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