Driv­ing

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A road launch was never go­ing to do AMG’s take on the CLS jus­tice.

The test loops ran from free­way com­mutes to tight turns and a se­ries of fast, flow­ing curves through the Cleve­land State For­est. With the seats, dash and doors bound in enough leather to send a PETA-pro­po­nent into a frenzy, it’s a re­lax­ing and re­fined place to travel to the the­atre or head in­ter­state. The Harman Kar­don stereo sys­tem is su­perb and the air­con is vir­tu­ally in­stant, front or rear.

All four seats have elec­tronic ad­just­ment, so find­ing a com­fort­able seat­ing po­si­tion is just a flick of a switch away.

Then give the ac­cel­er­a­tor a bit of a tickle and hang on as you’re pressed back into those com­fort­able seats.

It’s all a bit dis­turb­ing as the spec­ta­cle in the front wind­screen rapidly moves to the rear-vi­sion mir­ror and the speedo arcs up faster than an ig­nored B-grade star­let, but there’s no wind or road noise and only a deep, muted snarl from the ex­haust.

The electro­mechan­i­cal power steer­ing is weighted to en­sure you know ex­actly where the 19-inch hoops are pointed with­out need­ing any ef­fort to ad­just line.

Ver­dict

If you can af­ford to con­sider the CLS63 AMG, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

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