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The CLS has always combined supreme elegance with stirring performance, and the AMG models take it to another level. Now the new ‘53’ AMG engine combines a 3.0-litre bi-turbo straight six with the instant boost of an electric compressor for even faster response.
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‘53’ is a new engine designation for AMG and under the bonnet you’ll find a 3.0-litre bi-turbo straight six engine that develops 435hp and torque of 520Nm. It’s augmented by an electric auxiliary compressor for instant boost and faster throttle response. The EQ Boost starter-alternator adds a further 22hp and 250Nm of torque and an engine-off coasting function. The net effect of all this engineering innovation? Zero to 62mph takes just 4.5 seconds yet combined CO2 emissions are just 200 g/km.
The AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission and 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution ensures high levels of traction whatever the road conditions. The AMG Ride Control+ air suspension constantly adjusts damping for outstanding driving dynamics with high ride comfort.
As a Mercedes-AMG model, rest assured that technological sophistication comes as standard with the CLS 53 4MATIC+. This includes the MBUX infotainment system that can be controlled either by ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice command or touch. A widescreen (12.3-inch) high resolution cockpit display offers a choice of three display styles, while an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot, 3D satellite navigation mapping, smartphone integration and a 590-Watt Burmeister sound system all come as standard.
Luxurious touches include 64-colour interior ambient lighting, Keyless GO, memory seats and 360° camera view for parking and manoeuvring.
The CLS combines the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon. The smooth, sweeping lines of the AMG CLS 53 conceal a useful amount of passenger and boot space beneath the coupé like profile. To differentiate the Mercedes-AMG version from the Mercedes-Benz CLS models, its designers have gifted it a twin-blade radiator grille, A-wing design front apron, AMG side sills and a rear apron with a diffuser insert plus twin tailpipes at either side.
Side panels carry a small ‘Biturbo 4MATIC+’ badge while the perforated front brake discs carry brake callipers with AMG lettering. Wheels are 19” aero-optimised alloys, though you’ll find 20-inchers on the options list.
Verdict: the CLS lends itself to the AMG treatment, being a comfortable, stylish and swift four-door coupé. With its mild-hybrid, electrically-boosted 3.0 bi-turbo the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+ delivers both high performance and ‘waftability’ – that magic carpet sensation that you’re speeding along with effortless ease. It’s a fresh take on the grand tourer template.