Mercedes-Benz has officially uncovered there new CLS Shooting Brake, sporting a few different engine flavors from diesel to a 557 horsepower petrol engine. The new 2013 CLS Shooting Brake, or what you may recognize as a CLS wagon, will offer couple BlueEfficiency diesel options starting with a 204 hp 250 CDI variant and 265 hp 350 CDI version. The gasoline CLS Shooting Brake variations will get either a 3.5-liter 306 hp V6, 408 hp 4.6-liter biturbo V8 or the performance-injected CLS63’s twin turbo 525 hp V8 with a Special Edition 1 model option with as much as 557 hp.
Automotive consumers, especially in today’s economic conditions, have taken a liking to vehicles that serve many purposes. One particular vehicle that has received a new love is the wagon. Enthusiasts today rather not call shooting brake renditions of vehicles a ‘station wagon’ due to their association with old-school wood-on-the-side Clark Griswold-type vehicles. The new CLS will have no problem with shaking off that old notion especially when you factor in as much as 557 horsepower.
I am not sure how practical 557 horsepower is on a Benz CLS wagon, but I am sure it is a necessity for those who want to have their cake and eat it too. Reminds me of the practically of the Cadillac CTS-V wagon… absolutely necessary for enthusiasts!
The new 557 horsepower CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake, our obvious choice out of the lineup, will be good for a 0-60mph run in 4.3 seconds and electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Both versions of the CLS AMG get the seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT automatic transmission. You can even get a set of optional carbon ceramic brakes underneath lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels.
In typical Benz CLS fashion, the aluminum body construction keeps things light while an optional carbon fiber aero kit and rear axle differential lock pushes the envelope even further. Soccer moms or the grandparents need not apply.
The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, including the CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake, will commence European sales in October while an official world debut takes place at the Paris Auto Show a month prior.