different engines, ranging from 163 hp to 367 hp, and is the only convertible in its class available with eight-cylinder engines. Moreover, the new CLK-Class Cabriolet also has outstanding aerodynamics (Cd figure 0.30) and its trunk capacity of 390 litres (VDA measuring method) exceeds that of any other four-seater cabriolet. The newly developed soft-top opens and closes fully automatically at the touch of a button or by remote control.

Open-air driving pleasure of a very special kind is also provided by the “Final Edition” of the successful SLK Roadster, which Mercedes-Benz is also presenting to the public in Geneva.

SLK final edition
Mercedes-Benz CLK Final Edition. Click image to enlarge

Equipped with a vario-roof, the Electronic Stability Program, Brake Assist, sidebags and the other technical highlights of the SLK-Class, the use of high-quality trim and the finest materials makes this special model particularly eye-catching. The radiator grille is painted in a chrome-silver metallic finish, working in conjunction with the highly polished aluminium trim strips on the A-pillars and vario-roof to characterise the exclusive appearance of the Roadster. 16-inch light-alloy wheels in a five spin-spoke design accentuate the car’s sporty presence.

The interior of the “Final Edition” cossets the SLK’s occupants with newly designed sports seats upholstered in soft nappa leather in a choice of black or classic red. The same high-quality, natural material is also used to line the central areas of the door panels and the roll-over bars. For the centre console, shift gate and door handle surrounds the Mercedes designers have developed decorative trim of highly-polished, brushed aluminium. The instrument cluster is distin-guished from that in the standard SLK-Class Roadster by silver print on the dials and metal-coloured adjusting knobs for the clock and trip recorder. The “Final Edition” of the SLK-Class will be available from March 2003.

The world’s most powerful V8 car diesel engine will become available in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class from spring 2003. This twin turbocharger power unit with commonrail direct injection and other high-tech innovations develops an output of 260 hp from a displacement of 3996 cubic centimetres. By carrying out detailed improvements to the engine, the intercooling and the exhaust system, Mercedes engineers have achieved an output increase of 10 hp in the new E 400 CDI compared to the V8 diesel models in the S, M and G-Class.

As well, Mercedes-AMG is presenting two tailor-made mobile media and communication systems for the E and S-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. In the E-Class, the package consists of two monitors mounted on the rear of the front seat backrests which display TV images, video text or DVD films. Game consoles, mobile DVD-players and video or digital cameras can also be connected to this system. The new comunication system for the S-Class is designed for the requirements of business people. The folding armrest between the rear seats accommodates an innovative multi-functional unit which serves as a telefax, photocopier, printer, scanner and modem. Two interfaces are provided for operation with a notebook, mobile telephone or personal organizer.

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