The 2006 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is one of the most admirable coupes on the market today. While its name might incite comparisons to the C-Class or CLK-Class, the CL-Class is actually designed after Mercedes-Benz’s classic S-Class sedan. This luxuriously updated coupe debuted in 2000, with a more sweeping look than its 1990s predecessor.
The 2006 CL-Class comes in the standard CL500 model, with a powerful V-8 engine, while the CL600 rises to a whole new tier of strength and performance with its impressive V-12 machine. The class also includes the sportier CL55 AMG and CL65 AMG models. At all trim levels, the 2006 CL-Class lineup offers a meticulously designed mating of athletic prowess, modern technology, and European luxury. This sporty, two-seat coupe perhaps best suits buyers more interested in some powerful weekend fun than everyday business; however, with its wealth of interior luxuries and creature comforts, both driver and passenger can look forward to a comfortable and exciting trip, no matter how far they’re going.
The CL500 sees no significant changes in 2006, while the CL600 acquires some previously optional features as standard inclusions. In addition, the two AMG models now include the AMG Sport package as a standard offering.
Body styles: two-door coupe
Engines: 5.0-liter V-8 (CL500), 5.5-liter V-12 (CL600), 5.4-liter V-8 (CL55 AMG), 6.0-liter V-12 (CL65 AMG)
Transmissions: seven-speed automatic (CL500), five-speed automatic (CL600)
Models: CL500, CL600, CL55 AMG, CL65 AMG
While 2006 brings no notable improvements to the CL500, the CL600 enjoys the boost of having some old options now included as standard features. These luxurious offerings include a heated steering wheel, an electronic trunk closer, and Keyless Go, which allows for remote locking and keyless starting.
The sleek 2006 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is far from the flashiest luxury coupe on the road today, but it still manages to cut an impressive figure. With over a dozen exterior paint colors to choose from, the CL-Class’s attractive figure can be dressed to please any taste. The coupe sits on polished alloy wheels—18 inches on the CL500 and CL600 and 19 inches on the CL55 and 65 AMG. Other luxury exterior features include a power rear sunshade and a power glass sunroof, intermittent windshield wipers, and a rear defogger.
The 2006 CL-Class doesn’t hold much back when it comes to interior luxury. Both the CL500 and the CL600 offer a full range of the decadent accessories you’d hope to find in a coupe of this status and price. Standard features include power-adjustable seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, and a DVD-based navigation system. As additional options, the CL-Class offers high-tech features such as ventilated seats with built-in fans, massaging seats with power lumbar support, and parking sensors. Drape the whole thing in generous amounts of leather upholstery and wood trim and you have a luxurious, European-style cabin that matches the machine’s enjoyable drive.
Performance & Handling
The CL500’s V-8 engine hands out its power with a seven-speed automatic transmission, pulling out 302 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the CL600’s V-12 powerhouse, mediated with a five-speed automatic transmission, excels with twin turbochargers, creating a remarkable 492 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes rates both models from zero to 60 mph in a mere 4.5 seconds.
Both of these formidable driving machines make for a thrilling experience behind the wheel for those in search of a little adrenaline. At the same time, the CL-Class provides a smooth, subdued ride for drivers who prefer a calm and quiet cruise around town. There is some variability in acceleration speed for all models, but otherwise this top-of-the-line coupe performs without a hitch. The CL belies its two tons of weight by tackling twists and turns with the ease of a much smaller automobile. This is primarily thanks to the Active Body Control system, which suppresses body rolling during aggressive driving. Whatever driving conditions you might be working with, the CL-Class can easily conform to any situation.
Mercedes-Benz has always boasted a strong reputation for the safety of its vehicles, and the 2006 CL-Class offers no exception. Standard safety offerings include electronic traction and stability control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with emergency braking assist, seat- and headliner-mounted airbags, and seat belt pre-tensioners and belt-force limiters in all four seats. Additional safety equipment includes a remote anti-theft alarm system, child seat anchors, self-leveling headlights, and tire pressure monitoring.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz CL500: 14/22 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz CL600: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG: 13/20 city/highway
Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: 11/18 city/highway
- Wide selection of high-tech features
- Classically refined design
- Outstanding strength and performance
You Won't Like
- Complicated navigation system
- Tight rear seating
An impressive blend of luxury, strength, and performance.
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