Although there still is the same 63-badging in the tailgate, this new CLS AMG has a completely new engine. The new powerhouse has eight-cylinders like its predecessor, but otherwise the engine is completely new. Engine’s displacement is just 5.5-litres, or 5461 cubic centimetres to be exact. That is 747cc less than the previous, 6208cc engine. The other major difference is that while the previous 6.2-litre V8 was naturally aspirated, this new V8 is turbocharged. The two exhaust gas turbochargers are located next to the cylinder banks to supply the eight cylinders with fresh air. Under full load, when running at maximum speed of 185 000rpm, the two turbochargers force 1750 kg of air into the combustion chambers per hour.
It still is easily recognisable. The long bonnet, short rear boot lid, frameless side windows and roofline which slowly drops towards the end of the car. The proportions of the design have stayed unchanged. Yet the second generation CLS have completely new look. The front of the car has clearly borrowed some bits from the new SLS AMG. The front looks now much more aggressive and the large star in the radiator grille won’t be unnoticed. One distinguishing and also technicically interesting feature are the headlamps, where all of the regular dynamic light functions use LED technology. A total of 71 LEDs are in three arrow-shaped layers. The upper layer contains the LED indicator, second layer is the LED side light offering LED low beam functions and the lowest level of the headlamp houses the main beam and nightview functions. The rear lights have familiar triangular shape, but are much more rounded than before. The new CLS surely looks good, but I’m not sure if it can match the previous model, as the first CLS looked fantastic.