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What immediately strikes the eye is the innovative front design, which is reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Visually, the radiator grille is not integrated into the hood but formed separately. This further highlights the long, sporty hood. The large, elongated dark air inlets with black grilles also add to the vehicle’s athletic appearance.
Another distinguishing feature comes in the form of the full LED headlamps, which are the world’s first to offer all of the dynamic light functions using LED technology. They are divided into three arrow-shaped layers from top to bottom: the upper layer contains an LED indicator, beneath which is a striking LED side light offers LED low beam functions. The side light can also be seen when the high beam is activated, thereby creating a unique night-time design. The lowest level of the headlamp houses the main beam and nightview functions. A total of 71 LEDs are used.
The interior cockpit features a wrap-around dashboard sweeping from the driver’s door over the instrument panel support and across to the front passenger door. The central display has also been integrated into the upper part of the instrument panel. Highlights include matte galvanized air vents and ahigh-gloss-trimmed analogue clock.
The individual parts of the leather dashboard are sewn together by hand in and fitted and upholstered with high-quality padding. Prior to this process, the leather is also heated to preshrink it, so that it will retain its shape even after extreme exposure to direct sunlight.
Around four animal skins are processed for each CLS. The particularly exclusive 1.6-millimetre thick semi-aniline premium leather meets the highest standards of both look and feel. The natural pore structure remains intact thanks to a light pigmentation, and the leather has an especially warm and soft feel to it. Premium leather requires a very precise manual selection process and therefore a high amount of raw leather. Customers can choose between high-gloss brown burl walnut or high-gloss black ash. Black piano lacquer or carbon fiber trim elements are also available.
Performance from the V8 standard engine is enjoyable with 382 horsepower@ 6,000 or a more enjoyable
507 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm from the AMG version. Pricing is around $78,000 for the “base” version and $20,000 more for the AMG.