Auto Show is in production at a Mercedes plant is expected in Germany in addition to the standard versions of the second generation of the CLS early next year, set with North American deliveries began in April. It will be the fight of the Audi RS6, BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V and Jaguar XFR.
The CLS63 also gets a stop/start function that operates when the driver chooses C (for controlled efficiency) mode, shutting off the engine when the car comes to a stop. It operates in tandem with brake-energy recuperation, allowing AMG to decouple the alternator for stronger acceleration and lower consumption.
The suspension uses MacPherson struts with steel springs up front and multilinks with AirMatic air springs in the rear. As in recent AMG models, there is a three-stage electronic stability program as part of an impressive array of driving aids that now also includes blind-spot assist and lane-keeping assist with a locking differential available as an option.
The steering is an all-new development using a modified version of the second-generation CLS’s electromechanical setup, offering variable assistance according to the chosen suspension mode, while the brakes are steel units all around. AMG buyers can specify optional carbon-ceramic rotors with four-piston Brembo calipers.