Thursday, 2 August 2012

NEWS - Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

Some initial details have been released about a new Mercedes which is expected to launch late this year. Called the CLS Shooting Brake, it is based on the existing CLS and adds an estate-style body to what is a sleek saloon car. The end result is staggering, and already Mercedes' performance division, AMG, has 'breathed' on it somewhat, with the result looking stunning.

It will feature the 5.5-litre V8 bi-turbo engine which is found under the bonnet of many AMG models, and will produce 525 PS and 700Nm of torque. This will propel the Shooting Brake from a standstill to 62mph in a mind-blowing 4.4 seconds and easily onwards to the electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.

As has been the case in recent years, Mercedes are creating a car for a market segment that doesn't seem to exist. But then again, that's exactly what happened when the CLS hit the roads the first time round, and that has been a trendsetter. It was the first of the 'sleek' saloons we see now in the form of Porsche Panamera's and VW Passatt CC's.

Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, had this to say: "After the successes of the CLS 55 AMG and CLS 63 AMG, with the new CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake we are consistently pursuing the philosophy of offering our customers unrivalled, exciting high-performance cars. The CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake is establishing a completely new, small and select niche sector, and is expected to delight new customers just as much as it will existing AMG enthusiasts. The combination of performance, style and usability is unique."

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