Supreme solidity and heft; reassurance of extreme individuality; surprising performance for such a big, heavy car
Despite strong performance, purist enthusiasts will find it too heavy; with sharp styling trickling down into lesser Mercedes-Benz models, CL-Class looks less distinctive than it used to; platform is getting long in the tooth, and current design is in its last year
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is largely unchanged, as this is the last year before the model is redesigned. For this model year, the premium package is now standard on the CL550 4Matic and CL63 AMG models.
Among its considerably more exotic and flashy competitors, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class offers an understated alternative for well-heeled buyers seeking a quick, quiet and luxurious coupe. Though the base CL550 is no slouch, if you're already spending six figures on a super coupe, you'll likely find more satisfaction in the even higher performance and more exclusive CL63 AMG model. Though the $162,000 CL600 and $215,500 CL65 AMG versions are the rarest of the CL lineup (and among the most exclusive Mercedes-Benzes money can buy), performance enthusiasts might be disappointed by their 5-speed gearboxes, which simply can't match the flexibility of the 7-speed found in the CL550 and CL63 AMG.
With an all-new CL-Class slated for release in fall 2014, die-hard Mercedes-Benz fans will either want to go with the tried-and-true current model or patiently wait for what promises to be a very special refreshed version, which will likely be sleeker, lighter and even more powerful.
As the high-priced CL lineup already comes standard with a host of features, including heated and ventilated front seats, Napa leather throughout the cabin, keyless go, a sunroof and a Harman Kardon Logic7 surround sound system, options are few and far between.
The CL550 4Matic ($116,600) can be ordered with a sport package ($5,900) that includes 19-inch AMG wheels and more aggressive bodywork, or the Sport Package Plus One ($6,650) that switches to 20-in wheels. A driver-assistance package ($2,950) adds Distronic adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and blind spot assist.
Opt for the CL600 ($162,000) and you can add a number of wheel options, illuminated door sills ($700) and a split-view front entertainment system ($710).
The CL63 AMG ($154,600) offers illuminated AMG door sills ($1,000), a split-view front entertainment system ($710), the aforementioned driver assistance package ($2,950) and an AMG performance package ($7,300), which ups horsepower to 563 and torque to 664 lb-ft, while top speed is raised to 186 miles per hour.
The CL65 AMG ($215,500) offers only one option: a split-view front entertainment system for $710.
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Aston Martin DB9 -- The DB9's focus on grand touring luxury makes it a well-suited competitor to Mercedes-Benz's CL-Class. Starting at $183,700, the DB9 appeals with its handcrafted details and sumptuous interior.
Bentley Continental GT -- Bentley offers a stirring alternative to Mercedes-Benz, though the serious and grown-up attitude of its $174,000 coupe makes the Benz seem modern and contemporary by comparison.
BMW M6 -- A bit downmarket to the CL-Class, the $111,200 BMW M6 takes a more performance-oriented focus, while delivering a more understated interior treatment.