Nice road test report here with the new Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG. Enjoy!
AMG models have never lacked for acceleration, but only recently has Mercedes’ performance division begun to focus as much on handling dynamics and finesse as on brute force. The gullwinged SLS AMG stands as proof of this newfound total vehicle development methodology, and the CLS AMG takes lessons learned in the already swell E63 AMG to a new level. Where older AMGs adhered more closely to the Muscle Car School of Development (drop in a bigger engine, add wider meats and fiddle with the suspension a skosh), the new CLS63 benefits from a more holistic approach, with a wider track, unique front suspension and model-specific electromechanical power steering rack to deliver increased handling confidence at higher velocities.
Augmenting that confidence is the inclusion of the adaptive suspension’s Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus settings, which helped us tailor the car’s compliance to our liking whether we were chuntering along in San Diego traffic or barreling down the area’s winding mountain roads at inadvisable speeds.