Ben’s Q-Ship post the other day got me thinking about these biggest of Benz coupes. Â There’s something to be said about the pure indulgence intrinsic in massive luxury coupes. Â Ben’s 65 puts the “rocket ship” in Q-ship, but the “pedestrian,” non-AMG’d CL600 was no slouch either. Â It only made 60% of the CL65’s power (367 vs. 612), but it was still a burly V12 able to excite while cruising in a massive, B-pillarless yacht of a coupe.
It’s a shame it’s not two years older, when the 600 gained twin turbos. Â But really, an engine that needs its torque electronically limited is an exercise in absurdity; the 600 and V12 badges will impress just as much when you’re cruising. Â It’s just over 100k miles, usually a nice amount but with a German V12, any miles are bad miles in terms of maintenance cost. Â But if a Benz CL is what you want, you’d have class and cash left over with a reduced price around $16k. Â Not bad to get into this lineage.