For the top-of-the-range CL 600, Mercedes-Benz has developed a new 12-cylinder engine with 270 kW/367 hp. Like the V8 engine of the CL 500 (225 kW/306 hp), the 12-cylinder unit is characterized by special technical features such as dual-spark ignition, automatic cylinder cutout and a state-of-the-art modern lightweight construction.
The long list of trailblazing innovations is headed by Active Body Control, the standard-fitted active suspension system that is making its worldwide debut in the new CL. This unique system achieves an unprecedented optimal balance between driving dynamics and ride comfort.
The main functional components of active suspension are the hydraulically adjusted servo cylinders, or plungers in the suspension struts. These plungers essentially consist of a sliding sleeve with the coil spring mounted at its top end. When the car is on the move, the hydraulic system drives the plunger, exerting auxiliary forces that modify the action of the coil spring. In response to any tendency of the car body to pitch, roll or lift, the cylinder generates different degrees of extension at the foot of the coil spring to counteract and significantly reduce body movements.
The amount of pressure applied to the springs and the duration of application are determined by the sensor signals indicating the current body position relative to correct leveling and the body acceleration. This data is processed by the two microcomputers of the active suspension system using special plunger control algorithms. Whereas, in conventional vehicles, the body movements due to the action of forces of inertia, braking or acceleration and to the variations in wheel loads can only be limited after the event, Active Body Control detects these movements in the very early stages and can immediately correct them, within a fraction of a second.
Driving enjoyment and dynamic handling thanks to technical innovations — with this message, the new Mercedes-Benz CL marks the new pinnacle of German auto production in this vehicle class. The exclusive character of the Mercedes coupe is stamped by leading-edge technology, including features offered by no other car in the world, complemented by correspondingly innovative design.