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2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Coupe

2dr Cpe 6.3L V8 AMG RWD

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  • $142,700 original MSRP
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2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Coupe

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Coupe

The CL-Class cars are the ultimate combination of luxury sedan and race-qualifying performance. The CL-Class boasts the same elegant, luxurious interior design as the S-Class sedan: ample leathers, refined wood and metallic trim are part of its exquisite finish. The top-performance AMG versions, CL63 and CL65, appeal to those who value exclusivity and lap times yet still want the comforts of a true luxury vehicle. Ultimately, little comes close to the CL65 AMG, with 604 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, it offers unparalleled power and performance to go along with the ultimate in luxury.

What's new for 2009?

All four models from 2008 -- CL550, CL600, CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG ? return for 2009. The CL550 gets all-wheel-drive but it will not be available on the other models. This year, the CL550 comes standard with keyless ignition and entry and heated/ventilated front seats. All CL-Class models now have gearshift paddles in place of gearshift buttons, as well as a hill-hold braking function.

Model Strengths

  • Grand Touring style and speed
  • strong performance
  • exclusive AMG models
  • interior technology and ultimate luxury

Model Review

Based on S-Class platform, the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is offered in four different versions. The CL550 4MATIC, the all-wheel-drive version, is powered by a 5.5L V8 engine producing 382 horsepower, 391 pound-feet of torque, and 7-speed automatic transmission. Next up is the CL600, which gets a 5.5L V12 bi-turbo engine making 510 horsepower and a noteworthy 612 pound-feet of torque, paired with a 5-speed automatic.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com's editors have driven several versions of the new Mercedes-Benz CL-Class in order to bring you their expert opinion here in this Bottom Line review. TheCarConnection.com has also researched road tests on the new Mercedes-Benz CL-Class to bring you some of the most useful information on how this luxury coupe measures up.

If you want a coupe with high performance, luxury, elegance, and some of the world's top technology, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is all that. The German auto manufacturer introduces 4Matic all-wheel drive for its 2009 CL550 model.

Because of the negligible gas mileage trade-offs and the year-round traction and stability benefits (on both wet and dry roads) all-wheel drive provides, the systems are becoming increasingly popular. The 2009 CL550 4Matic is identifiable by its 18-inch wheels from the outside, while the inside comes standard with new equipment, including heated and ventilated front seats and the Keyless-Go system.

The CL550 is pushed by a 5.5-liter V-8, making 388 horsepower, that's teamed to a seven-speed automatic. There's a manual shift mode that can be operated without moving your hands off the wheel. The CL-Class's V-8 has plenty of torque to move quickly and handle with surprising agility--thanks to the sophisticated Active Body Control (ABC) system, which controls ride height and suspension firmness and can adjust almost instantaneously for quick maneuvers. The steering, however, is light and doesn't communicate much from the road. Also thanks to ABC, ride comfort is among the smoothest and most settled of any vehicle.

In addition to the new CL550 are three other coupes. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL600 is powered by a V-12 engine with 510 hp and 612 pound-feet of torque. Two AMG editions also are sold: a CL63 with a 518-hp V-8 and a CL65 with 604 hp and 738 pound-feet of torque. The CL600 and CL63 AMG have similar power ratings, though they have very different personalities behind the wheel. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL600 has immense torque, with a quiet, refined experience somewhat like the Bentley Continental, while the CL63 AMG is edgier and more raucous-sounding in everything from its ride to its sharper handling response. The especially exclusive CL65 AMG competes with exotic sports cars without sacrificing the comforts and tech features offered in the other CL-Class models.

The CL series avoids the potential clutter of buttons and switches by integrating the controls of many of the nonessential accessories into Mercedes-Benz's "Intuitive Operating Concept" screen-driven interface. Contrary to the name, some of the features can be hard to find in this system, although it's easier to navigate than BMW's iDrive. Inside, with or without the optional multicontour feature, the front seats are comfortable for even the longest drives, and the backseats are very roomy for a coupe, though entry and exit are difficult. The interior design of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class takes a minimalist approach--with an emphasis instead on rich materials like a mix of attractive wood trim and shiny bits on the dash, as well as suedelike Alcantara elsewhere and supple seat leather.

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class has not been crash-tested, but there's a trio of techno systems designed to reduce the risk of a collision using forward-looking microwave radar. Brake Assist Plus will increase the level of pressure you apply to the brake pedal if it determines you're closing on the car ahead too quickly. Pre-Safe will take other steps, such as tightening seatbelts and preparing the airbags, if it senses a collision is unavoidable. Like other active cruise control systems, Distronic Plus will maintain the speed of traffic ahead--and hold a safe distance from the car immediately in front. But it can also bring the CL to a complete stop in traffic, then start up again when the car ahead begins to move. Blind Spot Assist, which monitors both blind spots and warns the driver whenever a turn signal is activated, is now part of the optional Distronic Plus system. For parking, there are ultrasonic sensors as well as a backup camera with a highlighted display that shows what's in your path as you turn; the system also includes a blind-spot assist feature.

Standard equipment on the base 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL550 includes a hands-free calling system, the Parktronic parking aid, a power rear sunshade, and a 600-watt audio system with memory card slot. Top features on the CL line include multicontour front seats with massage. All 2009 CL models receive the Hold convenience braking feature, as well as new gear shift paddles on the steering wheel and push-pull power window switches as standard equipment.

Also available on the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is a night vision system that bathes the area ahead in infrared light to help spot obstacles in the coming road under some of the darkest conditions.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class doesn't skimp on traditional luxury, and it's the flagship model for technology features in the Mercedes-Benz line.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

The MBCPO Limited warranty provides vehicle coverage for 12 months and Unlimited vehicle miles and begins at the expiration of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection Yes
Return/Exchange Program Yes. See dealer for details.
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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