CL-Class 2003-2006
Key facts

New heights in design and technology

  • Model facelift for the captivating top-of-the-range coupé
  • Front end with bi-xenon headlamps in a modern clear-lens look
  • Newly developed 500 hp V12-engine with twin turbochargers
  • Occupant protection optimised with sophisticated crash sensors
  • Exclusive coupé interior even more luxurious

Dynamic, elegant lines combined with safety and driving enjoyment by virtue of high-tech innovations – it is with this high ideal that the successful Mercedes-Benz CL-Class has been revised and has once again set standards in design and technology. In autumn 2002 the top-class coupé was launched with a discreetly updated body design, an enhanced interior and the latest high-tech features.

The most obvious external features of this Mercedes dream car are the redesigned twin headlamps in a modern clear-lens look and the restyled front bumper, which accentuates the muscular appearance of the coupé even more strongly. The exterior mirror housings have also been modified and equipped with entry/exit lights which automatically illuminate the area around the front doors when these are opened or the central locking system is operated by remote control. This feature improves the safety and comfort of passengers when entering and leaving the car.

At the rear of the CL-Class the more brilliant appearance and redesigned lenses of the rear lights accentuate the elegant character of the coupé.

CL 600: 500 hp and from standstill to 62.5 mph in 4.8 seconds

With a newly developed 12-cylinder engine equipped with twin turbochargers the CL-Class now enters the performance class of thoroughbred, luxury sports cars. The V12 power unit of the CL 600 has an output of 500 hp and generates a maximum torque of 800 Nm from 1800 rpm with a charge pressure of one bar. Accordingly this advanced 5.5-litre engine exceeds the output of the previous Mercedes twelve-cylinder by approx. 36 per cent and its torque by no less than 51 per cent. With so much power beneath its bonnet the CL 600 accelerates from standstill to 62.5 mph in just 4.8 seconds (predecessor: 6.1 seconds). The maximum speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

In addition to the twin turbochargers the highlights of the new V12-engine include a special low-temperature circuit with two water intercoolers, three-valve technology and AC twin-spark ignition with constant ionic current measurement for optimal ignition. Thanks to this advanced engine technology and efficient emission control with two firewall-mounted catalytic converters the new Mercedes 12-cylinder already meets the stringent EU-4 emission limits for the year 2005. The fuel consumption of the CL 600 is 19.2 mpg.an output of 500 hp and generates a maximum torque of 800 Nm from 1800 rpm with a charge pressure of one bar. Accordingly this advanced 5.5-litre engine exceeds the output of the previous Mercedes twelve-cylinder by approx. 36 per cent and its torque by no less than 51 per cent. With so much power beneath its bonnet the CL 600 accelerates from standstill to 62.5 mph in just 4.8 seconds (predecessor: 6.1 seconds). The maximum speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

The 306 hp V8-engine of the CL 500 remains in this Mercedes model series in unaltered form.

Active Body Control: Even more precise with automatic load adaptation

All CL-Class models are equipped with a milestone in modern car engineering as standard: the Active Body Control (ABC) system. This unique system developed by Mercedes-Benz adapts the damping of the car body to the current driving situation in a split second, thereby reducing body movement to a minimum during drive-off, cornering and braking. For the 2003 CL-Class Coupés the engineers in Sindelfingen have developed an additional technology which constantly monitors the total weight of the vehicle and takes this value into account when calculating the active suspension control parameters. The result is even more dynamic handling, practically irrespective of the vehicle load.

Safety: Airbag activation according to accident severity and the weight of the front passenger

In the field of occupant safety the CL-Class Coupé with its two-stage front passenger airbag, windowbags and sidebags, high-performance belt tensioners, belt force limiters and automatic child seat recognition has been exemplary for this vehicle class ever since the start of series production in autumn 1999. From model year 2003 Mercedes-Benz supplemented this innovative safety technology with so-called up-front sensors at the front end which make it possible to assess the impact severity at an early stage during a crash and activate the front passenger airbag in two stages depending on the situation. Thanks to the up-front sensors the belt tensioners can also be activated at an earlier stage to ensure that the occupants are optimally restrained by the seat belts during a crash.

Another new feature is automatic weight classification of the front passenger with the help of a special membrane in the seat cushion. This means that the airbag is not only activated in two stages according to accident severity, but also according to the weight of the front passenger.

Interior: Stylishly enhanced features

From autumn 2002 the Mercedes designers also enhanced the exclusive interior of the CL-Class with careful design modifications. This becomes immediately apparent when entering the car. The centre console features new, attractively formed switches and the standard COMAND APS unit with an integral navigation, radio and CD-player, whose colour display (format 16:9) has been enlarged to 6.5 inches.

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