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Mercedes CLS 500

Year (of specifications) 2004 - 2010
Engine 4966 cc V8
Transmission 7 speed DSG auto
Max speed 155 mph (limited)
0-60 6.1 seconds
Horsepower 302 bhp @ 5600 rpm
weight 1810 kgs / 3989 lbs

The Mercedes-Benz CLS was first introduced in 2003. Upon its arrival it started a whole new segment, the four-door coupe.

The first generation of the CLS, officially called the Mercedes-Benz C219, is based upon the W219 platform, a W211 E-Class spin-off that is stretched by six inches (152 mm).

The CLS-Class was first revealed in concept form at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show where it was named the Vision CLS concept. The production version CLS 500 made its arrived at the 2004 New York International Auto Show.

The first-generation CLS was fast, safe and popular. It featured an array of safety equipment, like sensors which detected and reacted to an imminent collision by tightening the seatbelts, adjusting the front passenger seat positions to better cope with an impact, and automatically shutting the sunroof. In addition to front airbags, there are side-impact airbags in the front seats, and curtain airbags throughout the vehicle.

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