2008 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$103,600-$295,000
$96,348-$274,350
11 /CITY / 18 /HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability

What Changed for 2008:

  • New V-8-powered CL63 AMG

  • New V-12-powered CL65 AMG

  • Limited-production CL65 40th Anniversary Edition flagship
Overview
Evolved from the Mercedes-Benz flagship S-Class in the late 1970s, the CL-Class is the grand touring model of the brand, often tasked to debut the latest technology and most powerful engines from Mercedes-Benz. The fourth generation of the CL-Class debuted in late 2006. The new CL models offer a sleek coupe devoid of an obstructing B-pillar. Changes for 2008 are limited to a new body paint option, and two new powerful AMG-sourced engine choices.

Model Lineup
The four CL-Class offerings each offer a different powerplant and model name. The standard models are the CL550 and the CL600, powered respectively by V-8 and V-12 engines. Passenger compartments are swathed in fine leather and wood, while the occupants relax under fiber-optic ambient lighting. Fourteen-way power seating for the driver and passenger and a power rear-window sunshade are included as standard equipment. Available options on these models include numerous seating and stereo upgrades, and several wheel and tire packages.

The CL63 AMG and the CL65 AMG, powered respectively by V-8 and V-12 engines, offer upgraded engines, tuned active suspensions, and stronger braking systems. Standard wheels are 20 inches in diameter, in staggered sizes, with high-performance tires. Options on the AMG-series CL models include dynamic seating with automatic pneumatic adjusting and an infrared-based Night View Assistant for improved nighttime vision while driving.

Powertrain
The 2008 CL-Class offers four engine choices. The CL550 is powered by a 5.5-liter V-8 engine rated at 382 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard transmission is a 7-speed automatic (2008 EPA mileage ratings of 14 mpg city/21 mpg highway). The CL600 features a biturbo V-12 engine providing 510 hp and 612 lb.-ft. of torque. A 5-speed automatic transmission handles shifting (2008 EPA ratings 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway). The CL63 AMG is equipped with a 6.3-liter V-8 engine rated at 518 hp and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. The transmission is a 7-speed automatic with AMG SPEEDSHIFT (2008 EPA ratings 11 mpg city/18 mpg highway). The flagship CL65 AMG boasts a biturbo V-12 engine providing 604 hp and 738 lb.-ft. of torque, working through a 5-speed automatic transmission (2008 EPA ratings 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway). All of the CL models are rear-wheel drive and offer a 48-month/50,000-mile warranty.

Safety
All CL models come standard with PRE-SAFE, a Mercedes-Benz system that uses sophisticated electronics to sense an impending accident and prepare the vehicle and passengers for the situation. In the event of a collision, driver and front passenger are protected by dual-stage front air bags and side-impact air bags. Both front seats offer 3-point seat belts with pre-tensioning devices. The driver benefits from an additional air bag for the knees. In the event of a severe side impact, window curtain air bags deploy from the headliner and cover both the passenger windows in the front and rear. The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class has not been recently crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology
In the center of the instrument cluster is a color multi-function display. The driver is able to use steering-wheel controls to display various menus and features on command. These include a digital vehicle speedometer, radio and entertainment information, navigation route guidance, and cruise control settings. A unique \"tunnel mode\" button offers one-touch closing of all open windows, sunroof, and interior vents-pressing the button again restores everything to its original position. In addition to a Harmon/Kardon 600-watt digital surround-sound system, all CL models offer the Mercedes-Benz COMAND (Cockpit Management and Data) system for integrated control of all radio, navigation and vehicle settings.

What Changed for 2008:

  • New V-8-powered CL63 AMG

  • New V-12-powered CL65 AMG

  • Limited-production CL65 40th Anniversary Edition flagship
Overview
Evolved from the Mercedes-Benz flagship S-Class in the late 1970s, the CL-Class is the grand touring model of the brand, often tasked to debut the latest technology and most powerful engines from Mercedes-Benz. The fourth generation of the CL-Class debuted in late 2006. The new CL models offer a sleek coupe devoid of an obstructing B-pillar. Changes for 2008 are limited to a new body paint option, and two new powerful AMG-sourced engine choices.

Model Lineup
The four CL-Class offerings each offer a different powerplant and model name. The standard models are the CL550 and the CL600, powered respectively by V-8 and V-12 engines. Passenger compartments are swathed in fine leather and wood, while the occupants relax under fiber-optic ambient lighting. Fourteen-way power seating for the driver and passenger and a power rear-window sunshade are included as standard equipment. Available options on these models include numerous seating and stereo upgrades, and several wheel and tire packages.

The CL63 AMG and the CL65 AMG, powered respectively by V-8 and V-12 engines, offer upgraded engines, tuned active suspensions, and stronger braking systems. Standard wheels are 20 inches in diameter, in staggered sizes, with high-performance tires. Options on the AMG-series CL models include dynamic seating with automatic pneumatic adjusting and an infrared-based Night View Assistant for improved nighttime vision while driving.

Powertrain
The 2008 CL-Class offers four engine choices. The CL550 is powered by a 5.5-liter V-8 engine rated at 382 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard transmission is a 7-speed automatic (2008 EPA mileage ratings of 14 mpg city/21 mpg highway). The CL600 features a biturbo V-12 engine providing 510 hp and 612 lb.-ft. of torque. A 5-speed automatic transmission handles shifting (2008 EPA ratings 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway). The CL63 AMG is equipped with a 6.3-liter V-8 engine rated at 518 hp and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. The transmission is a 7-speed automatic with AMG SPEEDSHIFT (2008 EPA ratings 11 mpg city/18 mpg highway). The flagship CL65 AMG boasts a biturbo V-12 engine providing 604 hp and 738 lb.-ft. of torque, working through a 5-speed automatic transmission (2008 EPA ratings 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway). All of the CL models are rear-wheel drive and offer a 48-month/50,000-mile warranty.

Safety
All CL models come standard with PRE-SAFE, a Mercedes-Benz system that uses sophisticated electronics to sense an impending accident and prepare the vehicle and passengers for the situation. In the event of a collision, driver and front passenger are protected by dual-stage front air bags and side-impact air bags. Both front seats offer 3-point seat belts with pre-tensioning devices. The driver benefits from an additional air bag for the knees. In the event of a severe side impact, window curtain air bags deploy from the headliner and cover both the passenger windows in the front and rear. The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class has not been recently crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology
In the center of the instrument cluster is a color multi-function display. The driver is able to use steering-wheel controls to display various menus and features on command. These include a digital vehicle speedometer, radio and entertainment information, navigation route guidance, and cruise control settings. A unique \"tunnel mode\" button offers one-touch closing of all open windows, sunroof, and interior vents-pressing the button again restores everything to its original position. In addition to a Harmon/Kardon 600-watt digital surround-sound system, all CL models offer the Mercedes-Benz COMAND (Cockpit Management and Data) system for integrated control of all radio, navigation and vehicle settings.
Available Trims for the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name V8 (2dr Cpe 5.5L) Transmission Automatic MSRP 103600.00 Engine 5.5L/333 City/Hwy MPG 14/21
Name V12 (2dr Cpe 5.5L) Transmission Automatic MSRP 147400.00 Engine 5.5L/336 City/Hwy MPG 11/17
Name V8 AMG (2dr Cpe 6.3L) Transmission Automatic MSRP 137000.00 Engine 6.3L/379 City/Hwy MPG 11/18
Name V12 AMG (2dr Cpe 6.0L) Transmission Automatic MSRP 197500.00 Engine 6.0L/365 City/Hwy MPG 11/17
Name V12 AMG 40th Anv Ed (2dr Cpe 6.0L) Transmission Automatic MSRP 295000.00 Engine 6.0L/365 City/Hwy MPG 11/17

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INTERIOR
  • 14-way pwr front bucket seats w/3-position memory, pneumatic lumbar support
  • (2) rear head restraints w/pwr retractable, manually adjustable fore-aft
  • Heated front seats
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Gloss Burl Walnut wood trim
  • Stainless-steel door sill trim
  • Leather & wood-trimmed steering wheel-inc: audio & multi-function display control, programmable easy-exit feature, mounted shift buttons
  • 4-way pwr tilt/telescopic steering column w/memory
  • COMAND cockpit management & data system-inc: hard drive-based navigation system
  • Multi-function display in instrument cluster-inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, maintenance system, digital speedometer, reminder & malfunction messages, audio status, navigation route guidance, tire pressure
  • Digital display-inc: speedometer, odometer, Touch Shift gear & mode selection
  • Electronic analog tachometer/fuel gauge
  • Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System Plus display-inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders, brake-pad wear
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • SmartKey system-inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, driver-programmable user-recognition features, drive away automatic locking
  • SmartKey infrared remote-inc: windows & sunroof open/close, active ventilated seats on
  • Tele Aid global positioning system (GPS) satellite system-inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock service, automatic alarm/collision notification
  • Hands-free communication system w/voice control
  • Integrated HomeLink compatible 3-button garage door control
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Pwr rear window sunshade w/1-touch express up/down
  • GPS navigation system w/20-GB hard drive
  • Parktronic
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff based on time/driving speed/exterior temp
  • AM/FM/Weatherband radio w/in-dash 6-disc CD changer, memory card slot
  • 11-Speaker 600-watt harman/kardon LOGIC7 5.1 digital surround sound system w/5.1 channel amplifier, digital dynamic volume control
  • Sirius satellite radio
  • Memory card slot for audio files
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors
  • 14-way pwr drive-dynamic multi-contour front bucket seats-inc: 3-position memory, 4-level massage, pneumatic lumbar support
  • Active ventilated front seats w/heating feature
  • Exclusive leather upholstery
  • Multi-function displays in instrument cluster-inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, maintenance system, digital speedometer, reminder & malfunction messages, audio status, navigation route guidance, cruise controls, tire pressure
  • Keyless Go
  • Distronic Plus cruise control w/parking guidance, blind spot assist
  • Wood-trimmed telephone keypad cover w/hand rest
  • Nightview assist active night vision system
  • Rearview monitor
  • Alcantara headliner
  • 14-way pwr drive-dynamic multi-contour front AMG sport seats-inc: 3-position memory, 4-level massage
  • AMG Premium leather upholstery
  • AMG leather steering wheel w/aluminum shift paddles
  • Multi-function displays in instrument cluster-inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, maintenance system, digital speedometer, reminder & malfunction messages, audio status, navigation route guidance, tire pressure
  • AMG gauges w/AMG race timer in digital display
  • AMG analog IWC clock
  • Adjustable LED ambient lighting
  • (3) rear head restraints w/pwr retractable, manually adjustable fore-aft
  • AMG exclusive leather sport seats
  • Stainless-steel door sill trim w/AMG insignia
  • Multi-function steering wheel w/AMG shift paddles
  • COMAND cockpit management & data system-inc: hard drive-based navigation system, audio status, 8" color LCD screen, hands-free communication system controls, driver-programmable settings for instruments, lighting, vehicle, convenience feature
  • 14-Speaker 600-watt harman/kardon LOGIC7 5.1 digital surround sound system w/5.1 channel amplifier, digital dynamic volume control
  • Dual front/rear reading lamps
  • Rear folding center armrest
  • Illuminated trunk w/grocery bag hooks, tie-down hooks
  • Exclusive leather upholstery w/V12 embossing on headrest
  • Carbon fiber trim
  • Stainless-steel AMG door sill trim w/illumination
EXTERIOR
  • Pwr tilt/slide tinted glass sunroof w/1-touch express open/close, memory
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps-inc: polycarbonate lenses, automatic level control, heated headlamp washers, selectable light-sensing auto-on headlamps, automatic lamp substitution
  • Halogen front foglamps
  • Rear foglamp
  • Programmable pwr folding heated mirrors-inc: memory, auto-dimming driver mirror, integrated LED turn signals
  • Infrared rain-sensing aero-blade windshield wipers w/heated washer system
  • Laminated infrared-reflecting & noise insulating glass
  • Pwr trunk w/button on drivers door & trunk lid & SmartKey
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps-inc: polycarbonate lenses, automatic level control, heated headlamp washers, selectable light-sensing auto-on headlamps, automatic lamp substitution, active curve illumination
  • Infrared rain-sensing aero-blade windshield wipers-inc: heated washer system, heated wiper parking position
  • Pneumatic door & trunk closing assist
  • Carbon fiber rear diffuser
MECHANICAL
  • 5.5L DOHC SMPI 32-valve V8 engine
  • 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Independent 4-link front suspension-inc: anti-lift control, stabilizer bar
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension-inc: anti-squat, anti-dive system
  • Active Body Control (ABC)-inc: coil spring & electronically controlled hydraulic cylinder w/gas-pressurized shock absorber at each wheel, automatic all-wheel level control, driver-selectable ride-height control, automatic speed-sensitive lowering
  • P255/45R18 front high performance tires
  • P275/45R18 rear high performance tires
  • 18" x 8.5" front 9-spoke light aluminum wheels
  • 18" x 9.5" rear 9-spoke light aluminum wheels
  • Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel ventilated pwr disc brakes
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist
  • 5.5L SOHC SMPI bi-turbo 36-valve V12 engine
  • 5-speed automatic transmission
  • 18" x 8.5" front 5-spoke light aluminum wheels
  • 18" x 9.5" rear 5-spoke light aluminum wheels
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist plus
  • 6.3L DOHC SMPI 32-valve V8 AMG engine
  • 7-speed automatic drive-adaptive transmission w/AMG SpeedShift
  • AMG modified Active Body Control (ABC)-inc: coil spring & electronically controlled hydraulic cylinder w/gas-pressurized shock absorber at each wheel, automatic all-wheel level control, driver-selectable ride-height control, automatic speed-sensitive lowering
  • P255/35R20 front high performance tires
  • P275/35R20 rear high performance tires
  • 20" x 8.5" front AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 20" x 9.5" rear AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 6.0L SOHC SMPI bi-turbo 36-valve V12 AMG engine
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/AMG SpeedShift
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist system
    • Driver/front passenger adaptive dual-stage airbags
    • Front passenger occupant classification system
    • Front/rear side-impact airbags
    • Front/rear window curtain airbags
    • Drivers knee airbag
    • 3-point seat belts w/emergency tensioning device, dual-stage belt force limiter
    • Electronic stability program (ESP)
    • Universal LATCH (lower anchors & tethers for children) system
    • Illuminated emergency trunk release
    • Pre-Safe system w/extended functions
    • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist plus
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