Ben’s Q-Ship post the other day got me thinking about these biggest of Benz coupes. There’s something to be said about the pure indulgence intrinsic in massive luxury coupes. Ben’s 65 puts the “rocket ship” in Q-ship, but the “pedestrian,” non-AMG’d CL600 was no slouch either. 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. 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. 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. But if a Benz CL is what you want, you’d have class and cash left over with a reduced price around $16k. Not bad to get into this lineage.