2007 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Makes U.S. Debut

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2007 Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe

New CL Coupe Makes Bold Design Statement for Mercedes

MIAMI, Oct. 4 -- The All-New 2007 CL-Class is making its U.S. debut at the South Florida International Auto Show, open to the public October 6 - 15 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach. The CL makes a bold design statement for the Mercedes-Benz brand -- futuristic with cues from legendary Mercedes coupes of the past. A unique two-door premium coupe design based on a modified S-Class sedan platform, the CL features astonishingly good looks, with a delicate yet dynamic roofline, unusual reverse-tapered rear roof pillars and a wrap-around rear window.

The Next-Generation CL Coupe Lineup

The next-generation 2007 CL-Class coupe debuts at the end of 2006 with a CL550 model, powered by an all-new 5.5-liter V8 engine delivering 382 horsepower and 391 lb.-ft. of torque, part of a new V8 engine family featuring four-valve-per-cylinder technology and variable valve timing. The new CL550 also comes with the Mercedes-Benz seven-speed automatic transmission and Direct Select electronic shift control.

Soon after launch, the CL550 is joined by a V12-powered model -- the exclusive CL600. Powered by a twin-turbo V12 engine that generates 510 horsepower and an overwhelming 612 lbs.-ft. of torque, the new CL600 model blends whisper-smooth performance with the astonishing power of a twin-turbo V12 engine. The 60-degree V12 engine provides effortless thrust with turbine- like smoothness, featuring a vast torque band with peak torque beginning as low as 1,800 rpm.

With its high-tech engine, Direct Select five-speed transmission and state-of-the art aerodynamics, the new CL600 can reach 60 miles per hour in less than 4.5 seconds, quicker than many out-and-out sports cars. To handle the torque of the V12 engine, the transmission planetary gear sets have been beefed up accordingly.

About Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States. In 2005, MBUSA achieved an all-time sales record of 224,421 new vehicles, setting the highest sales volume ever in its history and achieving 12 consecutive years of sales growth. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found on the Internet at www.mbusa.com and www.maybachusa.com.

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