The Mercedes Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake has been officially revealed, and it looks set to carry on with the AMG V8 madness.
As with most of the AMG range these days, it comes with the twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 producing 525hp and 700 Nm (516 lb/ft) of torque, while customers opting for the Edition 1 package get 557hp and 800 Nm (590 lb ft) of torque. Acceleration times from 0-62mph are 4.4 and 4.3 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.
The engine is equipped with direct injection as well as an ECO stop/start function, while gearbox duties are given to the seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT automatic transmission. The transmission allows drivers to choose between “Controlled Efficiency” (C) mode, “Sport” (S) mode, “Sport plus” (S+) mode, and “Manual ” (M) mode – along with a RACE START function for optimum launches.
The AMG Shooting Brake is equipped with electro-mechanical power steering, as well as AMG RIDE CONTROL. AMG RIDE CONTROL makes use of an electronic damping system which controls steel suspension struts at the front, air suspension struts at the back, as well as level control.
Braking duties are given to 360mm ventilated and perforated discs all-round, but “AMG Carbon Ceramic” option gives customers larger discs made from carbon composite. It is also equipped with wheels and tyres measuring 255/35 R 19 at the front and 285/30 R 19 at the rear. Boot space for the Shooting Brake is 1,550 litres (the E63 AMG Estate has 1,950 litres of space).
The CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake has a combined fuel economy figure of 10.1L per 100km, and a CO2 output of 235 g/km. It will go on sale in October 2012.