Mercedes-Benz W215 is First Produced

The Mercedes-Benz W215 is a luxury grand tourer produced by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz between 1999 and 2006.

It was sold under the CL-Class model name. The W215 replaced the previous Mercedes-Benz C140 CL-Class/S-Class coupés after 1998, and preceded the Mercedes-Benz W216 model introduced in 2006. The initial W215 model was produced from 2000 to 2003, then facelifted in 2003 along with the introduction of the 500 HP double-turbocharged 5.5-liter V12.

The third generation of the CL is the W215-chassis coupé of 2000-2006. It is based on the 1999-2004/6 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, though it rides on an 8-inch (203 mm) shorter wheelbase. It is offered as four models: the V8-powered CL500, the supercharged V8-powered CL55 AMG, the V12-powered CL600, a 2001 limited-edition V12-powered CL63 AMG, and the rare bi-turbo V12-powered CL65 AMG, which has continued to the present day. All models seat four.
The CL coupes come equipped with the very latest in Mercedes-Benz technology, and the CL is always the first model to receive new technological features (it introduced the refined Active Body Control fully-active suspension system and Bi-Xenon HID lights). Active Body Control uses four hydraulic suspension rams that use three pressure regulators connected to a combination power steering and suspension pump, pushing fluid at a pressure of 2,960 lbs per sq. in. through the system that, along with several intermediate computers and master CPU, keeps this car absolutely flat through the corners. The CL-class has a lengthy list of custom available features. The following features come standard: climate control, ABC (hydraulic) suspension, all-leather interior, designer wood trim, trip computer, CD, navigation system, front heated seats, power moonroof, as well as power door and trunk closing assist. Optional features include a heated steering wheel and voice-activated telephone, as well as, front fan-cooled and heated seats.
The CL63 AMG is the rarest W215 CL of all. It was produced only in November 2001, and just 26 examples were ever built for sale. The V12-powered CL63 AMG was only sold in Europe and Asia. Mercedes-Benz never offered the W215 CL63 for sale; all were sold exclusively through AMG with a base price of £110,000 (~US$200,000). Although this writer owns two CL63 models that were imported from Europe and Asia respectively.
From 1999 through 2003, the V12-equipped cars featured a cylinder deactivation system called Active Cylinder Control. The feature was dropped when the 500 hp (370 kW) bi-turbo V12 was introduced. This disactivation feature allowed the CL600 to get better mileage than the comparable CL500, especially on the road where the six cylinder operation could be effectively used. Basically this engine is two Mercedes six cylinder series engines mated to a common crank with appropriate engine montoring systems.
Exclusive “designo” packages are also available. These packages add custom color metallic paint, custom color Nappa leather interior and exotic wood trims. They are available in three variants: designo Cashmere, designo Espresso and designo Silver.
In European markets, there was even an optional granite trim that took the place of wood. This was never available in the United States.
In 2003 the cars were upgraded with a newer electronics package that included a DVD-based navigation system instead of the CD-based COMAND system. Also, the engine options changed. The CL55 AMG became supercharged and the V12 CL600 had turbochargers added and a slight engine reduction, from 5.890cc to 5497cc. Both cars produced {{Convert|493|hp|kW|-1|abbr=on the distinction, again, was the quietness of the CL600 as compared to rather noisy CL55 AMG. If you wanted more horsepower, the CL65 pushed out 604 hp in America. European versions, however, produced more. The top speed of the car in America was limited to 155, although dealers could re-map the engine chip, as in the other V-12's, to produce higher speeds: The CL600 could easily achieve 175 plus mph and the CL65 was re-limited to 186mph... again, this could be removed, producing a top speed exceeding two hundred miles an hour.