Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake AMG
(Tuesday 10 July 2012)
Following the first public display of the CLS Shooting Brake at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the details of the high-performance AMG version.
In "standard" form (though doesn't seem quite the right word, somehow), the 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 AMG has very nearly twice the power of the CLS350 CDI, at 525bhp. This is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic gearbox with Sport, Sport plus, Manual and Controlled Efficiency modes, the last of which switches on the start/stop system which helps the car achieve combined fuel economy of 27.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 235g/km, at least on the official EU test though not, we strongly suspect, outside a test cell.
The suspension is not short of modes, either. Electronically controlled damping is standard, and it can be set to Comfort, Sport and Sport plus. There are even three modes for the ESP system.
If you want more, there's a package called Edition 1 which raises the power output to 557bhp. This does not affect the 155mph top speed, and it brings the 0-62mph time down by a mere tenth to 4.3 seconds, but its effect will be more noticeable than the figures suggest.
Another option is a ceramic composite brake system boasting front discs even larger than the 360mm diameter items normally fitted.
The AMG Shooting Brake will go on sale in November. Pricing and exact specifications will be confirmed nearer the time.