What's new: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG is unchanged following slight styling revisions for the 2011 model year.

Pros: Ridiculous power, crazy torque; beautiful design will always look good; the ultimate Mercedes-Benz -- just don't tell SLS owners

Cons: Huge money for "just" a Mercedes; depreciation likely to take a huge toll; surprisingly small rear seats considering the CL's size


The V12-powered Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG sits atop the brand's CL-Class lineup thanks to its enormous engine and premium pricing. Like all CL-Class models, it borrows a platform from Mercedes' full-size S-Class luxury sedan, while its engine is shared with the wild S65 AMG. All CL65 AMG models offer two doors, four seats and a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Under the CL65's hood lurks one of the most explosive powerplants in the automotive industry: a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12. Power stands at a massive 621 horsepower, while torque is an even more ridiculous 738 lb-ft. The CL65 AMG reaches 60 mph in around four seconds, a mean feat considering nearly 5,000 pounds.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG starts around $213,000, which makes it one of the most expensive models in Mercedes' lineup. It's even more expensive than the SLS supercar, which starts at just over $200,000. Its price is vastly above other CL-Class models -- even the CL600, which is also powered by a twin-turbo V12, but starts at just $160,000.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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