2003 Mercedes-Benz CL 600

The CL-Class of Mercedes-Benz has in the past been a highlight of inovative technology and refined grand touring. With the next evolution of the CL comes the most powerfull version to date. For 2003 Mercede-Benz has opted to use thier Maybach V12 engine in the coupe. This powerplant will immediately launch the car to supercar status having 500 horepower on tap.

The newly developed V12 is twin turbocharged, a first for the CL range. The power figure of 500hp is an increase of 36% over its predecessor. Torque was increased 51% over the 2000 model.

In addition to the twin turbochargers the highlights of the new V12-engine include a special low-temperature circuit with two water intercoolers, three-valve technology and AC twin-spark ignition with constant ionic current measurement for optimal ignition. Thanks to this advanced engine technology and efficient emission control with two firewall-mounted catalytic converters the new Mercedes twelve-cylinder already meets the stringent EU-4 emission limits for the year 2005. says MB.

Much like the recent E-Class devlopment, the CL benfits from Adaptive Body Control. This system of active damping was premiered on the CL class back in 1999.

As you woud expect minor cosmetic updates both in and out of the car were performed by Mercedes-Benz. Such updates include newely formed switches, refined bumpers, new rear lights, seats and center console. Overall the designers at MB kept the car looking quite similar to the previous year’s CL.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
engineV12
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationTwin-Turbocharged
valvetrainSOHC, 3 Valves per Cyl
displacement5513 cc / 336.4 in³
bore82 mm / 3.23 in
stroke87 mm / 3.43 in
compression9.0:1
power372.9 kw / 500 bhp @ 5000 rpm
specific output90.69 bhp per litre
bhp/weight240.96 bhp per tonne
torque800 nm / 590.0 ft lbs @ 1800-3500 rpm
redline6050
body / frameUnit Steel
driven wheelsRWD
front tires245/45 R 18
rear tires265/40 R 18
front brakesVented Discs w/ABS, Power Assist, ESP
f brake sizemm / in
rear brakesVented Discs w/ABS, Power Assist, ESP
r brake sizemm / in
front wheelsF 45.7 x 20.3 cm / 18.0 x 8.0 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 22.9 cm / 18.0 x 9.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Variable Ratio Assist
f suspension4-Link Multi-Link w/ABC acative damping system
r suspensionMulti-Link w/ABC acative damping system
curb weight2075 kg / 4575 lbs
wheelbase2285 mm / 90.0 in
front track1577 mm / 62.1 in
rear track1578 mm / 62.1 in
length4993 mm / 196.6 in
width1857 mm / 73.1 in
height1398 mm / 55.0 in
transmission5-Speed Automatic
gear ratios3.59:1, 2.19:1, 1.41:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1, :1
final drive2.82:1
top speed~250 kph / 155.3 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.7 seconds