Portrait of a Supercar: Mercedes CLS63 AMG

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Frank Sinatra said it best: “I will feel a glow just thinking of you… And the way you look tonight.” Sure, Frankie boy was probably thinking of a woman—or a few—but that lyric can easily be applied to me.

My makers at Mercedes are trying to build upon their classic heritage and look to the future with the CLS63 AMG.

Looking for speed and fluidity on the road? I have you covered. My all new 5.5-liter Biturbo V-8 commodore of an engine brings a natural feel with 518 horsepower and overall improved efficiency. Want more? Get the AMG Performance Package and kick it up to 550 horsepower and 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

But let’s cut away from the numbers and focus on my unique flavor that’s reserved for the lucky ones—the ones who care for quality and comfort and want to shine like shooting stars.

Handcrafted from an AMG Master Engine Builder—yes, that’s a real title—our AMG product mixes a tradition of excellence with historic implications and an evolutionary aura.

The new 7-speed AMG Speedshift MCT transmission offers a fuel-saving ECO start/stop system and shifts rather quickly. The Sport mode alone reduces shift times by up to 30 percent. Sport and the paddle-shifted manual modes allow for shifts in 100 milliseconds. Instantaneous indeed.

In terms of body design, 19-inch wheels add to the racing feel of my exterior and interior for a dominant and bold look.

Ever get the chance to fine tune your car’s performance and character? My AMG Drive Unit allows for driver selectable transmission, suspension and steering settings.

imageBetween you and me are AMG sports seats crafted from premium leather with double-stitched seams. Are you the bossy type? How about active ventilated and full power adjustment and memory systems in the seats? Sounds intense and user dominated, just the way you like it. Me too.

Something I really enjoy is the LEDs and fiber optics that offer a subtle glow underneath my dashboard and door panels. Adding to the already wholesome individualistic design patterns, you can choose from three illumination color profiles.

In the parking lot or in your own neighborhood, other vehicles will look on in amazement. There’s no trash talking, no competition, no jealousy. Simply put, I’m in my own class, I’m the teacher, the principal, the superintendent. I run the school.

“Mm, Mm, Mm, Mm, just the way I look tonight.”

MSRP: $94,900
0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds
5.5 liter V-8 engine Biturbo
518 hp at 5,250-5,750 rpm
7-speed AMG Speedshift MCT transmission
Fuel: 15 mpg city/ 22 mpg highway

cal hunter

At night when Cal Hunter's family is asleep, the only thing he loves more than a tall glass of Wild Turkey next to his Mac is the clicking of keys when thoughts become words and sentences become a story. He thinks, he lives, he writes. There isn't much more to know.