2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition
2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (top); 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition. Click image to enlarge

Montreal, Quebec – Mercedes-Benz has presented two Canadian debuts at the Montreal Auto Show: the new 2012 CLS-Class and Canadian-exclusive 2011 C63 AMG Affalterbach edition.

Exclusive to Canada and limited to just 30 units, the C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition was designed in the AMG Performance Centre in Affalterbach, Germany and features unique styling cues and a list of special equipment that has never been offered before on a C63 AMG.

Features include designo MAGNO Allanite Grey paintwork, 19-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels, carbon fibre mirror housings and rear spoiler, AMG Nappa leather sports seats with Affalterbach logo, and a special badge. Power comes from a hand-built 6.2-litre V8 engine offering 481 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, propelling it from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds. Available in the spring of 2011, it will start at $81,500.

The new CLS-Class makes its Canadian premiere at the show, combining the elegance of a coupe with the comfort and functionality of a sedan.

“The new CLS-Class points the way forward for the future perceptible design idiom of Mercedes-Benz,” said Professor Gorden Wagener, head of design at Mercedes-Benz. “At the same time, it takes its inspiration from the great tradition of stylish, refined sportiness which has always been a feature of Mercedes-Benz coupes.”

Several features distinguish the CLS-Class, including optional full LED headlamps that are the world’s first to offer all of the regular dynamic light functions using LED technology.

The CLS550 4MATIC uses a 4.6-litre bi-turbo V8 producing 402 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, while the CLS63 AMG uses an all-new, hand-built AMG 5.5-litre V8 bi-turbo engine producing 518 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. When the optional AMG Performance Package is added, engine output rises to 549 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque.

In Canada, the CLS63 AMG will be available in the summer of 2011, with the CLS550 4MATIC on sale in the fall.

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