Mercedes Benz takes their line-up of Dream Cars rather seriously. It is represented by powerful Mercedes-AMG driver’s cars, the ultimate luxury of Mercedes-Maybachs, and the undeniable connoisseur’s choice of elegant coupes and cabriolets — all of which have one thing in common: pure desirability. Earlier today, Mercedes Benz Malaysia revealed three new models to join the Dream Cars line-up: the Mercedes Benz CLS-Class Coupe, the Mercedes-AMG GT C and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet.
While the E-Class Cabriolet is offered in just one variant, E 300 specification, the CLS Coupe if offered with several new engine variants – CLS 350, CLS 450 and a range topping CLS 53 AMG. The AMG GT C joins the AMG GT family line up of AMG GT S and the Beast from Green Hell.
“From the seductive design of the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, which was the original four-door coupe, to the AMG GT C which adds yet another thrilling facet to the AMG GT family and the E-Class Cabriolet, a masterpiece of intelligence now with the liberation of topless motoring, the Dream Cars offer the utmost indulgence for every kind of driver. In other words, we invite you to Risk an Affair,” said Mark Raine, Vice President Sales & Marketing Passenger Cars, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.
Motivation in the E 300 Cabriolet comes from the familiar two-litre turbocharged lump that makes 245 hp and 370 Nm, paired to a 9-speed transmission and good for a century sprint of 6.5 seconds, towards a top speed of 250 km/h. Standard are all the tech features from the standard E-Class, but the cabriolet also gains a widescreen cockpit with COMAND, extended intelligent safety functions, 19-inch alloys as well as MULTIBEAM LED headlights. The new E 300 Cabriolet is larger and more luxurious than its predecessor and is offered in the sporty AMG Line, priced from RM588,888.
The AMG GT C is the middle child of the AMG GT family, slotting in between the AMG GT S and the AMG GT R. Power comes from a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 that makes a healthy 557 hp and 680 Nm, paired to a AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed transmission which enables a century sprint of 3.7 seconds and towards a vmax of 316 km/h. These performance figures best the AMG GT S by 47 hp and 30 Nm respectively.
“The brutal Mercedes AMG GT C is an exciting addition to the AMG GT collection and, of course, to the World’s Fastest Family. Incredibly powerful and dynamically superior, the AMG GT C is also the complete aesthetic package with the intimidating Panamericana grille, wide stance and low, purposeful silhouette. With the new GT C, the AMG GT family has options for all passionate AMG aficionados, but all carrying the same superior motorsport DNA and coming from the same high performance bloodline for the ultimate in AMG performance,” said Mark Raine, Vice President Sales & Marketing Passenger Cars, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.
Standard equipment on the AMG GT C includes the AMG Performance exhaust, active rear-wheel steering which was lifted off the AMG GT R, a rear-axle limited slip differential, three stage ESP and high compound performance brake system, with the option of carbon ceramics. Prices for the AMG GT C starts from RM1,461,605.60.
Perhaps the most interesting new model to join the Dream Car range is the new, third generation CLS. The CLS introduction in Malaysia brings with it the first application of Mercedes-Benz’s new generation electrified twin-turbo engine with electric boost compression as well as an Integrated Starter Generator. There will be three variants of the CLS in Malaysia – CLS 350, CLS 450 Edition 1, and the range topping Mercedes-AMG CLS 53.The Edition 1 specification for the CLS adds exclusivity to the superlative expression of style with a COPPER ART interior concept along with an interior trim in open-pore black ash wood with Edition 1 engraving as standard.
Think of the CLS as the sort of vehicle that offers luxury and niceties similar to an S-Class but for the sort of owner who prefers to be behind the wheel. It is also interesting to note that the third-generation CLS will usher in the era of Mercedes’ new design language; while the new A-Class is unlikely to join the ranks of Merc’s Dream Cars, it’s still the one car we’re looking forward to seeing on our shores.
“The Mercedes-Benz CLS has been an icon since its introduction, a supremely crafted four-door coupe. With an unmistakably unique aesthetic, which has now set the tone for the contemporary Mercedes-Benz design language, it is a legendary automobile and has completely earned its place among our Dream Cars. In addition, the CLS features a new generation electrified powertrain for the perfect combination of luxury, comfort, progress-ivity and performance in a bold statement. Without a doubt, the CLS is Designed to Seduce,” said Mark Raine, Vice President Sales & Marketing Passenger Cars, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.
Nestled under the hood of the CLS 53 is a 3.0-litre in-line six that makes 435 hp and 520 Nm with the EQ Boost starter-alternator fitted between engine and transmission. This new tech builds a high charge pressure without any delay, for a faster increase in torque for acceleration until the large exhaust gas turbocharger is deployed, and works to enhance the hallmark of AMG performance and driving dynamics with the added bonus of reduced fuel consumption and emissions. The CLS 53 4MATIC+ accelerates from zero to hundred in just 4.5 seconds, and with the Driver’s Package achieves a top speed of 270 km/h.
While the CLS 450 gets a similar 3.0-litre six-cylinder which makes 367 hp and 500Nm, the CLS 350 is powered by the familiar 2.0-litre four-cylinder with 299 hp and 400 Nm. Both the CLS 450 and CLS 350 will have EQ Boost and a 48 volt onboard electrical system which provides an additional 22 hp and 250 Nm boost, available over short periods. The top speeds are electronically limited to 250 km/h,
Prices for the CLS 350 starts from an estimated RM530,000 while the CLS 450 will be priced from RM650,034.58. The range topping AMG CLS 53 will be priced from RM806,638.35. Do bear in mind that all prices listed above are with 0% GST, and is subject to change upon implementation of SST.