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Mercedes-Benz CLS Dropping V-8 Variant

Mercedes-Benz CLS Dropping V-8 Variant

Despite being nearly 18 months away from production, the next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS has been spotted by AutoCar undergoing testing. Along with the visuals the spy shots provide of the new Merc, the report also claims the car will drop the AMG V-8 model.

The new CLS is slated to be built off the same architecture as the E-Class. The new roots would imply that the car should be renamed CLE to correspond to the E-Class of products, but apparently it won’t be renamed. Mercedes-Benz is keeping the extended length of the car, making it worthy of the CLS designation, apparently.

Regardless of the name on the back, the car appears very evolutionary from the spy shots. It’s basically a combination of current CLS and the new E-Class, from a design perspective.

Like its underpinnings, the CLS will share its powertrains with the E-Class. This means a turbocharged four-cylinder and V-6 will make up the bulk of the CLS volume. Where things will being to change is on the AMG side of the house, where the report claims the AMG C63 will not have a V-8 replacement.

Instead, the AMG model will likely be a new turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six. To be clear, this is an all-new engine for Mercedes and shouldn’t be confused with the brand’s 3.0-liter bi-turbo V-6. Whereas the V-6 variant generates about 362 horsepower, the inline-six is rumored to hit the 450 horsepower mark, making it very worthy of the AMG badge.

The migration from V-8 to inline-six isn’t entirely surprising here. The move will provide some variance between the CLS and the upcoming AMG GT sedan, which will have plenty of V-8 power.





 

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  1. germeezy1
    This was easily predictable by the debut of the AMG GT into the rarified air above the CLS.
    Andrew_L
    2b2
    - I loved the (styling of the) original CLS; not anymore

    - thought it Never was based on the S-crass

    - have read that lots o' mfgs (all the germans?) are going inline-6

    &

    - who was it that said they have too many carCars now? BMW or MB too?


    They are all developing new I6s from what I heard but I think they will still have V8 top end options... for the time being as they transition.
    2b2
    - I loved the (styling of the) original CLS; not anymore

    - thought it Never was based on the S-crass

    - have read that lots o' mfgs (all the germans?) are going inline-6

    &

    - who was it that said they have too many carCars now? BMW or MB too?
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