One Fast Mercedes

Drove down to Portland, Oregon, last week for the North West SUV of the Year event, nicknamed mudfest. I’ll talk about that at a later date, once the winners have been announced, but we had a pretty sweet ride to drive down in – the Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG.


Even the plain (if you could call it that) CLS is stunning, arguably one of the most beautiful cars on the road. And with a 302 horsepower V8, the CLS 500 is plenty powerful.


However the CLS 55 gets a supercharged V8 that puts out an impressive 469 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Step on the gas and you blast off like a rocket with this amazing engine growl. That sound makes you want to slow down just so you can floor it again.


We averaged around 70 mph on the 180 mile trip down to Portland, and surprisingly got almost 21 mpg. Not stellar, but not bad for such a powerful car.


Seats are heated and cooled, and even have a pulse-massage system. Rear seats have their own temp settings, as we found out inadvertantlly – apparently front seat passengers can be comfortable while the rear seat thermostat can be set to 90 degrees. Luckily, the rear thermostat can be adjusted from the front controls.


A wonderful car to drive as well as to look at, but at $92,000, its a bit pricey.

Perry Stern