Mercedes-benz to Offer 40th Anniversary Edition

By: Dwyane Thomas

2007 is a significant year for Mercedes-AMG for two reasons: the first one is the arrival of a new top model, the CL65 AMG high-performance coupe which delivers 450 kW/612 hp V12 engine and rounds off the AMG range. It will also take part as one of the 40th Anniversary limited edition models. The second reason is the coming of the high-performance brand of Mercedes Car Group (MCG) which will commemorate the company's 40th birthday for this year.

The new CL65 is powered by an AMG 6.0 Liter V12 biturbo engine likened to those employed to the S65 AMG and SL65 AMG twelve-cylinder models. The AMG 6.0 Liter V12 biturbo engine delivers a maximum output of 450 kW/612 hp with a maximum torque of 1000 Newton meters which are reflected in its outstanding performance data that states that the CL65 AMG can reach 100km/h in 4.4 seconds and reaches the 200km/h in a matter of 13.3 seconds. The maximum speed that it can reach is 250 km/h but still electronically limited.

The standard features that are included in the CL65 are the following: an AMG body styling, 20-inch AMG forged wheels, unique AMG interior and highly advanced technology such as the AMG sports suspension, based on the Active Body Control System and the anticipatory occupant protection system PRE-SAFE®.

Also included in the CL65 is the AMG high-performance brake system with new double-frame sliding calipers that provide maximum deceleration without fading. And in times when emergency braking is required from 100km/h, the CL65 AMG comes to a standstill at 35.6 meters which represents a maximum deceleration of 11.1m/s2. And since it's created by Benz it will also come equipped with top-of-the-line Mercedes auto components such as the .

To mark the 40th anniversary of Mercedes-AMG--- the high performance brand of the Mercedes Car Group--- a new type of paint finish which reflects the status of this exclusive version and are restricted to just 40 vehicles in the whole world is going to be used. The AMG Alubeam which is a unique paint finish and seen only on a handful of Mercedes show cars is going to be applied on the CL65.

The AMG Alubeam makes use of a process wherein the paint gleams like liquid metal. The color, which seems to be stretched over the vehicle body like a metallic skin, emphasizes the compelling lines of the large Mercedes coupe while the light further makes the color to become more vivid. This remarkable paint finish is achieved through the use of pigment particles which measure just 30 to 50 nanometers allowing them to be incorporated in the surface of the paint much more evenly. As a result, the light is reflected more intensively and at the same time the luster of the paintwork is enhanced. No ordinary car paint with pigments measuring between 100 and 300 nanometers is capable of providing such remarkable effect.

A perfect paint calls for an equally perfect body surface. The Mercedes experts were able to achieve such in the CL65 through an elaborate process before the actual painting stage. The AMG Alubeam also has a clear coat which enhanced scratch resistance and in turn provides greater protection from environmental influences.

The CL65 is not only amazing from the outside but also in the inside. The CL65 AMG "40th Anniversary" edition features two-tone EXCLUSIVE PASSION all-Nappa-leather upholstery with a diamond pattern, a color-coordinated Alcantara roof lining and embossed V12 logos on the front head restraints. Likewise, the airbag unit of the AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel is also finished in Nappa leather. High-quality trim elements made from genuine carbon gives the CL65 a sporty look.

To serve as a reminder of the incomparable history of AMG a lettering of the 40th Anniversary is placed on the center console to confirm the exceptional character of the new coupe. A "ONE OUT OF 40' badge on the hand rest of the COMAND controller is also provided as evidence of the car's highly exclusive status.

The CL65 is designed by the specialists of the AMG Performance Studio which was set up last 2006. The 40th Anniversary CL65 belongs to the exclusive category of vehicles with distinctive look and feel that differentiates them from the series-production models.

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