What more could you want?
There are plenty of high-dollar thrill machines out there you could buy. Driveway jewelry such as an Audi R8 5.2, an Aston Martin Rapide or a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG are very effective accessories to help you show off in front of your neighbours.
On the other hand, need you really spend that much to obtain exhilarating performance, gorgeous sheet metal and that all-important aura of prestige? No, you need not.
You see, the AMG version of Mercedes' CLS-Class sedan -- or four-door coupe, whatever you want to call it -- provides everything you need for feeling big and powerful as well as ticking off the guy living across the street.
Window-shattering engine sounds
The most alluring aspect of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG is what's under the hood. The new 5.5L V8, force-fed by two turbochargers, develops 518 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. If that's not enough, the optional AMG Performance Package bumps output to 550 hp and 590 lb-ft.
Equipped with a launch control feature, the 518-hp CLS 63 AMG rips to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds while providing an aural feast you'll fantasize about in your wildest dreams for years to come. If you haven't sampled any of AMG's powertrains recently, let us sum it up for you: they're loud, they're extroverted and they'll make you feel like you've got bigger biceps than a bodybuilder.
And before you dismiss the CLS 63 as a gas-swilling, environmentally unfriendly beast, you'd only be partially right; the car also features stop-start technology that works more effectively than the system in the Porsche Panamera. It functions as long as you keep the drive system in 'E' mode.
As a result, we're averaging 14 L/100 km over the course of the test. It might not deserve popping a bottle of champagne over, but it's not too bad for a 518-hp luxury missile.
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