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2013 Mercedes CLS63 AMG & Shooting Brake get new E63 AMG power hike

Thu, 10 Jan 2013

The 2013 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG and Shooting Brake are getting the same power upgrades as the new E63 AMG and the E 63 AMG S.

But hidden in the press info that come in from Mercedes on the new E63 AMG was the news that the power upgrades it gets will also be offered on the CLS 63 AMG (and its Estate version – the CLS Shooting Brake) and that there will be a CLS 63 AMG S version too.

That means that the regular CLS 63 AMg will now get 549bhp and be able to scoot to 62mph in 4.2 seconds, with the CLS 63 AMG S – with 577bhp –  probably getting to 62mph just a tenth quicker at 4.1 seconds.

We say probably, because Mercedes UK hasn’t yet worked out what the additional power on the new ‘S’ versions of the E63 AMG and CLS 63 AMG means for performance. In Europe (and the US and other LHD markets) the ‘S’ version gets 4MATIC to put the power down more convincingly from a standing start meaning a 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds – but the UK doesn’t so our ‘S’ versions will be slower off the mark.

Just like the new E63 AMG, the CLS 63 AMG comes with Mercedes’ seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT ‘box with four modes - Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S), Sport Plus (S+) and Manual (M) – with the ‘S’ version getting a locking diff.

We’re expecting the more powerful versions of the 2013 Mercedes CLS AMG and AMG S to go on sale in the spring. Prices should remain much the same.

By Cars UK