New Benz a blaster
The CLS63’s brakes are great, just ask the lucky squirrel, writes Craig Duff
THE squirrel didn’t know what nearly hit it. The roadkill candidate can thank the massive ceramic brakes and the latest ABS technology fitted to Benz’s newest blaster for a last-second reprieve from a death sentence.
A four-legged lockup and the massive ceramic brakes on the CLS63 meant it came — literally — within a whisker of oblivion instead of being the local scavengers’ next meal.
The squirrel fled back to the safety of the scrub; the four-door coupe rolled on unruffled.
It says a lot about the dynamics of the car that doesn’t so much as twitch, despite the fact the brakes hauled 30km/h off the speedo and the vehicle was being tipped into a corner.
AMG head Ola Kaellenius repeatedly talks about the ‘‘longitudinal and lateral stability’’ of the latest product from the Mercedes-Benz performance arm during its global launch in San Diego and we’re not about to argue with him.
But there is a lot more to the CLS 63 than its stability and brakes. It’s the newest upgrade of a Benz product and follows the introduction of the regular CLS — a smoother car all-round despite its confronting looks— than the original four-door coupe.
SOME people will see the CLS63 as a cheap and practical alternative to the two-seat SLS Gullwing.
For others it will be hard to justify the $280,000 or so (Mercedes Australia can’t confirm pricing until closer to the car’s arrival in the third quarter this year) when they can put a pair of C63 AMGs in the garage for similar money.
Ante up, though, and you’ll enjoy best interior materials and gadgets and the latest in Mercedes’ hi-tech arsenal of electronic driver aids, matched to a quick engine and race car-capable chassis. It all comes down to disposable income, I guess.