Mercedes-Benz CL-class - a luxury car with a coupe, built on the basis of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Since 1996, the Mersedes S-Class coupe models have become designated CL and form a separate CL-class. The model of the 140 series was first introduced in 1992, the 126 series in 1981.
In 1999, the new C215 body, made on the chassis of the new S-Class, appeared, and the model range was supplemented with new modifications, in which a whole range of technical innovations were used, used in the construction of 4-seat premium class coupes. The new coupe replaced the model that got on the conveyor in 1992, and although the car has a common base with the S-Class sedan, they look very different. And the oval headlamps give the new product some resemblance to the CLK. The predecessor was 72 mm longer and 60 mm wider, but at the same time the CL did not lose a single gram of solidity. But he gained smoother and more dynamic features.
Mercedes CL, like the S-Class, boasts many electronic tricks. Among them, the Keyless-Go access system, which allows you to open the door locks and start the engine without keys, is quite a special plastic card. The revolutionary cruise control system, named by the creators of Distronic, allows the car not only to maintain a constant speed, but also to change it depending on the traffic situation. A small radar located behind a false radiator grille monitors the distance to the vehicle in front and automatically changes the speed when it is braked or accelerated. The range of the sensor is 150 m.
At the same time, the control unit calculates the deceleration intensity so as to have time to extinguish the speed in front of the obstacle, but at the same time do not disturb the passengers with excessive braking. For the first time on the CL, the unique Active Body Control (ABC) suspension, which is part of the standard equipment, has been applied. It guarantees comfort, excluding longitudinal and transverse rolls.
With the help of high-pressure hydraulics, numerous sensors and powerful microprocessors, the active suspension instantly adjusts the cushioning of the body to the corresponding traffic situation, and thus reducing the dynamic body roll by 50% compared to the values of the previous CL model with a passive suspension and a damping system. Reducing body movement during acceleration, cornering and braking provides a higher level of safety. In this system, the hydraulically adjustable actuator cylinders in the suspension struts work in conjunction with passive shock absorbers and coil springs. They share the task of managing the suspension.
To dampen high-frequency oscillations of the wheels (6–20 Hertz), the new CL also features passive gas shock absorbers and coil springs, whose damping force is less than in traditional suspensions. This improves rolling comfort and reduces vibration. The need for traditional torsion stabilizers also disappeared due to the active stabilization of the body in the transverse direction. The threshold of the system is set equal to body vibrations of 5 hertz, while the fully active suspension operates in the frequency range from 0 to 30 hertz, which requires disproportionately more energy and degrades driving performance. whose damping force is less than in traditional suspensions.
This improves rolling comfort and reduces vibration. The need for traditional torsion stabilizers also disappeared due to the active stabilization of the body in the transverse direction. The threshold of the system is set equal to body vibrations of 5 hertz, while the fully active suspension operates in the frequency range from 0 to 30 hertz, which requires disproportionately more energy and degrades driving performance. whose damping force is less than in traditional suspensions. This improves rolling comfort and reduces vibration. The need for traditional torsion stabilizers also disappeared due to the active stabilization of the body in the transverse direction.
The threshold of the system is set equal to body vibrations of 5 hertz, while the fully active suspension operates in the frequency range from 0 to 30 hertz, which requires disproportionately more energy and degrades driving performance. For the first time, the new CL coupe uses serial bi-xenon high and low beam headlamps with a greater aperture ratio; integral seats with lumbar support and heating, as well as an electronic tire pressure monitoring system. In addition, the CLAND is equipped with a COMAND control and display system, an ASR anti-slip system and a Break-Assist emergency braking system, side airbags, and seat ventilation.
The cars are equipped with an automatic five-speed gearbox, an on-board computer, a voice control system for the Linguatronic telephone, which provides a speakerphone via a cellular or satellite phone. In the event of an accident, the car itself, again via satellite, will report the incident and call for help. And this is not a complete list of standard features of a luxury coupe. In 1999, the model range was supplemented with new modifications - the CL 600 and CL55AMG.
Depending on the model, the cars are equipped with engines of various sizes and capacities: for the CL500 cars, a V8 engine with a volume of 5.0 liters and a capacity of 306 hp is proposed; for CL55AMG - V8 with a volume of 5.4 liters and a capacity of 360 liters. from. In the top of the collection on the coupe CL600 installed a 12-cylinder V-engine with a capacity of 5.8 liters and a capacity of 367 hp, which is able to accelerate the car weighing nearly 2.5 tons to "hundreds" in 6.1 seconds, the maximum the speed is electronically limited to 250 km / h, and the average European fuel consumption is 13.3 l / 100 km. The car moves responsively and gently.
Even at high speeds, the car is very well controlled and almost does not heel with excellent smoothness. Still would, wired by the latest generation ESP anti-skid system, as well as ABC. The elements of this car -"Unlimited" German autobahn. There you can afford 140, 180, and 240, too. The car is like a glove, the noise is not annoying, the steering is less sharp, and even when the speedometer approaches the limited 250 km / h, you do not feel any tension. Here it is "sportiness" in Mercedes!
You can pull the gear lever to the left and go to the "manual" mode, the number of the selected gear will be displayed on the display. In 2002, the largest and most luxurious coupe in the model range of the German brand Mercedes, bearing the name of the Mercedes CL, has undergone a slight modernization. Of the external changes, we note a slightly different design of the headlights, a new front bumper and slightly modified rear lights with four chrome stripes, almost completely repeating similar lights on the S-Class sedan.
In addition, as well as the Mercedes S-Class, the updated coupe will receive a slightly modified trim, which now uses better and more expensive trim materials, as well as a new set of basic and optional equipment. However, the main innovation for the Mercedes CL was the emergence of the newest 5.5-liter V12 bit turbine engine, borrowed from the Maybach, which will be available on the most expensive coupe version, as well as on the Mercedes S600 sedan. This engine develops power of 500 horsepower and has a maximum torque of 800Nm. From zero to one hundred coupe CL with this engine accelerates in just 4.8 seconds.
The start of production of the new Mercedes CL-Class in the fall of 2006 opened a new milestone in the history of the luxury sports coupe, which began back in 1952. The car successfully combines the traditions of the brand Mercedes and the latest technology. The luxurious and elegant coupe CL is created on the platform of the Mercedes S-class. However, the exterior of the car is completely original. Compared with soplatformennikom, the new Mercedes-Benz CL has grown in all dimensions: its length is 5065 mm (75 mm longer), width 1871 (14 mm wider), height 1418 mm (20 mm higher).
This made it possible to significantly expand the space for all four passengers, and to increase the luggage compartment to 490 liters. The new design looks somewhat more dynamic, sophisticated and elegant. Distinctive features of the new generation have become a luxurious exterior and interior design.
The CL is a sample of the new Mercedes-Benz style, a feature of which is the combination of expressive fast-moving lines and elegant, calm planes. The front part is dominated by a ribbed grille with a centered Mercedes-Benz star. The main design element is the headlights. From a technical point of view, they represent the most advanced intelligent lighting system to date - the Intelligent Light System. Two embossed lines, “drawn” at different heights along the entire length of the body, structurally form the appearance of the side, dividing calm planes and giving a noble elegance to an elongated silhouette. Designers call this peculiar relief molding a characteristic line.
At the rear, the “characteristic line” fits exactly to the rear lights that extend far into the sidewalls. A horizontally structured bumper and spectacular twin tailpipes highlight the sporty character of the Mercedes CL. The sportiness of the model is also emphasized by the range of power units; only the most powerful engines are installed on the coupe: an eight-cylinder engine of 5.5 liters and a power of 388 hp. for the modification of the CL500 and a 12-cylinder engine with double turbocharging of the same volume, developing a power of 517 hp for the top-end version of the CL600.
Both engines are paired with an automatic transmission 7G-Tronic, and the standard shift lever has been replaced by a special steering column switch. Acceleration time to 100 km / h is 5.4 seconds for the CL 500 and 4.6 seconds for the CL 600. The maximum speed of both cars is electronically limited to 250 km / h. We should also note the active suspension Active Body Control (ABC). It allows you to avoid the rolls of the car when cornering, intense acceleration, braking, adjust the ground clearance, change the stiffness of shock absorbers at the request of the driver.
At speeds above 80 km / h, the system automatically reduces ground clearance by 10 mm to improve the aerodynamic characteristics of the car. The interior successfully combines leather trim and inserts of expensive wood and chromed metal. The interior is immediately attracted attention elegant dashboard, trimmed with soft leather. Five colors of the upholstery, climate control for 4 zones, the on-board electronics control system Command, an audio system with a CD / DVD player, and an electric sunroof are available for demanding taste. In the list of additional equipment there are options such as parking sensors with rear view camera, night vision system and voice control of some functions.
In the top-end configuration of the Mercedes-Benz CL600, in addition are available: heated leather seats, ventilation and vibratory massage functions, navigation equipment, a premium LOGIC7 surround sound system. Let us dwell in more detail on the proprietary system Command. She allowed to reduce the number of buttons and switches in the Mercedes-Benz CL, and at the same time expand the functionality of all electronics. First of all, the system provides quick and convenient access to the most frequently used functions such as radio, CD / DVD player, telephone and navigation. Depending on preferences, the driver can control them from the steering wheel or a joystick on the center console.
A bit later, a “charged” version of the CL 65 AMG with a 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine with a capacity of 612 hp appeared. Acceleration to 100 km / h in the rear-wheel drive CL 65 AMG takes only 4.4 seconds. The maximum speed is limited by electronics and is 250 km / h.
The standard CL AMG equipment includes 20-inch wheels, a unique corporate design of the cabin, the presence of the Active Body Control sports suspension and the PRE-SAFE brake system, which automatically stops the car in case of a possible accident. In addition, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the studio AMG launched a special limited edition CL 65 AMG "40th Anniversary". The special status of the model (40 pieces in total) is underlined by the unique color of the body, which is used only for Mercedes show cars. Through the use of special technology paint creates the illusion of liquid metal, flowing around the silhouette of a coupe.
For the salon, trimmed with leather Nappa, selected two-tone color scheme. On the headrests of the front seats posted logos V12. The steering wheel is also upholstered in Nappa, and the inserts are made of carbon fiber. The inscription on the console is emblazoned with the 40th Anniversary, and the ONE OUT OF 40 badge, that is, “one out of forty,” adds even more exclusivity. In the summer of 2010, the presentation of a restyled Mercedes CL on the Cote d'Azur took place. Shortly after this event, the “charged” modifications of the flagship coupe CL 63 and CL 65 with the AMG index came out.
The Russian public got acquainted with the car at the Moscow Automobile Show held at the end of the summer of 2010. From an aesthetic point of view, the car received minor changes, among which, in particular, the new design of the front bumper and the chrome strip on the upgraded swept grille. Fog lights, direction indicators and parking lights are made with the new version of the LEDs. Intelligent head optics (ILS) also underwent changes, rear optics and mirrors acquired a different shape.
Versions of the coupe from the AMG tuning studio differ in appearance with a retouched body kit, a chrome-plated false radiator grille with a single crossbar and proprietary rims with a diameter of 19 or 20 inches. Spacious lounge meets luxury and unique luxury furnishings. Each element of the interior decoration is carefully selected, many wooden elements are processed manually.
Leather chairs with massagers and dozens of options for settings, luxurious multimedia system, interspersed with metal decor elements - all this and much more indicates a high level of cabin ergonomics. In the “charged” versions of the CL 63 AMG and CL 65 AMG, in each element of the interior design, the signature style of AMG specialists is read. This truly outstanding creation of the hands of the AMG design bureau's masters impresses with a harmonious combination of luxury style and sportiness elements. Sports seats even on the coolest turns will take care of effective support.
On the dashboard, the main menu is occupied by the AMG main menu with the Racetimer racing computer at the head. To match the magnificent exterior and luxurious interior design and the level of technological equipment of the Mercedes CL-class. The car is equipped with all the leading security systems (in particular, adaptive lighting, night vision system, active monitoring of "dead" zones and much more).
Video cameras monitor road markings and recognize road signs. So, if the driver crosses the dividing lane and does not react properly to what is happening, the car will automatically return to its lane. Similarly, the car will behave if the distance to the car (or any other object) going in the blind zone is significantly reduced. First, the system will beep (at the same time the steering wheel will vibrate), and then the car will take control in its hands and turn it aside. The Start-Stop function is capable of delicately jamming the motor at traffic lights and almost silently starting it again.
The standard equipment includes an Active Body Control active suspension with a sports hydraulics algorithm and a high-performance brake system. It is also worth mentioning the system Attention assist, which recognizes more than 70 different parameters, including signs of driver fatigue. Of the technical changes in the first place it should be noted that the V12 engine of 5.5 liters and power 517 hp now meets Euro 5 standards and, more importantly, this is the appearance of the new CL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY.
The V8 CL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY has been completely redone: the engine size has decreased from 5.5 liters to 4.7 liters, while it was possible to increase power and torque - 435 hp and 700 Nm instead of 388 hp and 530 Nm. Also, according to the manufacturer, fuel consumption has decreased: now it is 9.5 liters per 100 km instead of the previous 12.3. There is a new engine and the Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG. Bi-turbo engine V8 5.5-liter capacity and 544 hp replaced the 6.2 liter power unit capacity of 525 hp This power unit is paired with a seven-speed robotized transmission Speedshift MCT. The CL65 AMG has the same twelve-cylinder engines, but the power has increased by 28 liters. from.