Two important events make 2007 a particularly important year for Mercedes-Benz and the AMG: firstly, the introduction of a new top model – the Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG high-performance coupé with its 612 hp V12 engine – which completes the unique AMG range and also marks a special anniversary: the high-performance brand of the Mercedes Car Group (MCG) celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2007.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG is another dream car in the AMG model range. In the unique high-performance coupé, the powerful AMG 6.0-litre V12 bi-turbo engine, which is also found in the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG and Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG twelve-cylinder models, ensures a truly outstanding driving experience. The Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG reaches a speed of 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and a speed of 198 km/h in 13.3 seconds, thanks to the maximum power of 612 hp and maximum torque of 737.56 Ibs-ft. It can go up to 255 miles per hour (electronically limited).
Standard equipment includes the AMG body style, AMG 20-inch forged wheels, the unique AMG interior and state-of-the-art technology such as the AMG sports suspension, based on the Active Body Control system, and the anticipatory occupant protection system PRE-SAFE® . New for 2008, the high-performance AMG braking system with dual-frame sliding calipers provides maximum deceleration without fading.
A brief history of the Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG
The initials A and M stand for the names of the company’s founders, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher respectively, while the G stands for Aufrecht’s hometown of Grossaspach. Aufrecht and Melcher started a racing and tuner company forty years ago in 2008. They took over an old mill as their headquarters. Their small company has developed into a high-performance car manufacturer with 750 employees.
Mercedes-Benz 300SEs took part in European touring car races and the first AMG racing cars were based on them. It was a turning point when an AMG-built 300SEL won its class in the 1971 24 Hours of Spa. AMG has won five German Touring Car Championships and one International Touring Car Championship From that moment on. In 1997 AMG won its first FIA GT Championship and the following year it won all 11 races. AMG has been supplying Formula 1 with safety and medical vehicles for almost ten years.
AMG expanded its road car business along the way, and its first big hit was the 190 in 1983, which put AMG, already known among racers, on the map with buyers of Mercedes production cars. Another turning point came in 1990, when AMG and Mercedes-Benz agreed to sell and service AMG-built Mercedes cars at Mercedes dealers. Mercedes-Benz debuted in 1993 with the C36, the first car it co-developed with AMG. In 1999, Aufrecht sold a majority stake in the company to DaimlerChrysler, which subsequently bought the entire company in 2001.
The CL-Class, on the other hand, is a large luxury coupe that serves as the model of Mercedes flagship Benz for technological features. For 2007, the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class was completely revamped, with new aesthetics, technical upgrades, more powerful engines and more lavish (and nerdy) equipment than ever before. For 2008, the CL65 is also available in a Liquid Metal 40th Anniversary Edition. The CL65 AMG competes with exotic sports cars while retaining the comfort and technological innovations of previous CL-Class variants.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG is an engineering masterpiece
The 6.0-litre twin-turbo V-12 engine produces 604 hp and is mated to an AMG Speed-shift five-speed automatic transmission with sport, comfort and manual modes, as well as shift paddles on the steering wheel. The top speed is, as usual, electrically controlled up to 250 km/h. Mercedes claims 4.4 seconds to 60 mph, which is about the same as the SL65, but we’ll probably be able to do it in the tall trees.
The tires are 255/35 ZR-20s in the front and 275/35 ZR-20s in the rear, all mounted on AMG forged wheels. At the front, dual slide calipers combine the benefits of floating calipers (less heat transfer, for example) with the performance of fixed calipers, AMG said. A large caliper is used on the rear brakes. The cross-drilled discs are made of composite material. If a normal CL65 AMG is not enough exclusivity for you, there is also a 40th anniversary variant that celebrates four decades of AMG.
2008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG offers exciting benchmark design
The car comes with an AMG body kit with larger air intakes, side air outlets and round fog lamps, as well as AMG 20-inch forged wheels, an exclusive AMG interior and an Active Body Control sports suspension that uses sensors to adapt the suspension hydraulics to unevenness in the road, with the aim of reducing body movements during acceleration, braking and cornering. Mercedes claims the brakes are huge, measuring 15 inches in diameter at the front and 14 inches at the rear, and capable of stopping the car from 100 mph at 116 feet.
The “AMG Alubeam” paint, which has only been seen on a few show cars, is exclusive to this model series of only 40 cars worldwide. Mercedes claims that the new painting process uses nanoparticle technology. For better resistance to car washes and the like, the particles form a tight bond. Tiny pigment particles reflect the light much more intensely, creating the illusion of molten metal on a vehicle. It’s beautiful, but it’s also pricey. The interior features Nappa leather with an Alcantara headlining and the ’40th Anniversary’ lettering on the center console.