So What is a CLS?

 Lets start with a rummidge through the internet and list some facts... 

 You have seen others on the road and you liked what you saw. So here is some basic information about the CLS series as a whole so you too can fall in love.

Coupe Leicht (Light) Sport is what CLS stands for and is a concept designed by Mercedes first and released in 2004. The four door fastback was based on the E-Class platform and marketed as a four seat, four door coupe. The CLS is positioned above the E-Class and below the S Class in the Mercedes model range. 

There are now three generations of CLS. The first 2004 through 2010, the second 2010 through 2018 and the latest has just been released in 2019. There has been only ever been one Launch Edition! Approximately 12000 CLS cars of all engine and bodies were sold in 2012 worldwide, and it is estimated that 75% were sold in North America.

The W218 series as shown here is a later version than the preceding W219 (just a quirk of the Mercedes model designation system) and all were manufactured in Sindelfingen, Germany. The standard 550 CLS is a petrol (gas) powered bi-turbo V8 of 4.7 liter capacity, the engine designation is M278. It produces 402 horsepower and 443 lbft of torque as configured for North America. It will power 0-62MPH in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed limited to 155MPH. 

Dimensionally similar to the E-Class of which its platform is based, it has a wheelbase of 113.2 inches with an overall length of 194.5. Comfortably fitting into most parking spaces, its width reaches 74.1 inches. It sits at 55.8 inches tall on Launch Edition 19 inch wheels and at standard ride height. It has a base curb weight of 4158 pounds. 

At release its economy figures read 18 MPG City and 27 MPG Highway producing a combined 21 MPG from a 21.1 gallon tank. I will say that I tend to get considerably better than this, even in Chicago traffic and having greater horsepower!

Although most lists tend to vary, the following is an amalgamated list of standard features of the 2012 CLS. This does not include additional features of the Launch Edition. Like most Mercedes product, even the standard summary is considerable.

Engine: V8   Turbo 4.7 Liter - M 278

Brake Assist   System

Brakes, 4   Wheel Disc w/ABS

Cornering   Brake Control

Electronic   Brake Distribution

Air   Conditioning: Dual-zone climate control

Bluetooth® Connection To   External Entertainment Devices

Cruise/Speed   Control

Cup Holders,   Front

Entertainment   Display Screen

Garage Door   Opener

Internal HD,   80GB Capacity

Memory   Adjustment: Mirror, Steering Wheel, Head Restraint

Multi-Function   Display Screen

Navigation   System, with Internal HD and Traffic Info

Power Locks

Power Outlet,   12v

Power Windows

Refrigerated   Storage Compartment, in Glove Compartment

Service   Interval Indicator


Trip Computer

Includes   Average Fuel Economy, Average Speed, Current Fuel Economy and Range For Remaining   Fuel

Trunk/Hatch   Release, Remote

Ventilation   System

Voice   Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

Drive:   Rear-Wheel Drive

Axle Ratio,   2.470

Brakes,   Regenerative


Driver Modes:   Engine Mapping

External   Temperature

Fuel Tank,   21.1 Gallon


Traction   Control, Electronic

Spoiler,   Trunk/Hatch

Bumpers,   Front, Rear Painted

Chrome/Bright   Trim, Window Surround

Door Handles   (Exterior), Body Color

Doors, Driver   Front Hinged

Sunroof, Glass   Remote

Vanity Mirror:   Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror

Armrest, Front   Seat Center


Cigar Lighter


Floor Mats,   Carpet

Light, Cargo   Area

Luxury Trim,   Wood/Woodgrain On Console And Instrument Panel ; Wood & Leather On Doors;   Alloy & Leather On Shift Knob

Steering   Wheel: Alloy & leather-trimmed, tilt telescoping steering wheel

Reading   Lights, Rear

Body-color   heated driver power door mirrors with turn signals, body-color heated   passenger power door mirrors with turn signal 

Rear View   Mirror, Automatic

Engine   Immobilizer

Paint,   Metallic

Airbag, Front

Airbag, Side

Airbag, Side   Curtain

Airbags, Knee

Collision Warning   System, Attention Assist

Fog Lights,   Rear

Glass, Tinted

Head   Restraints

Headlight   Control, Dusk Sensor

Headlights,   Bi-Xenon

Heated Washer

Hill Holder

Isofix   Preparation

Lights,   Daytime Running

Low Tire   Pressure Indicator

Passenger   Assist Handles

Seatbelts,   Front

Seatbelts,   Rear

Theft   Deterrent System

Windshield   Wipers

Driver Seat,   12-Way Power Heated Bucket; Passenger Seat, 12-Way Power Heated Bucket

Driver Seat   Includes Memory Recline, Memory Reach, Memory Height Adjust, Power Lumbar and   Memory Tilt Adjust; Passenger Seat Includes Memory Recline, Memory Reach,   Memory Height Adjust, Power Lumbar and Memory Tilt Adjust

Rear Seats,   Bench/Sports

Seat   Upholstery, Leather 

Seating, 4

Antenna,   Diversity

Audio System,   AM/FM Radio, 6-Disc CD Changer/MP3 Player, Digital/Satellite Radio with   Digital Media Card

Disc   Autochanger 


MP3 Player 

Remote Audio   Controls

Speakers, 14   Harman/Kardon®

Power Steering

Responsive   Suspension

Suspension   Leveling

Suspension,   Airmatic® w/ Air Spring

Spare Tire,   Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Wheels,   18" Alloy

Rim Width:   8.5"