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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 Review

Elegant 4-Door Sports Coupe

A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550

In short: A nimble and luxurious 4-door sports coupe.

Striking in appearance and athletic in character, this long and luxurious 4-door sports car may be big, but it beats with the heart (and horsepower) of a racer. Featuring a sizable 4.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and sweeping lines that recall those of a coupe, the Mercedes-Benz CLS550 is much quicker than its large size seems to dictate, sprinting from 0-60 in just 5.1 seconds.

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile drivetrain warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile corrosion warranty; 24-hour roadside assistance program

Base Price: $71,300 / As Tested: $83,095

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with direct injection
Horsepower: 402 hp @ 5,000-5,750 rpm
Torque: 443 lb-ft @ 1,800-4,750 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters

Curb weight:
4,158 lbs
Wheelbase: 113.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 194.5/81.7/55.8 in
Turning circle: 37 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: 3-link AIRMATIC semi-active front suspension with electronically controlled air springs; 5-link AIRMATIC rear

Traction: electronic stability program

0-60 mph: 5.2 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City:
16 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

two-stage dual front airbags; front side-impact airbags; front pelvic airbags; driver and passenger knee airbags; front and rear window curtain airbags

Likes: luxe; quality performance; mpg

Dislikes: rear styling


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