Choose from a 5.0-litre V8, 6.0 V12 or two AMG-tuned units. The least powerful has 302bhp, the most potent develops 603bhp, so even with lots of weight to haul around and an automatic ’box fitted as standard, all four are very quick, and only an electronic limiter prevents them exceeding 155mph.
Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe ride & handling
The CL is impressively nimble for such a big car, with a smooth, relaxing ride that’s ideal for long-distance cruising. It has electronics to curb cornering lean and give it something of a sporting coupé’s prowess on twisting roads. More electronics prevent the wheels locking up under braking or the car from skidding if mishandled in bends.
Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe refinement
The smooth powerplants deliver the right sounds under acceleration but any engine noise almost disappears once cruising, and the automatic gearbox swaps imperceptibly between ratios to make journeys highly refined. There’s not even much road noise despite the big tyres. However, the frameless side windows create wind noise at typical motorway speeds.