Driven — 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

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The original “four-door coupe” is as slinky and sexy as ever. Submitted Photos.

Magnetic Black. It’s a kind of blue-black metallic that looks remarkably dressy on a Benz. And a man, apparently: I have a suit that’s pretty much the same exact color. I only found this out by accident, of course, as I stepped out of a Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG in the aforementioned suit and a passerby playfully snickered that it must be “dress like your car day” before complimenting me on my good taste in rides.

I was hardly offended. Regardless of color but especially in Magnetic Black, the CLS63 AMG is one sexy ride. Essentially a “four-door coupe” version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the CLS-Class has a low roof, frameless doors, and a two-person back seat so small that no shenanigans could possibly happen between them. The CLS63 AMG model is tarted up even more on the outside with aggressive front and rear styling, a lowered suspension, throaty quad exhaust tips and huge wheels.

It’s aggressive because it has to be. Under the hood is a big, barrel-chested turbocharged V-8 with a massive 577 horsepower. The only way to get all that power to the ground without melting its wide tires is to give it all-wheel drive, so it has that, too. Powerful though it is, it generally drives with the civility of an HRC dinner, though with the press of the Sport button on the console, the car effectively gets “sprung.” The engine is on high alert, and with a deliberate right foot, you could be keeping up with all but the fastest Ferraris should you be inclined to challenge one at a stoplight.

The CLS63 AMG is not a new car, however, and its relative age shows particularly inside, where the cabin hasn’t been updated to reflect Mercedes’ attractive new design language. Oh yeah, and at a whopping $108,775 to start, the CLS63 AMG is, uh, kinda pricey, too. Still, I was more than proud to drive this sexy beast for the brief time I could, and based on the feedback I got, maybe Mercedes should consider loaning matching suits when they deliver their cars.

 

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

Base Price: $108,725

Power: 5.5-liter turbocharged V-8 (577 hp, 590 lb-ft of torque)

Transmission: 7-speed automatic

Fuel Economy, city/hwy (EPA est): 16/22 mpg

 

Or you could buy:

BMW M6 Grand Coupe

Audi S7

Cadillac CTS-V

 


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