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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG first drive

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG first drive

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Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

The four-passenger, rear-wheel drive 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, with a starting price of $99,050, coddles driver and occupants in ultimate luxury: Nappa leather, sports seats, all the bells and whistles included. Besides eye-catching exterior design, the power beneath the hood tells the rest of the story: 507-horsepower 6.3-liter V-8 engine mated with AMG Speedshift plus seven-speed automatic transmission reaches 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Yes, there’s a tradeoff in fuel efficiency, EPA estimated at 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway (versus 14/21 for regular CLS550, which starts at $74,000). Still, small families with luxury sports sedan tastes and cash to spend can get by with either the CLS63 AMG or CLS550.

2011 BMW 7-Series

2011 BMW 7-Series

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BMW Alpina B7

Based on BMW’s flagship 7-Series, the 2011 BMW Alpina B7 offers high-performance and luxury in a family sedan – albeit one that carries a base price of $122,000. Power comes from a 500-horsepower, Alpina-tuned, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine generating 516 pound-feet of torque that still achieves an EPA-estimated 21 mpg highway. Intelligent all-wheel drive system, standard and optional safety features like night vision with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning system, and blind spot detection – and zero to 60 time in 4.5 seconds – call out for applause. Of course, consumers can also go for the $137,000 BMW 760Li with its 535-horsepower 6.0-liter twin-power turbocharged V-12 – that gets an estimated 19 mpg highway. Either way, BMW's 7-Series top-line models (in terms of horsepower, performance and price) are pretty appealing.

2011 Hyundai Equus

2011 Hyundai Equus

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Hyundai Equus

Here’s the only non-500-horsepower sexy family car on the FCG list – but it’s a good one, especially because it’s so unexpected. Hyundai stunned the automotive world with its all-new luxury performance sedan, the 2011 Hyundai Equus. With MSRP starting at $58,000 (Signature) and $64,500 (Ultimate), the rear-wheel drive Equus is powered by the award-winning 385-horsepower 4.6-liter Tau V-8 engine paired with a ZF six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway. Inside, there’s leather everything, including four heated and cooled premium seats and 12-way power driver seat that offers massage. Nine standard airbags, vehicle stability management system, available lane departure warning system and more add to driver and occupant safety. Free maintenance, valet service, and impressive warranty are other standout Equus selling points. See The Car Connection review of the 2011 Hyundai Equus here.

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  1. An Equus is not sexy ...
     
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  2. What kind of families are we talking about? I know my family can't afford a $100,000 car. How did the Taurus SHO not make the list? It boasts the same hp as the Equus, better MPG than all of them, and starts at $37,000. Doesn't that seem like an ideal family car? I don't think a story about family cars should only represent the upper class families (5% of society).
     
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  3. With the exception of the hyundai, none of these cars are priced for the average middle class american family. Here are my picks for the more realistic sexy family cars.
    1. 2011 Chrysler 300, always sexy and available 6.0l 425hp V8 for half the price of most of the above cars.
    2. Audi A6, you have gotta see it in person, kinda pricy though.
    3. Hyundai Genesis, great styling and strong V6 lineup.
    4. Chev Malibu, economical and very handsome interior to compliment the exterior.
    5. Dodge Charger, not quite the sexy type but adds a musclular flare to the list many families will enjoy, plus the same powertrain as the 300.
    Who else wants to add?
     
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  4. I would have to agree with Patrick although these cars are very nice this is clearly a very extravagant selection which are only available to the families of diplomats or the extremely wealthy... I did enjoy the article though.
     
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  5. Hello to all--great comments and thank you. Granted, these cars are at the upper end, and the idea was to present a list of cars with mega-horsepower, dynamic handling and great exterior design. But as pointed out, there are some more affordable family cars that are also sexy. FCG will do a list that includes them. Thanks, again, for your input.
     
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  6. I hope when you do that update, you add the new Volvo S60. It's a tremendous value over the German and some Japanese competitors, especially when you consider the family budget-friendly free maintenance for 5 years/60,000 miles.
     
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  7. I agree with some of the other comments. The new 300 is good value, has a refined presence, and just sexy enough to make this list. I owned a Audi A6 Avant - a real looker and heaps cargo space. The Volvo S60 is a another good nominee for the list. How about a reader's choice?
     
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  8. Our Sienna is sexy - especially when my wife drives it!
     
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  9. Get a good car a cadillac!if that aint good enough the mercedes or even audi will will do ,I have no complaints and drive them for years!!
     
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