Mercedes Adds 4Matic CL550, Prices C63 AMG
Since Mercedes is making product announcements on the scale of Coca-Cola changing the cap on its 20 oz. bottles, they get rolled into a double pointed post. First, for the first time in recent years, Benz will be selling a 4Matic coupe: the CL550. Although all Mercedes sedans are all available with all wheel-drive, the two-door range has been left in in the cold without snowshoes (or something like that). From a marketing standpoint , I don't get it. Owners of such an expensive car frequently maintain a separate all weather vehicle. I would've given the extra traction (in theory) to the CLK. That model's more of a daily driver and competes directly with the BMW 3-Series coupes, already available with four wheeled propulsion. Second, Benz has i stickering the new 450-horse C63 AMG sedan at $53,800. That's only $1,775 more than a basic run of the mill base E350. Benz also released pictures of the C63 plutonium-powered wagon, but Benz PR Manager Robert Moran tells me "there are no plans" to bring the wagon Stateside. Never mind. Will 5,380 people loan me ten bucks each, please?
$1,775? Sounds like a bargain :) Check your math good sir!
If only there was a 4matic version of the torquey turbocharged CL600.....the ultimate holeshot-mobile!
Headline confusion notice: The headline says "CLK", the body text says "CL". From the context, sounds like it's the CL. Thanks for correcting. Having said that, I first agree that the CLK should have gotten the 4Matic (the headline made sense) instead of the CL. And I attribute this proliferation of 4WD coupes to the advent of the Audi A5. Soon enough, BMW had to offer xDrive on the 3-er coupes (even the 335i). Will Infiniti be following suit with ATTESA on the G37?