The Newest Mercedes AMG
Dan Lienert, 02.22.06, 12:30 AM ET
The 1996 Chicago Bulls won 39 home games and lost two. When Mercedes'
AMG hot-rod subsidiary sets up shop later this month at the Geneva
Motor Show, it's going to think what that Bulls team must have thought
when it walked onto its home court at the United Center: "We own this
Not only will AMG introduce a host of new models, including the CLS 63
AMG sedan, the CLK 63 AMG line of coupes and convertibles and
face-lifted versions of its SL 55 and SL 65 AMG convertibles. It will
also blow the doors off the exhibition hall with mind-boggling
performance technology. ( Click here to find out more about AMG.)
For our money, the CLK 63 is the one to watch. Unlike the CLS sedan, it
is a two-door model--one of the classic sports-car body styles. And
while SL 55 and 65 models are already on the market, the CLK 63 is a
Moreover, it will blast the less-than-racy CLK-Class line back to life,
mostly thanks to its 481-horsepower, V-8 engine. This power plant will
bring the top-drawer CLK-Class model in line with the most elite
two-door performance cars, such as Porsche's new 911 Turbo and BMW's
forthcoming M6. The CLK 63 will go on sale around July or August in the
U.S. Pricing is not yet available.
The CLK 63's 6.3-liter V-8 will use a new, seven-speed AMG automatic
transmission. The car will have a new AMG sports suspension and new
18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. AMG will equip the front wheels with a
new, high-performance, composite brake system.
People loved to watch the Bulls' Michael Jordan because he was such a
dominant player. He played on six NBA championship teams and is the
all-time leader in points scored per game. To see a similarly
overpowering performer, look to Mercedes' AMG brand at Geneva. Or just
look to the CLK 63.
Mercedes' base CLK-Class model is available as a convertible and a
coupe. Although both body styles will receive CLK 63 AMG models, the
American market will only see the convertible.