“Oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz” — a CLS 63 AMG to be precise. It’s what I want for Christmas.
If all my friends and family chip in, they might be able to come up with the $127,750 Mercedes-Benz is asking for its 2014 CLS 63 AMG S-Model. Hey, I’ve been really good this year …
Here’s what you get for that seemingly lofty price tag: A bi-turbo V8 engine producing 577 horsepower at 5,750 rpm, 590 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm, AMG Speedshift MCT Sports seven-speed manumatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, 19-inch AMG five-spoke wheels, red brake callipers, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, black Passion leather upholstery, automatic climate control, heated front and rear seats, power sliding sunroof, Keyless Go push-button start, Harman-Kardon Logic7 surround sound system with Sirius satellite radio, Comand APS with HDD navigation and DVD changer, backup camera and a dizzying array of safety features including dual-stage front air bags, driver’s knee air bags, pelvis air bags, ABS, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), Distronic Plus, Parktronic with Active Parking Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and about two dozen other safety features. It’s a lot of stuff packed into a truly gorgeous four-door “coupe.”
The CLS 63 AMG is safe, warm and comfortable — the perfect car to test during one of the coldest weeks of the year so far (temperatures got as low as -24C with the wind chill). Along with all the mod-cons comes Mercedes’ Airmatic air suspension with adaptive damping, which provides a smooth ride over unforgiving winter potholes.
And the performance is awesome, even in the snow. Mercedes had the car “winterized” — which means winter tires but no snow brush. When I asked why not, a spokesman said: “We never provide snow brushes in Mercedes.” I guess Mercedes-Benz owners never brush off their own cars; presumably, the help supplies all that stuff, including windshield wiper fluid. But I digress …
I was talking about performance: The CLS 63 AMG S sprints from zero to 100 kilometres an hour in a mere 3.6 seconds. Its top speed is 300 km/h and, even though I dared not try to achieve such outrageous — not to mention illegal — numbers on the highway (not that I could during the pre-Christmas rush where every hour is rush hour in the city), I could feel the power waiting to be unleashed if I was ever to find myself on the autobahn. Sigh. But I did manage to take a few fast curves, which caused the car to “hug” me! And who can’t use a warm hug on a cold winter’s day? It’s Mercedes Active Seat Bolstering that does the hugging action: When you take a corner quickly, the seats “push” on the sides of your body to keep you safely in place. I have experienced this feature in other Mercedes models such as the SL, but I had forgotten about it and it took me by surprise — in a nice way.
But the best part of the CLS 63 AMG S is the sound of the engine: VROOOM! Love it! Some powerful cars just don’t sound the part, but Mercedes does it very well. It even embarrassed me a few times when I started the car after being stopped at a red light: In downtown Toronto, where cyclists and enviro-weenies glare at you as if you’re a convicted murderer if you’re driving a car — even an old beater, but with more hostility if you’re driving a nice Mercedes — it’s a natural reaction to feel uncomfortable. But I felt no such qualms outside of the city centre, where people appreciate the sound of a V8 engine and give you approving looks. VROOOM! VROOOOOM!
The car’s fuel economy is something even the tree huggers might appreciate: It averages 13.5 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 9.1 L/100 km on the highway. Well, maybe not, but I think those are pretty good numbers for the 1,945-kilogram Mercedes-Benz.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG starts at $113,500 and the S-Model starts at $122,250.