Added to the list of standard equipment on the CL500 and CL600 for 2006 is the AMG Sport package, which consists of an AMG-designed body kit (side skirts, front and rear fascias) and 18-inch double-spoke alloy wheels with high-performance tires. In addition, Keyless Go (which allows the driver to enter and start the vehicle without removing the key fob from their pocket), a heated steering wheel, and an electronic trunk closer are now standard on the 2006 CL600.
The CL500 and CL600, along with the CL55 AMG and CL65 AMG, comprise the premium coupe offerings in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. Mercedes says its CL-Class is the flagship of its fleet for the 2006 model year. Though based on the same underpinnings as the 2006 S-Class sedan, the CL features a sleek, two-door design with sweeping fenders, a delicate yet dynamic roofline, reverse-tapered rear roof pillars, and a wraparound rear window. Inside, these coupes feature hand-fitted leather upholstery and hand-polished burl walnut or chestnut wood trim. They also feature dual-zone climate control, DVD navigation, and Bose premium audio with Audiopilot digital processing technology, which monitors ambient noise in the cabin and adjusts stereo volume to compensate.
The base CL500 draws on a 302-hp, 5.0L V-8 engine and can sprint to 60 miles per hour in just a tick over six seconds, yet it still qualifies as an ultra-low emission vehicle. The CL600 produces 493 hp from its twin-turbocharged, 6.0L V-12 engine, and also features Nappa leather seating and an Alcantara headliner. To help keep all that power under control, all CL-Class vehicles are equipped with ABC, Mercedes' active body control suspension technology, which is designed to balance ride quality and handling performance. All CL-Class vehicles also get the full and extensive lineup of safety equipment, from huge disc brakes and side-curtain airbags to a host of electronic safety systems designed to keep the vehicle on its intended path.
Two versions of the CL are produced by AMG, Mercedes' high-performance shop. The CL55 AMG has a supercharged, 5.5L V-8 that develops 493 hp, enough to propel the car to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. The more powerful CL65 AMG has a twin-turbocharged 6.0L V-12 that generates 604 hp and nearly 750 lb.-ft. of torque, a colossal amount of thrust that enables the car to rocket off the line like an NHRA dragster.
The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class competes in the Large Premium Sporty segment that includes some of the most exotic vehicles sold in the United States, including the 200+ mph Ford GT, Porsche Carrera GT, and Mercedes-Benz SLR.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class leads with 14,835 sales in calendar year 2005. Next came the BMW 6 Series (9,934), followed by the Jaguar XK (2,282), Mercedes-Benz CL-Class (1,320), Ford GT (1,302), Porsche Carrera GT (340), and the Mercedes-Benz SLR (200).