Mercedes-Benz has given the CL a mid-cycle facelift, three years after its introduction, providing the big two-door with lightly altered bumpers and a host of other cosmetic changes.
Among them: New LED daytime running lamps, reshaped headlamps, a more contoured hood, larger exterior mirrors with integrated indicators and revised tail-lamp lenses.
But more significant changes are underneath the hood, with the arrival of a new twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V8 direct-injection gasoline engine -- the first of Mercedes-Benz's advanced MoVe powerplants that aim to bring efficiency gains to its lineup.
With 429 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, the new engine delivers 47 hp and 125 lb-ft more than the naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 it replaces in the four-year-old CL500. The changes are enough to lower the luxury coupe's 0-to-62-mph time by 0.5 second to 4.9 seconds. The top speed remains 155 mph.