Our Test Drive of the New Mercedes-Benz C-Class W205 (German)
A first test drive with the Mercedes C 250 (W205) in Marseille, France.
With special guest appearances:
Prof. Gorden Wagener (Vice President Design, Daimler AG)
MC Winkel (whudat.de)
Axel Griesinger (bigblogg.de)
Fabian Mechtel (autorevue.at)
Special thanks to Dirk Weyhenmeyer
Music by Christian Petermann, Alexander Röder and Tilman Sillescu,
licensed through ProudMusicLibrary.com
Mercedes Benz CL600 Promo Video
The third generation of the CL is the W215-chassis coupé of 2000 to 2006.
It is based on the 1999-2004/5 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, though it rides on an
8-inch (203 mm) shorter wheelbase. It is offered as four models: the
V8-powered CL500, the supercharged V8-powered CL55 AMG, the V12-powered
CL600 and the rare bi-turbo V12-powered
CL65 AMG. The limited-edition V12-powered CL63 AMG was sold in 2001 only.
All models seat four.
The CL coupes come equipped with the very latest in Mercedes-Benz
technology, and the CL is always the first model to receive new
technological features (it introduced the refined Active Body Control
fully-active suspension system and Bi-Xenon HID lights).The CL-class has
among the most popular luxury coupes in the world, outselling rivals such
as the Jaguar XK8 coupe and the Bentley Continental GT.
The CL-class has a lengthy list of available features. The following
features come standard: climate control, full air suspension, all-leather
interior, wood trim, trip computer, CD, navigation system, front heated
seats, power moonroof, as well as power door and trunk closing assist.
Optional features include a heated steering wheel and voice-activated
telephone, as well as front fan-cooled seats.
Exclusive "designo" packages are also available. These packages add custom
color metallic paint, custom color Nappa leather interior and exotic wood
trims. They are available in three variants: designo Cashmere, designo
Espresso and designo Silver.
In European markets, there was even an optional granite trim that took the
place of wood. This was never available in the United States.
In 2003 the cars were upgraded with a newer electronics package that
included a DVD-based navigation system instead of the CD-based COMAND
system. Also, the engine options changed. The CL55 AMG became supercharged
and the V12 CL600 had turbochargers
added. Both cars produced 500 horsepower (370 kW).