What is it? Mercedes' latest AMG hot rod turned heads in LA when the German automaker unveiled the new CLS63. With its unique "four-door coupe" silhouette, the 2012 model will be its first freshening since the CLS-Class debuted in 2006. The featured CLS63 is powered by the company's mighty 518-hp, 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V8. And just in case you need more power, there's an optional Performance Package that boosts the V8 to a bulky 550 hp.
Combined with the standard seven-speed automatic transmission, the company estimates that the fire-breathing road warrior will get 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway. While this AMG might not be at the top of the Greenpeace International recommended gift list, Mercedes says the car's new fuel-saving technology represents an improvement of up to 33 percent compared with the preceding model.
Our experience with the last CLS showed that the car had capable handling, but not enough to make it as a sporty car. The ride was mostly steady, and noise levels were hushed. But the styling's low roof, small windows, and reduced interior space compromised the CLS's access, visibility, and trunk room.
When will it be available? Summer 2011.