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2003 cl600 questions

In need a few questions answered. I recently purchased a very clean, low miles '03 cl600 from a Mercedes dealership. The dealer listed the engine as 6.0L V-12. The carfax report I viewed after the purchase listed the engine as a 5.5L V-12. I tend to believe it is the 5.5L V-12. Does anyone know if the '03 cl600 came as both a 5.5L and a 6.0L?

I have also noticed that many (if not all) cl600 are bi-turbos. Are all '03 cl600bi-turbos? Additionally, the rear of my car has an AMG moniker on the trunk. Other '03 cl600's I have seen in pictures do not have the AMG moniker. What is the deal with the AMG designation? Obviously not all cl600's are AMG.

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If it was an AMG it would be badged as such, but also say CL55 (5.5 liter, supercharged, 8 cylinder). I think the CL600 (as well as the S600) are both bi-turbo 6.0 liter, 12 cylinder. If MB ever produced a 5.5 liter 12 cylinder, I have never heard of it.

There are a lot of people who place an AMG badge on their cars for status. I think that's what probably happened. If you are in further doubt, call MBUSA (800-FOR-MERC) and give them your VIN. I have found them to be very helpful.

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The V-12 is 5.5 liters. The 600 term is simply used to distinguish it from the V8s of the same displacement.

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Thanks Kent, I was off the mark somewhat.

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MY03+ CL600s have a 5.5L Bi-turbo V12. Pre-facelift models (before 2003) had a 5.8L naturally aspirated V12.

The previous owner must have placed the AMG badge on the rear of the trunk because he was a poseur. The only AMG model W215 CL-Classes are the CL55 and CL65.

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Thanks for your clarification too AsianML. It looks like I'd better stop trusting my memory on cars I've never owned...

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Thanks for your clarification too AsianML. It looks like I'd better stop trusting my memory on cars I've never owned...
Not to worry. I had to look up the information on the pre-facelift V12. I could've sworn that one was 6.0L, but I guess I was wrong. Apparently the V12 before that was 6.0L.

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Not to worry. I had to look up the information on the pre-facelift V12. I could've sworn that one was 6.0L, but I guess I was wrong. Apparently the V12 before that was 6.0L.
Thanks my friend. I think it's somewhat curious that in 2003 the CL600 got an "improved" engine with its' facelift as did both the 1st year 2003 W211 E500 and E55.

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