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Call it a coupe if you want. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS still has four doors, and at the brass-tacks level, it's still an E Class, albeit one with a new outlook on life.
But what a difference that outlook makes. The CLS has always had a beautiful silhouette--and now that it has more competition, from Europe and from Asia, it's steeled itself with some fascinating new angles and deep new dimples. In the process, it's gone from merely pretty to compelling, tense, and athletic, even inside, where the cabin walks a fine line between glamorous and busy.
The CLS' hallmark relaxed road manners are reined in a little bit, to match its aggressive new looks. The standard V-8 car, with 402 turbocharged horsepower, has a near-bottomless well of torque, and bristles with coupelike performance, though it's still a very comfortable cruiser in all but its most heightened states of electronic tune. It's in AMG-land where the CLS really takes on a new dimension, with up to 550 horsepower and some inspired moves that trim down the usual big-car dynamics into fighting shape. It's a lightsaber of a car that still manages 16/25 mpg on the EPA test cycle, on the same plane as a Porsche Panamera.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS can accommodate drivers wanting finely honed performance or something a little more genteel, and it can do so, really, in any of its three versions.
The whole Mercedes lineup in the midst of an unsubtle leap from feminine to masculine styling, the 2012 CLS sedan joins in this year with bold cues like the ones that now ring out on the E Class and S Class. Only here, it falls into place more neatly and succinctly. Of all the big Benz sedans, the CLS does the best job of melding an older silhouette with the new styling direction, especially from the rear.
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