A 603HP Mercedes CL65 AMG For The Price Of A Mustang? Your Service Guy Will Be So Happy!

The second generation Mercedes-Benz CL-Class led to one of the world’s most luxurious and powerful two-door luxury cars in the form of the CL65 AMG, which put out an astonishing 603 HP (612 PS).

Not only that, but its massive twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 also generated 738 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque. Thanks to all this grunt, it could rocket from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds before maxing out at an electronically-limited 250 km/h (155 mph).

Of course, the best part about a luxury grand tourer is that when you’re not interested in going really fast, it can also get you to your destination in a very comfortable manner – and the CL65 is no exception, despite its age.

This is a 2006 model, but as you’ll see over the course of this review by Doug DeMuro, he found it to be excellent in terms of both quality as well as refinement. Even the quirks are somewhat elegant in nature, such as the buttons for the electric mirrors, or the unique way in which the doors open by sliding forward, not just outwards.

After taking it out in traffic, DeMuro immediately stated that the CL65 feels very solid and heavy, and that outside noise will definitely struggle to reach your ears – always ideal in a luxury car.

As for performance, he found that this car’s V12 engine provides excellent acceleration, saying that it “builds power like a jet” and that you can find yourself doing 130 mph (210 km/h) without even realizing it.

The best part, though, is its price: when new, you had to be super-rich to get one, while now you can grab this uber-Merc for just $30k. Just make sure that you can afford the maintenance costs that go hand-in-hand with such a high performance vehicle.



  • Bash

    Sure it’s an amazing car and all, but totally not worth it.

    • Kagan

      In god shape it is worth it.

      • Bash

        No it’s not mate, or it is until you face your first maintanence bill.

        • Kagan

          Hey mate you missed the condition good shape!

          • brn

            Cars in good shape still need maintenance.

          • Kagan

            All cars needs maintenance and that’s is not expensive on this cars. Ferraris are expensive!

          • Actually… AMG V12 maintenance can be equally Ferrari expensive.

          • Bash

            Hey mate you missed that it’s 12 years old car.

          • Kagan

            No but you didn’t get the point!

          • Bash

            I did, but you didn’t understands the other point, which is the main one!

          • Kagan

            No you still don’t get it.

          • Bash

            ok Bye.

          • Kagan

            Bye bye

  • Kagan

    This car came out in 1999 or so. It was and is probably one of the prettiest in the front but the back is a different story.

  • Nick099

    Looked into buying one of these but research showed maintenance costs are astro-freakin-nominal.

    Bought a 300SRT instead. 0 to 60 in 4.3, top speed 175. Maintenance costs…negligible. Yeah, yeah…can hear the frowns already. But that is reality

  • SteersUright

    I wish there was a way to take cool old cars like these and update all the info screens. Those are the parts that date even a used car that’s just 3-4 years old, given how fast infotainment systems move to higher and higher resolutions, etc. Many old cars like this Merc still look beautiful on the outside and are really compelling to me (e92 M3 for example) until I get in them and all the screens are so low res, monochromatic, and I get this old ass vibe on the inside.

  • Bash

    Seems me and you are in fact on the same page; Its only affordable until the next service/the next breakdown.

  • Nordschleife

    By no means is anyone negating the fact that the maintenance on these cars are expensive but if people want to take the chance then let them take the chance. It’s their money, not yours and as I said on YouTube passion can sometimes take precedence over practicality .

  • lapirk

    Doug the type of guy to walk around his house saying “THIS” every few minutes..

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