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2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Coupe - Overview

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$64,900 – $86,600 MSRP

$60,357 – $80,538 Invoice

14 / 20 MPG City/Hwy

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Overall Quality 2.0

Overall Performance and Design 2.0

Overall Dependability 2.0

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2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Coupe

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Overview

What's New
The CLS is a new vehicle in a new category. Mercedes refers to the CLS as a "four-door coupe." What Mercedes is trying to communicate is that while this car has four doors like a sedan, it has the roofline and overall appearance of a sleek, low-slung two-door coupe, hence the four-door coupe designation.

Overview
The CLS has low, sleek, and spectacular lines that announce it as a sports car in a luxury package, or possibly a luxury car in a sports car package. Either way, the CLS crosses traditional segment boundaries by offering the accessibility of a four-door sedan in a sporty two-door coupe design. It also provides the sort of luxury amenities you might expect in an S-Class, but puts them within the footprint of the E-Class sedan. The visual impact is of the CLS is significant; while it appears low and long, its roof is only four-tenths of an inch lower than the top of an E-Class sedan, though the CLS is some 15 inches longer. The CLS comes in two versions: the CLS500 and the CLS55 AMG.

The CLS500 draws its power from a 302-hp, 5.0L V-8 engine. The CLS55 AMG has a hand-built, supercharged 5.5L V-8 that generates 469 hp and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. This kind of power is enough to thrust this luxury car to 60 miles per hour in a sports car-like 4.5 seconds. The CLS comes standard with four-zone climate control as well as a nine-speaker, 480-watt Harman/Kardon Logic 7 digital surround audio system. Much of the interior is covered in wood or leather. The options list includes heated seats, ventilated seats (like those on the S-Class), GPS satellite navigation, and satellite radio.

The Competition
The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class competes in the Large Premium Sporty segment that includes some of the most exotic vehicles sold in the United States, such as 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).

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