I usually prefer a big sedan like the S-Class to be black, but apparently white exterior works quite nicely as well. Diamond White exterior with the 20″ Behes alloys make the big and luxurious S-Class sedan look a bit sportier. However, we haven’t come here to make a judgement on the car’s outlook, but to try it’s new engine, which sounds something completely else than a sporty. Now, for the first time in S-Class history there is a 4-cylinder engine available, and it’s a diesel.
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.
If you think that Mercedes-Benz’s big coupe, the CL looks good in pictures, you should see it in real life. Because it’s just beautiful. It looks elegant and stylish, but has also sportier ingredients in its exterior. The facelifted CL has a newly designed front bumber with three air intake openings and a chrome trip strip. Daytime running lights with LED technology are integrated in the side openings for the brake cooling air. Headlights have a more curvy look and the radiator grille is designed to represent a V-shape, making the front of the car to look more dynamic. In the rear the design has remained pretty much the same as before. Only the rear lights have a new form.
At the 1987 Geneva Motor Show Mercedes-Benz presented the Coupes of the 124 series. Models 230 CE and 300 CE were the first to debut. In autumn 1989 the 300 CE-24 was added as new flagship model. One year later it was joined by the 200 CE, which was intended solely for export to Italy. The year 1992 saw the arrival of the 200 CE, 220 CE and 320 CE with up-to-date four-valve-per-cylinder engines. In 1993 the powerful E 36 AMG Coupe marked the brilliant climax of the series in regard to output.
In September 1991, as a further body variant of the 124 series Mercedes-Benz presented the 300 CE-24 Cabriolet. Production began in 1992. Cabriolet development was based on the Coupé, and in terms of mechanical components the Cabriolets were identical with their four-door counterparts. Like the Saloons they were equipped with multi-link independent rear suspension, thereby further improving ride quality compared with predecessor models, as well as shock absorber strut independent front suspension located by individual wishbones. The braking system was also borrowed without modification from the Saloons.
Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG has 6.2-litre V8 engine which develops an output of 386 kW/525 hp and a torque of 630 newton metres. In addition to the engine, the Speedshift MCT 7-speed sports transmission has also been borrowed from the SL 63 roadster.