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
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 Outlet, 12v
Refrigerated Storage Compartment, in Glove Compartment
Service Interval Indicator
Includes Average Fuel Economy, Average Speed, Current Fuel Economy and Range For Remaining Fuel
Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote
Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System
Drive: Rear-Wheel Drive
Axle Ratio, 2.470
Driver Modes: Engine Mapping
Fuel Tank, 21.1 Gallon
Traction Control, Electronic
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
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
Airbag, Side Curtain
Collision Warning System, Attention Assist
Fog Lights, Rear
Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor
Lights, Daytime Running
Low Tire Pressure Indicator
Passenger Assist Handles
Theft Deterrent System
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
Audio System, AM/FM Radio, 6-Disc CD Changer/MP3 Player, Digital/Satellite Radio with Digital Media Card
Remote Audio Controls
Speakers, 14 Harman/Kardon®
Suspension, Airmatic® w/ Air Spring
Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim
Wheels, 18" Alloy
Rim Width: 8.5"