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Mercedes-Benz CL550: First drive report

Mercedes-Benz CL550

Nice first drive report here with the Mercedes-Benz CL550.

“Do you know that there are four versions of this car that are more powerful than this one?” we said aloud when we first rammed our foot to the floorboard in the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550.

“That’s just…stupid!” We were ostensibly talking to our co-driver. But he only responded with the occasional, “Meh.”

But this really was a pretty remarkable thing. Such is the torque produced by the new twin-turbo 4.6-liter V8 that this monument to elegant touring, this two-and-a-quarter-ton luxury coupe, lunges forward like, well, something that lunges forward quite aggressively. Our eyebrows stayed raised for some time after each big, dumb kick of the right pedal.

And this was the poor man’s CL — the one with a piddling 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. And at a starting price of $114,025, you needn’t be obscenely wealthy to get yourself a 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550. Mere filthy richness will suffice, sir.