New car reviews

2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500

Meet the future frown of choice

Mark -Stretch- Batchelor, Thu, 22 Dec 2005 08:00:00 PDT

Driving the 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 is being in the 1980's film BladeRunner incarnate. The 1980's film of L.A.'s future has come to 2006 in the shape of the Mercedes-Benz CLS 500. . The 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 doesn't hover, yet, but the 5.0L V8 single overhead cam (SOHC), rear wheel drive 7 speed shiftable automatic transmission comes close to airborne status.<

5.0 liter. Say it. Normal aspirated 24 valve 302hp, 339ft-lbs torque breathing honkn' lead-foot, - name your metaphor of choice -powerplant. This is NOT your hybrid poster car of the month. Sport shift mode should be the default setting. Luxury sedan with a sports car heart. The new Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 sits on 18 " wheels all around BUT the front wheel/tire combination is one inch smaller diameter. Subtle, seductive and invitingly clever. Typifying the ingenious engineering under "the look. "



Wherever I drove the new Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 rotated heads. No matter what they were driving or simply walking, people notice the new Mercedes-Benz CLS 500. A frown when viewed from the side or an upside down happy face. Sculptured aerodynamic compound curves. You choose your half glass empty/full outlook, but regardless, the new Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 is a standout. This ain't no Accord or Camry.

The new 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 has four-wheel independent suspension, front and rear stabilizer bar active suspension, and gotta have self leveling suspension. What is all these marketing terms for engineering mechanisms? Simply, the driver can stick the new 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 on any road surface in any weather and the machine will obliged.

Front and rear ventilated disc brakes, 4-wheel ABS, emergency braking assist, traction control stability control combine to help the aggressive driver keep his vehicle on the road.

Dual front and dual rear side-mounted airbags front and rear head airbags passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation are standard in the new Mercedes-Benz CLS 500.

Cushy leather upholstery, 10-way power driver seat height adjustable driver with power adjustable lumbar support come standard. Single CD, (6 CD optional), AM/FM radio, 10 speaker rockn' speed sensitive volume control passed the Bruce Springsteen test on the way to the airfield.

Nav/map cell phone integration are standard but does the radio/Map interface really have to be that dysfunctional? Come on. Outsource the Toyota Nav/map interface. Have your son/daughter create the radio interface. Design by committee should be forbodden!

And yes, the espresso size cup holders are useless. If you give them the power to rocket off the line and get to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds as claimed, then give us cupholders that can hold the beverage instead of dumping it in our laps!

Recently Mercedes has had problems with quality and reliability, issues that are very foreign to them. Trying to be everything to everyone is not of Mercedes' stature. What they do best is the luxury and the ultra-luxury segment. And Now with the stunning 'sleeper' 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 they can take the frown off their face and put a smile on everyone that has the pleasure to drive it.



2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500

2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500

2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500

2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500

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