A flex­i­ble and thun­der­ous beast

Re­cently re­leased as an ad­junct to the el­e­gant CLS range, the sexy Shoot­ing Brake ver­sion now gets the per­for­mancer treat­ment, writes Dave Moore

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

With the cur­rent trend to­wards SUVs and Crossovers, we tend to for­get about sta­tion wag­ons, es­tate cars or shoot­ing brakes these days but Mercedes-Benz hasn’t.

Fol­low­ing on from its gor­geous new CLSbased Shoot­ing Brake last month, the com­pany’s AMG per­for­mance arm has an­nounced what may be one of the most un­for­get­table load car­ri­ers in re­cent years.

Like its sedan sib­lings, the new CLS 63 AMG Shoot­ing Brake is pow­ered by a 5.5-litre V8 twin­tur­bocharged engine that makes 386kW at 5250 rpm and 700Nm from 1750 to 5250 rpm, which will make it a flex­i­ble and thun­der­ous beast. The car’s ac­cel­er­a­tion means you can go from zero to sorry of­fi­cer in just 4.4 sec­onds – per­for­mance that un­til very re­cently was purely the do­main of Fer­rari and Lom­borgh­ini.

If that’s not enough, the CLS 63 AMG Shoot­ing Brake is of­fered with more power and even bet­ter per­for­mance, with a lim­ited avail­abil­ity Edition- One ver­sion that packs an­other 24kW and an ad­di­tional 100Nm, which seems an aw­ful lot of ex­tra grunt for what adds up to a one tenth of a sec­ond quicker zero-to-100kmh time.

The stan­dard and Edition One ver­sions of the Shoot­ing Brake are elec­tron­i­cally lim­ited to a top speed of 250kmh, which is ir­rel­e­vant in New Zealand any­way. They both man­age 10.1L/ 100km and are rated at a re­mark­ably low CO2 out­put of 235 g/km CO2.

Un­like most large Mercedes-Benz mod­els in Europe, the AMG Shoot­ing Brakes will only have rear wheel drive. The car’s driv­e­train is man­aged by what AMG calls its Speed­shift MCT 7- speed sports trans- mis­sion, which fea­tures four modes: Con­trolled Ef­fi­ciency, Sport, Sport Plus and Man­ual.

AMG also fits the car with its Ride Con­trol sports sus­pen­sion with steel sus­pen­sion struts up front and air struts at the rear, as well as au­to­matic right-height lev­el­ling and an elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled dampers which can be se­lected man­u­ally in Com­fort, Sport and Sport Plus modes.

AMG has also refet­tled the CLS Shoot­ing Brake’s electro­mechan­i­cal steer­ing, fit­ting it with more di­rect gear­ing and vari­able power as­sis­tance.

The car stops as well as it goes, with four 360 mm vented, per­fo­rated discs with an op­tional ce­ramic high­per­for­mance composite set-up with even larger brake ro­tors for those who re­ally need it.

The AMG ver­sion of Benz’s new load-car­rier is vis­ually quite re­strained. The big discs, slightly re­pro­filed bumpers front and rear and the car’s wider front track with cor­re­spond­ing whee­larch flairs, are all you’ll note from the front and side, though at the rear, the AMG’s quad pipes do tend to give the per­for­mance game away.



flat- bot­tomed steer­ing wheel, soft nappa leather, pi­ano black de­tailed trim, and unique AMG in­stru­ment treat­ment com­plete the pic­ture.

The Edition One ver­sion of the car has spe­cial grey paint, called de­signo magno al­lan­ite, white pearl leather seat­ing, velour mats faux car­bon fi­bre cabin trim and a black roof lin­ing.

We’d stick with the stan­dard car, truth be known, but ei­ther way, nei­ther model will be priced un­til closer to its Oc­to­ber launch, which takes place just af­ter its first view­ing at the Paris Mo­tor Show.

Shoot­ing brake: Well you could hardly call any­thing this lovely a wagon, could you?

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