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Old 03-05-2012, 12:10 PM
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Lightbulb Mercedes celebrates 60 years of S-Class coupes with the CL Grand Edition

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In grand tradition, Mercedes-Benz is producing another Grand Edition. This time they're taking the already high-end, high-price, high-style CL-Class coupe and making something God himself might be seen driving. If he could afford it. And if he were European because we Yanks probably won't get the chance to buy one.

Creation of the opulent CL Grand Edition probably takes Mercedes much longer than six days since "handcrafted" and "hand-finished" are used to describe the transformation a CL coupe (either the 550 or 600) undergoes to get the Grand Edition badge. This package is more than just a badge. There's also the choice of three "designo paint finishes" of platinum black metallic, mocha black metallic and for an extra $2,000 the matte magno cashmere white. AMG furnishes front, rear and side sill panels to give it that high-paid sports star look.

Inside, the handcrafted aniline leather is available in black, porcelain and armagnac to go with the CL's standard burl walnut or black ash trim.

Underhood is the CL's bi-turbo 4.6 liter V8 gushing out 435 hp or the CL600's 5.5 liter, bi-turbo V12 with 517 hp. With that kind of power, Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration will never fail you.

If the Grand Edition were available in the States, all the extra luxury would add about $6,400 to the price, not including that unshiny white paint. A wise man might say it's a true bargain considering the special edition only adds about 5% to the base $115,000 price tag.

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Old 03-05-2012, 03:36 PM
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$120,000 doesn't sound bad at all for that car. Granted, I would not be the one spending that on a car, but compared to other models that I know are more than that, the price seems reasonable. What's with the flat paint?

Just fashion, I guess.
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Only two photos? I'm disappointed.
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