Date registered: Aug 2013
Vehicle: 2005 CL65
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This sales booklet is rather rare.
Here as some interesting stats about the 05-06 CL65...
Weight: 4,654 lbs/2,111 kg (lighter than later models?)
Redline: 5,950 rpms
Horsepower: 604 from 4800 to 5,100 rpms
Torque: 738 ft/lbs from 2,000 to 4,000 rpms (that is a huge WOW for the 2000 rpm spread!)
Turbo boost: 21.1 psi/ 1.5 bar. (off the chart compared to most production cars and for 93 octane pump gas).
Compression ratio: 9.0-1
Displacement: 365 cubic inches/ 5,980cc
0-60: 4.2 seconds
0- 1 mile: 22 seconds
^ Those are the stats from the Mercede Benz sales booklet for the USA version 05-06 CL65. (They don't date the year between the 2 so they could use the booklet both years).
HOWEVER... Window stickers for some said the horsepower was 594, not 604.
Total import (other sources) for the CL65 to the USA?
Some sources claim it was 194, not 184 for those 2 years. The USA was the prime market, few sold elsewhere. The 05-06 CL65 (identical) is significantly rarer than a Ferrari Enzo (499 made). Imagine that.
They were TOO understated in my opinion. I read somewhere they were thought by Mercedes to be most likely bought my rich young men for their young wives, with the S65 for the older men's family car and the SLS65 would be the man's personal car. Thus, they kept the CL65 looking docile. But that is just a theory of it.
It is puzzling why they would not sport-up the appearance of a car that they were putting in the (then) most powerful production motor in the history of earth.
The CL65 was the most expensive of any model Mercedes (still is). In 2005 dollars that was $183,000. I think a reason their sales were flat is they don't look like $183,000.
Last edited by dfwx; 08-22-2013 at 10:59 PM.