2001 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

  • 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class CL500 Coupe

    CL500 Coupe

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    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      5.0L V8
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  • 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class CL55 AMG Coupe

    CL55 AMG Coupe

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    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      5.4L V8
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  • 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class CL600 Coupe

    CL600 Coupe

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    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      5.8L V12
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2001 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Review

A high-performance, high-luxury coupe.

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The 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class brings styling, performance, and luxury to the classic coupe. It's a powerful two-door automobile that’s on the cutting edge while it's high-tech, fun to drive, and surprisingly affordable.

The 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is equipped with a powerful engine. Depending on the model, consumers can enjoy a V-8 or a V-12 with an automatic transmission that’s shiftable for the convenience of an automatic with some of the control of a manual.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 5.0-liter V-8, 5.5-liter V-8, 5.8-liter V-12
Transmissions: five-speed shiftable automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz CL500, Mercedes-Benz CL600, Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG

What's New

The 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class introduces the CL600, which combines a streamlined, lighter vehicle with an aerodynamic shape and a massive 5.8-liter V-12 engine. Consumers will also find plenty of 21st-century technical advances including dystonic cruise control.


The exterior of the 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is designed to be aerodynamic with a rounder shape to cut down wind resistance and help consumers really take advantage of that powerful engine. The CL features 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires and 18-inch alloy wheels with performance tires on the CL55, a power rear sunshade, and power glass moonroof with rain-sensing windshield wipers.


The 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is loaded with luxury for both driver and passenger: heated 14-way power, leather bucket front seats with adjustable lumbar support to adaptive cruise control to a tilt, telescopic steering wheel with audio control on the wheel. Consumers will also enjoy leather and wood trim, dual zone climate controls, memorized settings for three drivers including the steering wheel and rear view mirror, an emergency assist system, a navigation system, and Bose speakers with AM/FM CD stereo.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class made performance and handling a priority. The CL500’s five-liter V-8 delivers 302 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque, while consumer will get 362 horses out of the CL600’s V-12 and 354 hp from the CL55’s AMG V-8. The five-speed shiftable automatic gives convenience and control and a tight four-wheel independent suspension on a lighter than usual vehicle with Mercedes-Benz’ Active Body Control stabilization system. Speed sensitive power steering and traction control are standard on all models.


The 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class made safety important; it features four-wheel ABS, front and rear head airbags, dual front and rear side-mounted airbags, emergency braking assist, turn signals on the mirrors, electronic brake force distribution, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, an alarm system, and an engine immobilizer.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes Benz CL500: 14/21 mpg city/highway
Mercedes Benz CL600: 14/21 mpg city/highway
Mercedes Benz CL55 AMG: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Luxurious interior
  • Powerful V-8 or V-12 engine
  • High performance
  • Big on safety

You Won't Like

  • Not inexpensive
  • Not as comfortable for rear seat passengers
  • COMAND control system for navigation not for everybody

Sum Up

A high-performance, high-luxury coupe.

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