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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|2013 Mercedes-Benz CL ClassBrowse Used Listings||2013 BMW 6-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2013 Mercedes-Benz SL ClassBrowse Used Listings||2013 Bentley Continental GTBrowse Used Listings||2013 Maserati GranTurismoBrowse Used Listings||2012 Aston Martin VirageBrowse Used Listings|
|12 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Turbocharged Gas I6||Turbocharged Gas V8||Gas/Ethanol W12||Gas V8||Gas V12|
|Compact||Compact Cars||2 Seater||Compact Cars||Subcompact Cars||Minicompact Cars|
|2-Door Coupe CL 550 4MATIC||2-Door Coupe 640i||2-Door Roadster SL 550||2-Door Coupe||2-Door Coupe GranTurismo Sport||2-Door Coupe|
|All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift|
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|2013 Mercedes-Benz CL Class vs. 2013 BMW 6-Series||2013 Mercedes-Benz CL Class vs. 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Class||2013 Mercedes-Benz CL Class vs. 2013 Bentley Continental GT||2013 Mercedes-Benz CL Class vs. 2013 Maserati GranTurismo||2013 Mercedes-Benz CL Class vs. 2012 Aston Martin Virage|