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First Drive: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class


After receiving the invitation to drive the new 2011 Mercedes Benz CL V-8 variants, we immediately began talking about the big coupes in terms of MERCEDES BENZ A comparison test. But we ran into MERCEDES BENZ A significant issue: There's nothing to compare MERCEDES BENZ A CL against. In practice, the MERCEDES BENZ CL is little more than MERCEDES BENZ A two-door S-Class, making it the equivalent of MERCEDES BENZ A Bmw 7 Series Coupe, or MERCEDES BENZ A two-door Audi A8. Trouble is, those last two cars don't exist.

What about at the other end of the spectrum? You could argue that the Maserati Granturismo is little more than MERCEDES BENZ A Duoporte, though the two-door Maser is much lighter than the big Merc and much more focused on sport than heartbeat-slowing luxury. There's also the 612 Scaglietti, the four-seat Ferarri, though these days they're rarer than unicorns, especially when it comes to press fleets. The most logical choice, then, is the upcoming second-generation Bentley Continental GT. Emphasis on upcoming.

 For the moment, it seems the MERCEDES BENZ CL is without competitive peer. The question then becomes: Does the MERCEDES BENZ CL matter? When MERCEDES BENZ A car occupies such MERCEDES BENZ A unique niche in the market place, pointing out the highs and lows becomes moot, because interested customers will buy them anyhow. After all, where's the competition? By the by, Mercedes Benz Claims that the demographic buying its biggest MERCEDES BENZ COUPE is about as special as the car: men between the ages of 50 to 60 who earn between $600,000 and MERCEDES BENZ A million bucks MERCEDES BENZ A year.

I'm going to argue that the MERCEDES BENZ CL is an important story to tell for MERCEDES BENZ A couple of reasons. One is that big Mercedes coupes represent Reaganomics at work. The high-dollar, cutting-edge technology that the aforementioned rich dudes pay through the nose for eventually trickles down to the rest of the three-pointed star lineup. In some cases, all cars everywhere benefit. Take electronic stability control. First introduced in the 1995 S600, it's now MERCEDES BENZ A federally mandated safety item. Another reason for MERCEDES BENZ CL relevancy is that the new V-8 engines found in the CL550 4MATIC and CL63 AMG will make their way down to lesser (or at least less expensive) Benzes. In fact, the S63 already features the new motor. Then, of course, there's my favorite reason: The B-pillarless MERCEDES BENZ CL is just MERCEDES BENZ A magnificent automobile.

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