We told you earlier, didn’t we? The highlight of this year’s LA Auto Show is no other than the 2012 CLS63 AMG—a sedan that has a twin-turbo V8 under the hood that demands pure respect and admiration. The M157 engine, AMG’s brand new brainchild, is a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 can churn out up to 518 horsepower plus 516 lb-ft torque. That’s the base form, mind you.
Put in AMG’s Performance Package and you get 14.5 to 18.8 psi boost, upping the power to 550 horses and 590 lb-ft torque. Couple it with AMG’s 7-gear Speedshift MCT automatic gearbox and you’ll be counting seconds past 4.4 once you hit sixty. Oh yeah, that’s without AMG’s Performance Package. Shave another tenth of a second once you upgrade. You’ll also get a top speed bonus of 186mph from the stock 155mph. Fuel mileage rates at about 16 mpg and 21 mpg in the city and on the freeway respectively.
If you care to observe, you’ll notice that the front axle has been somewhat lengthened, as a result of retrofitting AMG’s independent adaptive suspension. This system has electronic damping as well as a three-stage traction control feature. It ought to give you outstanding stability and traction both on and off track.
The CLS63 will have a special “Launch Edition” scheduled to hit dealerships as early as summer next year. Better watch out for it.