The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG is a schizophrenic machine. On the one hand it's a comfortable four-door luxury sedan, filled with all manner of creature comforts and technology, and on the other, it's a ground pounding muscle sports car with performance to rival any Corvette or Ferrari on the road today. It begs the question, "Who needs a car like this?"
Well, nobody needs a car like this. But this Mercedes isn't about needs, it's about wants. If you are a well heeled individual who can afford to write a check for a little more than $112,000, this is a car you want. And for those who can't afford it, Mercedes has positioned it as a car that you aspire to own while you drive their more pedestrian offerings and contemplate how you're going to make your next few million dollars to move up to this one.
The heart of this beast is a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8, which is downsized from last year's naturally aspirated 6.2-liter powerplant. But don't worry, the new engine isn't down on power. It produces 518 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, and will spool the speedometer up to 155 miles per hour with ease. All of this while managing a 32% increase in fuel economy. While those impressive performance numbers may satiate the appetites of most drivers, check the $6,990 AMG Performance Package box on the order form, and you buy the almost insane numbers of 550-hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. After all, who wants to get to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, when you can get there is 4.3 seconds? Oh, and Mercedes removes the electronic limiter and allows the AMG's speedometer to hit 186 miles per hour, for those times when you're really in a hurry to get to work.
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