The Mercedes CLS has always been one of the best looking cars of the 21st century. How else could you get a sleek 4-door coupe which looks like it’s worth at least 100 grand?
And the thought of a sleek Mercedes without a V8 engine is laughable! But it seems (it breaks my heart to say this) that the engineers at Stuttgart are deadly serious about that thought. (According to Autocar magazine)
The upcoming replacement for the current Mercedes CLS, isn’t having a V8 engine. Which means you can kiss goodbye to the fabulous CLS 63 AMG…
So why’s this so? Why is it the CLS that has to lose the diamond?
The AMG GT 4-Door
If you were watching the Jeremy Kyle show, and somehow missed out on the Geneva Motor Show, then Mercedes unveiled a concept car which caught every petrolhead’s attention.
The AMG GT 4-Door is now currently a work in progress, and a production version is being readied for 2018.
It’ll be powered by the tried and tested 4.0 litre twin turbocharged V8, coupled with electric motors, not to mention with F1-style dynamics to make this thing a 4-door supercar.
And that’s a problem, however awesome this car may be, it’ll jump up and down all over the CLS. Meaning that there’s pretty much no point in making a future Mercedes CLS 63 AMG.
So there we are, the ‘CLS with no V8’ plot has had the green light, because of the AMG GT…
So What’s Being Proposed Instead?
If you’re already upset about the new Mercedes CLS not having a V8, then you’ll be crying on the floor in a puddle of tears, if I told you that there will be NO M6/RS7 rival either!
Again, the AMG GT 4-Door seems like enough for Mercedes.
To sit on top of the range, there is going to be a twin turbocharged 3.0 litre six cylinder, kicking out around 450bhp and will accelerate from 0-60 in the early 4 second range.
That’s pretty much the fastest CLS you’ll be able to get in the future. Sad, isn’t it?
Oh and by the way, there’ll be no shooting brake version either. Mercedes only managed to shift 750 in the UK last year, so there’s no more of the awesome estate CLS either…
So what do you think about the new CLS having no V8 engine? Are you triggered at the new hybrid tech? Let us know in the comments below!