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2013 Mercedes-Benz CL Class vs. Its Competition

 
2013 Mercedes-Benz CL Class
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Four-seat coupes in the $100,000-and-up price bracket are rare birds.

The Mercedes-Benz CL compares well with the more expensive Bentley Continental GT, though it lacks that coupe's all-wheel drive and its handcrafted aura.

The BMW 6-Series can be priced far lower than the CL, but M6 versions are quite expensive and are more extreme performance machines than the CL AMG two-doors; they also can be had as convertibles, and this year, a new Gran Sport four-door model is also grouped under the 6-Series aegis.

The Maserati GranTurismo is exceptionally attractive as a coupe or convertible, and sports Ferrari-derived power and real rear-seat room.

The Aston Virage? Much the same, save for its Aston-built engines and its perfectly tasteful, impeccably refined style.

Finally, since the rear two seats of the CL are rarely used, the Mercedes SL roadsters are a suitable substitute; they're new this year, with a more emphatic, linear style and more muscular performance, especially in SL 63 AMG and in the coming SL 65 AMG editions.

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Bristling with performance and technology, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL Class still is cozy enough to coddle the super-wealthy.
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With the addition of a new four-door Gran Coupe and M6 Coupe, the 6-Series lineup covers the full range of personal luxury, from soft and elegant to sharp and athletic.
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The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Class toughens up its image and its handling, but still feels more content as a grand touring grand dame.
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Perfectly behaved and universally unflappable, the 2013 Bentley Continental GT downsizes into a V-8 future without losing its grip on luxury or performance.
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Earthy exhaust tones and serene handling carve out a distinctive niche for the fabulous Maserati GranTurismo.
MSRP From     
$115,300$74,900$105,500$196,700$126,000$207,895
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Turbocharged Gas V8Gas/Ethanol W12Gas V8Gas V12
EPA Class     
CompactCompact Cars2 SeaterCompact CarsSubcompact CarsMinicompact Cars
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe CL550 4MATIC2-Door Coupe 640i2-Door Roadster SL5502-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe GranTurismo Sport2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain     
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
442444
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
CoupeCoupeConvertibleCoupeCoupeCoupe
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift
 
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